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Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 received high praise from Network World in a review published Tuesday about the operating system updates.
“In Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft has released a combination of operating system updates that we find very compelling,” writes Tom Henderson of the website. “Microsoft has joined much of the rest of the industry in annual release roll-ups with feature additions, and this time, they listened to the critics.”
More interesting, Henderson says, are “the one-upmanship features targeted directly at its virtualization and cloud competition.” Some of the features are “stunning,” he writes.
The user interface of Windows 8.1 “is initially identical to Windows 8.0, but with the addition of a desktop icon that can be touched/chosen to be optionally or subsequently a resident resource more familiar to XP and Windows 7 users,” he writes.
Also, “Apps that use ‘traditional’ windows are easier to manage, and users can now move multiple windows adjacent to each other (especially handy on multiple monitors) without having snap behavior crater their placement choices, as occurred in 8.0 and even Windows 7 editions.”
Henderson writes that Windows 2012 R2 is “generally easier to use than Windows 2012 – fewer sharp edges – and 2012 R2 contains stronger networking, storage, and hypervisor skills, we found in testing. Microsoft has also made it almost fiendishly consistent and easy to join Windows 2012 R2 to Azure Clouds – and it's practical if organizations have fast Internet pipes.”
You can read Henderson’s full review here.
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Suzanne Choney Microsoft News Center Staff