Microsoft is all set to launch the advanced version of Windows 8 by the end of this year. Though the preview of Windows 8.1 highlighted some of the developed features in the upcoming operating system, Microsoft claims that there are many more features, which would astonish IT and business firms.
The developed segments in Windows 8.1 include support for wirelessly connecting devices to standards-based display screens, using the devices running on Windows 8.1 platform as hot spots, and support for mobile broadband. The preview of Windows 8.1 was released last month that included the legendary Start button and advanced support for 3D printing. However, those users looking forward for Windows 8 upgrade might have to wait for a few months more.
Microsoft assures that the upgraded version would address all the grievances of Windows 8 offering support for a form of network access control in which IT firms can set policies for users, the devices used by them, as well as the network over which they are communicating, in order to control access. Apart from that, Windows 8.1 would offer wireless Miracast support as well. This would allow users to communicate remotely with other devices via Miracast. For instance, business firms can use this feature for PowerPoint presentations in a large conference room easily.
In addition to that, Windows 8.1 would also support near-field communication connections to printers and the Windows 8 devices would be able to print to a local printer that supports NFC. However, the demo of this feature failed during the keynote, and Microsoft is on roll to fix the issue. Nonetheless, those business firms using Windows 8.1 and Windows Server would be able to create Start screen images that can be sent to other devices. This feature would allow the enterprises to create a Start screen with icons for a standard set of applications used regularly, export a file with the specified layout to the Windows Server, and then deploying it to the devices in the network.
Moreover, those looking for Windows 8 upgrade would also get ample support for application-specific VPNs. Microsoft representative said in the keynote address that, “if a VPN is required for accessing a financial application, the app can be written so it is capable of setting up its own VPN without setting up a VPN for the entire system.”
The developed operating system will also support displaying two running applications simultaneously on the screen with the same ratio. With these above-stated advanced features and many more, Windows 8.1 is surely going to compensate for its previous version.