Microsoft promotes Windows 8.1 for financial business use

Thomson Reuters' BoardLink is a new Windows 8 financial app that will be released later this week.

With the official launch of Windows 8.1 just a few weeks away, Microsoft is promoting the use of the updated OS in different types of business markets. Today, as part of its appearance at the Sibos financial services event this week in Abu Dhabi, Microsoft is showing how Windows 8.1 can be used by large financial institutions.

This type of businesses will likely want to use the Windows 8.1 Enterprise SKU, which will have more security options than the Windows 8.1 Core or Pro versions. In a post today on the Windows for your Business blog, Microsoft says:

We designed Windows 8.1 with enterprise needs in mind, to ensure companies, especially in sectors like financial services, have advanced tools to protect their sensitive information –including biometrics for user authentication, remote business data removal for BYOD devices, and encryption support on all Windows 8.1 devices. As mobility demands increase, features like DirectAccess and business-class VPN functionality allow employees to stay connected to the people, apps and data they need to get their jobs done, while keeping corporate networks and data secure.

The blog post also reveals some new financial Windows 8 apps that will be launched later this week. One of them comes from Thomson Reuters, called BoardLink. The app is being made especially for the use of the members of a large company's board of directors. Board members typically have to hold a large physical book with sensitive information about their company, but this kind of setup has many security issues. BoardLink is designed to encrypt that kind of information and present it to those members via an app that can be run on tablets and other mobile devices. It also allows for collaboration between members of the board and offers links to the market database of Thomson Reuters.

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tablets have their place. Laptops will still work for at home work. some people like myself like to keep our data local here where we are.

tablets are good for people on the go. I'm kinda stubborn when people try to tell me what do to and when. It used to be that we could customize our OS but in the last 4 years that has changed. I'm a free bird

To be honest, that app looks pretty decent for tablet use. However, I can't see anybody using that on the desktop and that's where Microsoft has failed with its unified philosophy.

theyarecomingforyou said,
To be honest, that app looks pretty decent for tablet use. However, I can't see anybody using that on the desktop and that's where Microsoft has failed with its unified philosophy.

Businesses use terminal-style apps all the time. They take up the full screen, and work just like full-screen apps. Next time you're at a bank, or a dental office, check out their PCs and look at what they're using.

W8 just gets rid of unnecessary screen elements like the task bar and makes them look prettier. Even if they don't decide to make them touch terminals (which businesses also use), its still an upgrade.

"Today, as part of its appearance at the Sibos financial services event this week in Abu Dhabi, Microsoft is showing how Windows 8.1 can be used by large financial institutions."

To the author of the article, the event is going on in Dubai, not Abu Dhabi.

And secondly Windows 8 and 8.1 in the city and country in which this conference is going on itself has failed.

Who are these 8.1 bashers trying to convince - us or themselves? It's a lot of the same people that come on and try to bash 8.1 - even ahead of the public RTM - out of one of two things; hatred of Microsoft (there are some folks that enjoy bashing Microsoft for even the flimsiest of excuses) or out of some irrational fear that the desktop is endangered.

Albert said,
financially the most unsuccessful version of windows. worse than vista. how ironic.
Damn Albert. You remind me of myself. What else is on your mind? :-)

Dot Matrix said,

Source?

do a "windows 8 worse than vista" search and have fun.

if you think that's biased, well then do a "windows 8 better than vista" and weep. or lmfao like me. lol.

Albert said,

do a "windows 8 worse than vista" search and have fun.

if you think that's biased, well then do a "windows 8 better than vista" and weep. or lmfao like me. lol.

Anything that doesn't come straight from Microsoft will be dismissed as "biased" in the minds of the Windows 8 denialist. At least it was that way until Steve Ballmer himself admitted it wasn't selling well, then even he became an unreliable source according to them.

Albert said,

do a "windows 8 worse than vista" search and have fun.

if you think that's biased, well then do a "windows 8 better than vista" and weep. or lmfao like me. lol.

400 million copies of Vista was sold in 3 years. But yet we still have to hear how its a failure. W8 sold more than a 120 million in 10 months and we still hear how it's a failure! Neither can't be as bad as you claim if it sold that many, can it?

Albert said,

do a "windows 8 worse than vista" search and have fun.

if you think that's biased, well then do a "windows 8 better than vista" and weep. or lmfao like me. lol.

Right. So I ask again, source please? "Internet search" doesn't count as a source. I wanted to see facts, not BS from some Joe Schmoe.

Dot Matrix said,

Right. So I ask again, source please? "Internet search" doesn't count as a source. I wanted to see facts, not BS from some Joe Schmoe.

i'd rather joe schmoe that the 'fact' from some unprofessional journalism site. but i respect your preference. lol.

coth said,
UI looks quite complicated and overloaded

It depends on how the application is written. I doubt people in Finance/Share Market likes to play, rather than opening their company app and do their work

coth said,
UI looks quite complicated and overloaded

This is made for getting things done and not to look pretty (although it doesn't look bad at all). I'm sure if you're in this industry, this won't look complicated. I'm sure Visual Studio 2012 looks complicated to a banker too...

ZipZapRap said,
if that honestly looks complicated to you, buy an iPad. 4 x 4 grid of icons might be yo thang....

Yeah jokes aside this looks so clean and simple - you have to be very technologically challenged to say this is complicated...

trojan_market said,

Not the best UI design but definitely not complicated.

Agreed. Complicated isn't the right word. It doesn't really look complicated in the slightest, but it is a waste of screen real estate making finding information you want to see take longer and require more scrolling or clicking.

At a glance you can see 5 documents, a month view calendar with todays events below, and 3 appointments almost fit on the screen. That is VERY little information on the screen at any given time. My complaint, as it has been all along, will hold true as long as the UI does't get overhauled. It's a massive waste of space with big fonts and hundreds of wasted pixels of padding on everything.

But yeah, it looks pretty I guess if that's what is important to you.