Windows Phone 8.1 Update brings Cortana to new markets + new features

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Back in April, you heard me talk about how we believe Windows Phone 8.1 is the world’s most personal smartphonebecause of features like highly personal Live Tiles on your Start screen and the world’s first truly personal digital assistant. Today I am in China to talk about how we’re continuing this vision in the very first update to Windows Phone 8.1, which we’re making available in preview form for developers next week. This update has some great new features for everyone around the world, and in particular we also included some that were completely customized for and by people in China. I’m going to tell you about a couple of the new features in this update.


We have been thrilled by the excitement around Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. And we’re excited to make her available for people in China and the UK with this update as a “beta” and in Canada, India, and Australia as an “alpha”.


The huge Chinese market has a bunch of different expectations and needs than the US or other countries—so while Cortana (nicknamed “Xiao Na”) generally works the same way in China as the US and the rest of the world, China did get some “special features”. As you’d expect, in her notebook, she displays what she is tracking for you, so you can see and control it. You can set reminders and quiet hours with her. She understands the whole internet so she readily helps you find anything you need. But our team in Microsoft China developed a number of additional features specifically for China. She has an alternative form which has a different visual appearance, animations, and sounds. She supports Chinese (Mandarin) in voice, text, and speech. She also has specialized suggestions tuned specifically for people living in China, like air quality information in weather cards, information about driving restrictions, and the ability to track local TV shows and celebrities. She can look up English words in the Bing Dictionary for people looking to brush up on their English.

Of course fitting a local-market isn’t specific to China! For the UK, Cortana has been tailored to support UK spellings and pronunciations and Bing-provided local data on sports teams (for the EPL), the London Stock Exchange, commuter conditions, and more. The voice and accent is, of course, local, and Cortana’s personality in the UK has also been tweaked to be more locally relevant.

We’re also bringing some improvements for Cortana in the U.S., including new natural language scenarios, snooze times for reminders, and a number of neat additions to her personality (try asking “do an impersonation” and see what happens). We’ve also added the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free in your car for phones connected to car Bluetooth kits that are integrated with your contacts list. If your car kit is integrated with your contacts, you can now treat Cortana as a contact to invoke her, simply saying “Call Cortana” and then talking to her as you normally would.

We know there has been a lot of enthusiasm about Cortana in many other markets, and we wanted to give more people the ability to start using Cortana. Therefore, we’re also starting a new “alpha” program in three countries: Canada, India, and Australia. This early adopter program will be opt-in and give people the ability to try Cortana using English language models from the US and the UK.

Live Folders:

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You asked for it! You can now organize your apps into folders on your Start screen! We call this Live Folders because the live tiles of apps appear in the tile of the folders—you won’t miss tile updates because you group apps in a folder! To create a Live Folder, just drag a tile over another tile and then name the folder. Open the folder to change the folder name and arrange and size the tiles however you want.

Xbox Music: Faster and with more features

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The Xbox Music app has been updated to deliver much better performance in areas like app load and list scrolling. It’s also brought back features that were missing in the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. From background sync of your collection, to swipe to advance, the product has been continually adding features in every two weeks for the past few months. And in the coming month, there will be a “quickplay” of recent playback activities, and support for Kids Corner. Some of these features/improvements are already there in the latest Xbox Music app with the Windows Phone 8.1 release, but some (Live Tile in particular) are specific to the Windows Phone 8.1 Update. More to come!

Store Live Tile:

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We made it easier for you to see the latest info about the latest apps and games available in the Windows Phone Store through its Live Tile. If you have the Store pinned to your Start screen on your device, you’ll get updates on the newest titles – refreshed every 6 hours – streamed dynamically to you throughout your day.

SMS merge & forwarding:


We have added the ability to select multiple SMS messages for deletion and forwarding, making it easier to manage your text messages.

