Change is the only constant in IT shops regardless of the technology you’re managing.  Change introduces management challenges and pain that needs to be addressed.

In order to address those pains Microsoft IT created Work Smart productivity guides to bridge the gap between technology and users. These Work Smart guides provide employees with scenario-based, best-use productivity aids on Microsoft products and technologies.  You can download these customizable versions of Work Smart materials to use as samples and reusable templates that specifically address the scenarios and processes in your information worker environment.

Learn more about Work Smart and Microsoft’s approach to productivity training in this 10-minute video

Work Smart Productivity Guides for Windows 8

Windows 8 and it’s new UI are a change.  Believe me, it’s intuitive, it’s fast, it’s beautiful… But it is a change that the users will experience. Below you will find some guides that your department can leverage to help with adoption.

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Exploring Windows 8

This guide provides a high-level overview of the exciting new features in the Windows 8 user interface.

Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

This guide provides a quick reference to the shortcut keys in the Windows 8 Start screen.

Using Windows Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10, included in Windows 8, offers two browser experiences, a touch-optimized, modern-style experience and a classic desktop, web-browsing experience. This guide provides detailed instructions for using the Internet Explorer 10 modern experience, provides useful tips for working across both experiences, and discusses security and privacy.

Protecting Data with Windows 8 BitLocker

This guide discusses how to use Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption technology to protect your computer’s data, and prevents others from accessing your disk drives without authorization.

Connect a Microsoft Account (Windows Live ID) to Your Domain Account

This guide discusses how, with Windows 8, you can connect your Microsoft account to your corporate domain account. By connecting the accounts you can continue to sign in to your office PC with your domain (network) credentials, sync your Windows personalization settings across multiple PCs, and use a single sign-on for Windows Live services.

Connecting Remotely Using Windows 8 DirectAccess

This guide discusses how to connect remotely using Windows 8 DirectAccess, which enables you to seamlessly connect to the corporate network from any Internet-equipped remote location without having to establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.