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On a day where most were expecting a small announcement, Microsoft had something big to tell the world. Weighing in at under 800 grams, the Surface Pro 3 has been designed specifically for professionals and students who are looking for the power of a laptop, with the look and feel of a tablet. IT professionals will especially take interest in the fourth generation i5 and new i7 models when running any of the provided Step-By-Step labs in Hyper-V natively on Windows 8.1. With that being said, alongside the TPM Bitlocker enabling chipset ensuring FIPS 140-2 compliance for security, much to do around touch and scribe were enhanced on the sharp 2160x1440, 3:2 aspect ratio, 12 inch Surface Pro 3 display. This enablement has peaked the interest of companies such as BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and LVMH - Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton who have already committed to deploying the Surface Pro 3 as one of the choices from within their organization. Windows 8.1 completes the business offering as it can offer businesses the ability to securely enable its people to be more successful in their tasks.
Microsoft is currently maneuvering itself to better address needs around Mobility Security, and Modern User Interface experiences. It was a tall order to fill when Microsoft released Windows 8 and with the launch of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 update 1 shortly there after, Microsoft does even more to address what is important to those currently using or considering deploying Windows 8 for business.
Enhancements brought forward to further enable business in Windows 8.1 update 1 include:
Mobility is one of the major enablers taken into consideration as of late and is amplified via the announcement of the upcoming Surface Pro 3. The traditional workstation and desktop computer are being replaced in favour of the latest Surface Pro or other notebooks, tablets and even in some cases smartphones to allow workers to work from anywhere and anytime. Microsoft adheres to end user mobility needs by including the following into Windows 8.1:
Security is also always top of mind for IT administrator and managers alike when deploying devices to be utilized in field. Microsoft further enhances security in Windows 8.1 by offering:
Last but not least, experience enhancements were also a critical part of Windows 8.1's development. Changes to the user interface include:
Please note that Windows Server 2012 R2 may be required in order for some of these features to be available.
Windows 8.1 update 1 coupled with the Surface Pro 3 will change mindsets in most businesses as to further enable its people. Be sure to visit Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn more as to what this empowerment can mean for your organization. Courses such as What is New in Windows 8.1 Security are a great starting point when deciding how to further enable your business.