Apps Corner:


With Apps Corner, you can specify which apps are displayed in a special “sandboxed” mode (like a protected Start screen) that restricts which apps are used. This feature is for businesses so they can allow access to select apps in cases where a full MDM solution isn’t required. Apps Corner can also be used to boot straight to an app. An example of where this scenario would come in handy might be with employees at a distribution center using Windows Phone devices that go straight into an inventory app they use to scan products in the warehouse when they turn on their phone. Apps Corner can also be used to setup retail demos. Retailers can export the profile of Apps Corner on one device and import it on to other devices. And developers can get data on usage from inside Apps Corner too.

Enhanced privacy and security:

We’ve made some improvements in the Windows Phone 8.1 Update to keep your data and identity more protected on public networks. For example, we have added the ability for you to send and receive data through a virtual private network (VPN) when connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots giving you another layer of protection. If you’re on your home wireless, creating a VPN provides anonymity to help shield your device from being identified by other devices on the network.

When can I get the Windows Phone 8.1 Update?

If you’re already on the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers then this update should be rolling out next week. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update will roll out to consumers with devices running Windows Phone 8.1 in the coming months. As always, keep sending us your feedback here on UserVoice! Enjoy the update!



Mouse Without Borders

Mouse Without Borders, a must-have productivity tool for power users

Consider this, you’re sitting at your desk. On it, you’ve got a desktop PC, a laptop and a Surface. Haven’t you ever wished that you could use a single keyboard and mouse to control all of those devices without having to fiddle with any cables?
While you could invest in additional hardware to do just that, there is an easier, simpler solution; enter Mouse Without Borders. This nifty piece of software came as a result of the Microsoft Garage initiative which set out to inspire developers to create innovative software applications.
Getting Mouse Without Borders set up is a fairly easy process; simply install it on all the PC’s you want to connect and follow the on-screen instructions. As long as all your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you’ll be up and running in seconds. If you’re looking for even more flexibility, you could install the Windows Phone or Windows Store versions of the app. You’re completely covered.
Mouse Without Borders is an absolute must-have for power-users, and as a bonus, the app also allows you to drag and drop files across PC screens as easily as you would on a single PC running multiple displays. Copy pasting text works just the same too. It’s an easy, convenient, yet powerful solution that frankly should be built right into Windows.


MVA Track: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Join Microsoft Product Marketing Manager David Fabritius​ as he takes you through Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the new Windows Server Essentials Experience role available on the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2012 R2. introduces the most sophisticated rules in webmail


When it comes to getting organized, has you covered. Starting today, we are releasing Advanced Rules and three other features, all to help you keep your inbox in top shape and make it even easier to see the email that matters to you.

The average person has 184 emails in their inbox, and receives 28 emails each day.* This can be a lot to handle, so helping you get to the email you care about is one of our top priorities. already has a number of features to help you do this. For example, Sweep (one of our most popular) helps you quickly delete multiple unwanted emails.

The following new features, which are rolling out today, build on our commitment to give your inbox new and better ways to do the heavy lifting and help you save time.

Advanced Rules

With Advanced Rules, you now have more control over how your emails are sorted, filed or bumped to the top of your inbox. You can create multi-condition and multi-action rules and set your inbox to organize itself automatically. Advanced Rules allow you to combine your existing rules together and customize them to suit you. We’ve included a number of optional conditions that are unique to, including time constraints, email tallying, checking read/unread state of emails, and checking if the sender is a contact you know.

Here’s an example of an Advanced Rule:

If an unread email is older than 3 days and is from one of your contacts, mark it as important and flag it.

This rule brings any emails you might have missed, from real people you know, to the top of your inbox.

Create rule page


We all make mistakes. Billions of emails in are moved from one folder to another every week. Occasionally, you’ll drop an email into the wrong folder or hit Delete by accident. Now it’s even easier to undo mistakes in range of commands—delete, categorize, flag, mark as junk, or move—for one email or a whole group. Just click the undo button, or type Ctrl+Z, to bring them right back.

Undo button

In-line reply customers use the Reply button almost 8 million times a day. With in-line reply, you can directly respond to an email thread without launching a new view. In-line reply can help you save time, and track your conversations more easily.

