This week at our Worldwide Partner Conference 2013, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience, delivered an outstanding demo-heavy session that showcased end-to-end enhancements in Windows 8.1 Preview, providing an exceptional experience with all device form factors: phone, tablet, notebook, desktop and gaming console.  These 28 demos show some of the productivity, efficiency and consistency gains that you can expect from Windows 8.1 when it ships, across all devices that you may use in your daily routine.

In this article, I’ve posted the recording for this session along with an index to each of the demos for convenient viewing.  I’ve also included resources at the end of this article for you to use when evaluating Windows 8.1 Preview in your own lab.

Windows 8.1 User Experience Demo Across Devices

Demo Index

  • [ 00:00 ] Demo Introduction - Great experience across all Windows devices
  • [ 00:34 ] DEMO #1 – Nokia Lumia 925 with Windows Phone 8
  • [ 01:44 ] DEMO #2 – Acer Iconia W3 8” Tablet with Windows 8.1 portrait optimizations
  • [ 04:13 ] DEMO #3 – New Reading List App in Windows 8.1
  • [ 05:32 ] DEMO #4 – Improved Typing with On-screen Touch Keyboard
  • [ 07:47 ] DEMO #5 – Search “Hero” in Windows 8.1
  • [ 10:00 ] DEMO #6 – Search “Hero” integrated with Xbox Music in Windows 8.1
  • [ 11:50 ] DEMO #7 – New Xbox Music App in Windows 8.1
  • [ 13:06 ] DEMO #8 – Web Page Sharing with Xbox Music in Windows 8.1
  • [ 14:18 ] DELL XPS 27 Touch All-in-One Desktop with Windows 8.1
  • [ 14:35 ] DEMO #9 – Enhanced Lock Screen Slide Show with Windows 8.1
  • [ 15:20 ] DEMO #10 – Take Picture / Answer Skype Call from Lock Screen with Windows 8.1
  • [ 16:41 ] DEMO #11 – Start Screen Personalization in Windows 8.1
  • [ 18:21 ] DEMO #12 – New “All Apps” Screen in Windows 8.1
  • [ 19:33 ] DEMO #13 – Multi-select on Start Screen in Windows 8.1
  • [ 20:29 ] Roaming across all devices
  • [ 20:46 ] DEMO #14 – Roaming Reading List across devices via the Cloud
  • [ 21:46 ] DEMO #15 – SkyDrive integration in Windows 8.1
  • [ 23:42 ] DEMO #16 – Enhanced Photo Editing in Windows 8.1
  • [ 24:19 ] DEMO #17 – New Food and Drink App in Windows 8.1
  • [ 24:42 ] DEMO #18 – New “Hands-Free” navigation mode in Windows 8.1
  • [ 26:14 ] Many Other New Windows 8.1 Apps
  • [ 26:35 ] DEMO #19 – Updated Windows Store in Windows 8.1
  • [ 27:44 ] DEMO #20 – Play Full HD Videos to Xbox One console
  • [ 28:52 ] DEMO #21 – Wireless Projection in Windows 8.1 with MiraCast
  • [ 30:32 ] DEMO #22 – Syncing OneNote between Windows devices via Cloud
  • [ 31:17 ] Windows 8.1 on non-touch Desktop PCs
  • [ 32:17 ] DEMO #23 – Start button tip and “Boot to Desktop” in Windows 8.1
  • [ 32:49 ] DEMO #24 – Enterprise Start Screen customization in Windows 8.1
  • [ 33:32 ] DEMO #25 – Productivity improvements in Windows 8.1 with new Mail app
  • [ 36:14 ] DEMO #26 – Keyboard navigation in Windows 8.1 with enhanced Search
  • [ 37:31 ] DEMO #27 – New multi-window views in Windows 8.1
  • [ 39:37 ] DEMO #28 – New multi-monitor support in Windows 8.1
  • [ 40:14 ] Demo Summary - The power of Windows across phone, tablet, notebook, desktop and gaming consoles

What’s Next? Evaluate Windows 8.1 Preview in your own lab

Below, I’ve listed some great FREE resources available to help you evaluate Windows 8.1 Preview in your own lab.  To evaluate Workplace Join, Work Folders, Selective Wipe, and Web Application Proxy, you’ll also need Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview.