As of yesterday, Microsoft issued an announcement that Windows 8.1 is available to its commercial customers and partners! We welcome back the “Start” button to the Windows desktop, as well as a range of new features and improvements to Windows 8 that will allow users to benefit from a powerful, flexible operating system across any device they choose.
For Office 365 users who might have noticed a slew of enhancements to the platform for manageability, security and mobility over the past few months, Windows 8.1 carries the trend over, with design changes tailored to increase productivity with connected mobile scenarios.
Other changes include:
Boot to Desktop option
Global Search function, powered by Bing
Deeper integration with SkyDrive as the default location to store new documents, with placeholder files allowing fast access to files, anywhere, anytime
Customizable live tile sizes
To see a nice guide to Windows 8.1 updates, check out this blog post from Mashable. As always, if you have any questions about how Windows 8.1 might integrate into your Office 365 experience, don’t hesitate to send us a note.