In-line reply

More personal messaging

One thing we heard from customers was that starting a chat session with friends wasn’t as easy to find as it could be, so we’ve made several improvements to the experience:

  • Find recent conversations and other contacts you can chat with in the bottom left of your inbox. One click will launch you straight into a conversation with them.
  • If you’re chatting with a friend on one service, but want to continue the talk on another service, now you can switch over from right inside the chat session.

Chat switch

  • You can now browse your People by filtering what service they’re using (Skype, Facebook etc.). You can even see who’s currently available–Icons will now appear alongside names, so you know who’s able to Video, Call or just chat.

Contacts switch

These improvements will be rolling out to our customers in the next few weeks, so if you don’t have access to them yet, check back again soon. Give them a try and let us know what you think, by tweeting to @Outlook or leaving a comment below.

—Mike Schackwitz, Principal Director of Program Management,

*Both studies conducted by The Radicati Group, Inc. (


Source: MS Blog

Out-of-Band Release to Address Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983

At approximately 10 a.m. PDT, we will release an out-of-band security update to address the issue affecting Internet Explorer (IE) that was first discussed in Security Advisory 2963983. This update is fully tested and ready for release for all affected versions of the browser.

The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action because protections will be downloaded and installed automatically. If you’re unsure if you have automatic updates, or you haven’t enabled Automatic Update, now is the time. 

For those manually updating, we strongly encourage you to apply this update as quickly as possible following the directions in the released security bulletin.

We have made the decision to issue a security update for Windows XP users. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and we continue to encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1. Additionally, customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11.

Please join us tomorrow at 11 a.m. PDT for a webcast where we will present information on the bulletin.

Registration information:

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. PDT

More information about the upcoming security bulletin can be found at Microsoft’s Advance Notification Service (ANS) webpage.You can also stay apprised of the MSRC team’s recent activities by following us on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse

Thank you,
Dustin Childs
Group Manager, Response Communications
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing

Reading List now available for Windows Phone 8.1

From the MS Phone Blog:


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Reading List on Windows Phone 8.1 shares many of the awesome features seen in the Windows 8.1 app like being able to organize and filter articles into categories. Reading List on Windows Phone 8.1 has an improved Home screen that highlights an article from your list with a nice big version of the article’s image and under that, the Recently viewed section will show the five most recent things launched from Reading List.

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Also on Windows Phone 8.1, you can pin your favorite categories to your Start screen! As you can probably imagine, I’ve got the tech category pinned to mine.

Once you’re done reading an article, you can quickly delete that article. If you accidentally delete an article, you can go into the recently deleted section and find it. If you really like an article you read, you can select and share it to apps like Facebook or OneNote.

Ok, here is the really awesome part: articles you share to Reading List on Windows Phone 8.1 will sync across to your devices running Windows 8.1. So you can access your articles across all your devices! This means if I’m on the go and share an article from my phone to read later, I can go to that article on one of my PCs or tablets running Windows 8.1, fire up Reading List and access that article. This is really awesome.

If you’re giving Windows Phone 8.1 a try today as part of the Windows Phone Preview for Developers, give Reading List a try!

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Power User guide showcases twenty pages of what’s new

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Power User guide showcases twenty pages of what's new

Microsoft unveiled the next big update to Windows 8.1, called Update 1, and is set to go live tomorrow, April 8th, via Windows Update. However, you can get a head start on learning about the new features by downloading the official Power User guide for Windows 8.1 Update 1, offering 20 pages showcasing the new features of the update.

“This 20 pages brochure-type guide is designed for end-users who want to learn more about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as Taskbar customization, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast, OneDrive for Business, and File Explorer. Power users will enjoy learning about how they can get the most out of their Windows 8.1 devices,” Microsoft stated.

In the guide, Microsoft offers pointers for non-touch users, offering tips on how to access key areas of the operating system using your mouse and keyboard. The devices and services giant also showcases new shortcuts on how to maneuver around Windows 8.1 Update 1, and you can take a look at these shortcuts via the image below.

“With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new customizable taskbar and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and fluid access to the world. And best of all, you can use all these features feeling confident that your important data is secure,” the guide states.

Grab the guide (PDF) via the download link below. Windows 8.1 Update 1 is set for general availability tomorrow, April 8th. If a 20 page overview is not good enough, here’s an official Microsoft TechNet post detailing all of the new features in Windows 8.1 Update 1:

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Power User guide showcases twenty pages of what's new

Exploring Windows 8.1 Update – Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements

Welcome to Ask PFE Plat’s coverage of the next chapter in Microsoft’s on-going refinement of Windows. As with 8.1, we continue to evolve and improve the OS and last week, at the Build 2014 conference, we released “Windows 8.1 Update” to MSDN. On Tuesday, April 8th, the Update will be released to the Windows Update Catalog, Windows Update and WSUS channels.
Our prior post on the “dot 1” update to Windows 8 RTM from October of last year sparked great conversation – in fact, it was our most-commented post; we (PFEs and Microsoft as a whole) appreciate the feedback and discussion. Several of us have been chomping at the bit to bring you details of the changes coming with this Update. This is a “roundtable post” with discussion from myself (Michael Hildebrand), Jeff “The Dude” Stokes, Kyle Blagg, Mark Morowczynski and who can talk about Windows 8 without talking to Joao Botto?
Let’s roll…
The Update, as we’ll call it here, is actually a series of packages that install collectively and provide UI and functionality improvements (many geared towards keyboard/mouse users), a big IE feature-add as well as some heavy-lifting internal changes to Windows boot structures and memory/resource awareness and management. For additional information, check out the following:
This post will focus mostly on the UI changes – there may be future AskPFE Platforms posts that dive into some of the other aspects of the Update.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s cover a few heads-up/FAQ comments:
  • It will likely change your system’s current behavior:
    • For starters, unless the device is a tablet, a system with this update will boot to the desktop by default
      • You can still choose one way or another but I was surprised when I rebooted and was taken to my desktop instead of my Start screen
    • See the chart further down in the post for a clear list of what default settings are changed and how
  • It does NOT include the Start menu that you may have seen/heard about at the recent Build conference. That is some exciting near-future stuff, which demonstrates our on-going commitment to deliver on customer feedback (such as your comments on this very blog)
  • It is defined as an “Important – Security update” in our Windows Updates framework
  • It is a cumulative update to Windows 8.1 that includes all previously released security and non-security updates
  • It is a required update to keep your Windows 8.1 device current
    • Failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014 (get busy!)
  • Windows 8.1 is a prerequisite (vs Windows 8 RTM)
    • Windows 8.1 media/WIMs/TechNet ISOs/Store bits/etc will be slipstreamed with this Update in the near term
  • KB2919442 is a pre-requisite update – released in March 2014 – you’ll need this before 2919355 will be recognized
  • Additional info can be found in the KB – which obviously, you should read
  • The Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) has been updated to accommodate the changes to Windows with this Update
To get the Update, make sure you are running Windows 8.1 and then hit Windows Update or the Windows Download Center
Let’s start with Start
Now that you have everything installed and your reboots are done, sign in and make your way to the Start screen. You’ll notice a few things that folks have asked for:
  • Power
    • Many of you have adapted with a variety of ways to turn off or reboot your PC, but now, there is a simple power UI on Start. Handy-dandy!
      • A quick note on ‘Sleep’ – Have you tried the ‘Sleep’ functionality recently? On prior generation devices, I never had much luck with Sleep. It seemed like it took longer to go to sleep than to shut my old laptop down, and resuming seemed to take longer than a full boot up. However, with the newer devices, SSDs and Windows 8, I find sleep a much-improved experience and very close to an ‘instant on’ solution that I prefer most of the time to a typical shutdown.
    • If your screen is less than 8.5″, then you won’t see the Power icon – you’ll only see the Search icon (next up).
  • Search
    • Again, many of you have likely learned to “just type” on the Start screen for searching but we’ve added a clickable Search icon that will ‘fly-out’ the Search box – this helps visual people like me. I often wondered where my typing was going in the early days of Win8.
  • If you’re using a mouse, you can now right-click Tiles and get a familiar “context” style menu to manipulate them.
Some of the early Windows 8 feedback was that folks didn’t like booting to the Start screen. With Windows 8.1, you could choose – boot to Desktop or boot to Start.
That flexibility remains unchanged in this Update but going forward, there are new defaults – as mentioned before,Windows 8.1 Update now boots to the desktop as the default unless the device is a tablet form factor.
There is a new group of Tiles that are added to a new user’s Start screen for some of the more commonly-used settings/locations:
  • This PC (a.k.a. “My Computer”)
  • PC Settings
  • Documents
  • Pictures
  • You will *NOT* see these added to your established Start screen – only new profiles get these
  • Windows RT users only get the “PC Settings” Tile
The Apps View
Let’s review some of the changes that you’ll find in relation to the Apps view.
First off, when you install a new application(s), now there is an indicator and count at the bottom of the Start screen.
