Microsoft’s Windows 8.1: What’s new for business users

Microsoft introduced a handful of business-focused features when it rolled out Windows 8 in October 2012. Among those were things like Windows To Go, BitLocker drive encryption, and DirectAccess networking support . But those weren’t enough to sway many business users who were either still clinging to (or stuck with) Windows XP or already in the midst of Windows 7 deployments. The new Windows 8.1 business features are no guaranteed magnet for business users, either, IDC analyst Al Gillen noted. “New features are useless if customers don’t want to use the product in the first place,” Gillen said. There’s no one killer feature Microsoft could or should add to Windows 8.1 to convince business users to jump to it, he said, as there’s a lot of business momentum continuing around Windows 7. Microsoft business users which are adding a lot of tablets to their IT mix may be more inclined to look at Windows 8 and its successors, Gillen noted, given that the latest Windows release continues to be optimized for tablets and touch. That said, Microsoft isn’t simply resting on its Windows 7 business laurels, especially because more and more of the workforce is doing at least some work from outside the office. Microsoft’s goal is to make it so that Windows 8.1 will work better on both touch and non-touch devices, said Erwin Visser, General Manager, Windows Commercial Microsoft is promising that any device running Windows 8 will able to run Windows 8.1 with no compatibility problems. “Any app that works now on Windows 8 will continue to work on Windows 8.1,” Visser said.

Lexmark: Investors Should Sit Out The Attempted Business Transformation

As the personal computer exploded into homes and businesses in over a decade ago, Lexmark rode the wave of consumers and businesses augmenting their new technology prowess with the ability to print endless documents. This trend continued as printers morphed into having the capability to print color photographs at home, double as fax machines, and eventually offer the option of being an all-in-one machine capable of doing all the above items as well as scanning documents or photos. The stock rode head long into the dot.com bubble racking up a market capitalization of close to $15B, and subsequently crashed with many of its technology stock brethren when the bubble burst.

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