Click the arrow or swipe-up into the Apps view. Those new Apps are highlighted and have a bright blue NEW next to the title (this will go away once you click/open the new App).
The columns have been made wider and spacing increased to account for applications with longer names.
You can sort your Apps your way and now, clicking on the headings will zoom-out so you can jump through your installed applications quicker.
You can subtly shrink the icons in the Apps view to fit even more Apps into the screen, if you so desire:
  • From within the Apps view, bring up Settings > Tiles
  • Slide the “Show more apps in the Apps view” slider to Yes
This can be VERY helpful if you have a lot of Apps installed:
Desktop Changes and Integration with Modern Apps
Now that we’ve covered the Start screen and App view changes, let’s flip to the Desktop and talk about some of the big changes there.
One recurring request for Windows 8 has been to facilitate a better “connection” between the Modern UI and Windows Store Apps with the traditional Desktop. In 8.1, the ability to show your Desktop background on the Start screen helped.  This Update furthers the integration between the Desktop and Modern UI/Apps.
For starters, you likely already noticed the bright green icon in your Taskbar for the Store after installing the Update….
Yes, friends, you can now pin Store Apps to your Taskbar.
But wait – there’s more! Not only can you pin Store Apps to the Taskbar; now, running Store Apps can show up on your Taskbar, just like a traditional Desktop App would.
You can see the App’s thumbnail and operate any controls, such as skipping/pausing songs in the updated Xbox Music App, and close the App, too.
If you’d rather not have Modern Apps taking up that precious real estate on your Taskbar, once again, we provide you the choice of configuration.
  • Right click the Taskbar and select Properties – you’ll see the following new option (highlighted below) which you are free to select/deselect:
After the Update                                                                    Before the Update (for comparison)
Another option to consider – drag your Taskbar up and make it 2x tall – you’ll have more space for a bevy of Apps – Modern and/or traditional
Modern Apps get “minimize” and “close” buttons as part of this Update. I am still a frequent keyboard/mouse user and these two controls make multi-tasking among my open apps more intuitive with how I’m used to working.
In order to see these, hover the mouse pointer at the top of the App.
Also, there is a right-click context menu for splitting the running App across the right or left half of your Desktop (along the lines of the “snap” feature)
DUDE!? – where’s my MINIMIZE?!
Depending on your settings, you may not see the “Minimize” option for Modern Apps.
Above, I showed how to configure Taskbar settings so Modern Apps are displayed on the Taskbar:
That checkbox also determines if you’ll see the Minimize “bar” (checked) or not (unchecked) for a Modern App.
  • You’ll get the close “X” button either way
  • You can pin Modern Apps to the Taskbar regardless, too
One more aspect of the tighter integration between the traditional Desktop and the Modern UI/Apps – the Taskbar can be brought up while using a Store App or on the Start screen.
When the “Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar” option is checked, drag your mouse downward along the very bottom of the screen. The Taskbar will slide up and you can use it to switch between Apps, access the Start button, etc.
  • You can see the Taskbar on the Start screen regardless of the “Show Store apps on the taskbar” setting
 There are some additional changes to OS behavior that may catch you by surprise – here’s a chart to help clarify:
Default Behavior and Settings
Device Type
Before Windows 8.1 Update
After Windows 8.1 Update
  • Boots to Start Screen
  • Closing App takes user back to Start Screen
  • Pictures, Music and Video files open with Modern App
  • Boots to Start Screen
  • Closing App takes user to the previously used App.
  • Pictures, Music and Video files open with Modern App
  • Boots to Start Screen
  • Closing App takes user back to Start Screen
  • Pictures, Music and Video files open with Modern App
  • Boots to Desktop
  • Closing App takes user to the previously used App.
  • After closing all Apps the user ends in the Desktop
  • Pictures, Music and Video files open with Desktop applications
App-specific Changes
The Update introduces changes to some of the in-box Apps such as:
  • Internet Explorer 11
    • There are changes to both the Modern and Desktop versions
    • A future post here will dive into the details of these changes
  • SkyDrive
    • Updated throughout the OS to reflect the new name, OneDrive
    • OneDrive has recently-enhanced features, such as manual Sync and Taskbar icons to provides the status of synchronization
  • XBox Music
    • Now you can pin artists & playlists to the Start Screen, drag & drop songs and albums to edit your playlist
    • There are media controls provided in the Taskbar thumbnail
Modern UI
We’ve added helpful additions to some of the Modern UI screens
Disk Space
  • Easily keep tabs on the amount space that your Apps take up and uninstall them right from here (click “See my app sizes”)
Rename your PC and/or change domain membership with a tap or a click:
The WiFi ‘fly-out’ returns
  • A context menu provides convenient controls for managing WiFi network connections
  • This was removed in Windows 8.1
Touch and touch-keyboard:
  • “Tap and a half” is a new, more intuitive touch gesture for touch-pads – allowing you to tap twice but hold second-tap to highlight text or an object, and then drag and drop it.
  • When working with Office documents, you can lock the touch keyboard via this icon on the bottom right corner:
  • Dismiss or bring up the touch keyboard:

 Source: Technet Blog

Springboard Series Blog: Announcing Windows 8.1 end-user readiness content

Today we’re announcing the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. The package provides a range of guides and video tutorials that will ensure your users take full advantage of Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution
This 16 page brochure-type quick guide provides a basic introduction to key Windows 8.1 features and capabilities in business settings – how to get around, navigate, manage apps, work on desktop, and personalize Windows 8.1. It can be used as first introduction of Windows 8.1 to business users.
Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – raw files for printing
This package allows you to produce your own hard copies of the Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business and give it away as training assets to your end-users. This zip file includes the content in PDF, PowerPoint, and Adobe InDesign formats that you can use as-is or customize to match the requirements of your organization.
This 20 pages brochure-type guide is designed for end-users who want to learn more about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as Taskbar customization, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast, SkyDrive Pro, and File Explorer. Power users will enjoy learning about how they can get the most out of their Windows 8.1 devices.
A series of short videos (~4 minutes each) designed to educate business end-users on basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. Each video consists of real-world business scenarios, a full-screen demo with touch, mouse and keyboard guided by a voiceover providing additional information. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for your users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption.
1) Windows 8.1 Video (1): Meet the new Windows
2) Windows 8.1 Video (2): Get around faster with the charms
3) Windows 8.1 Video (3): Your familiar desktop, only better
4) Windows 8.1 Video (4): Make Windows all about you
7) Windows 8.1 Video (7): Internet Explorer 11
8) Windows 8.1 Video (8): Exploring PC Settings
You can also access the Windows 8.1 business user guide package from the Windows Enterprise site |Resources |Training.
This is only the start of the end-user readiness content we will be releasing over the coming months. In February, we will be releasing a THRU-IT End User Support Toolkit which enables IT departments to communicate, educate, and evangelize the Windows 8.1 experience to end-users. The toolkit will include in-house trainer kits to help IT organizations efficiently deliver Windows 8.1 trainings to users, as well as end-user tip sheet, email template library, posters and flyers designed for IT to create user awareness and excitement to facilitate adoption in Windows 8.1 deployments.
source: MS Blog

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