Announcing Windows 8.1 end-user readiness content

Today we’re announcing the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. The package provides a range of guides and video tutorials that will ensure your users take full advantage of Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution

This 16 page brochure-type quick guide provides a basic introduction to key Windows 8.1 features and capabilities in business settings – how to get around, navigate, manage apps, work on desktop, and personalize Windows 8.1. It can be used as first introduction of Windows 8.1 to business users.

Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – raw files for printing

This package allows you to produce your own hard copies of the Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business and give it away as training assets to your end-users. This zip file includes the content in PDF, PowerPoint, and Adobe InDesign formats that you can use as-is or customize to match the requirements of your organization.

Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business

This 20 pages brochure-type guide is designed for end-users who want to learn more about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as Taskbar customization, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast, SkyDrive Pro, and File Explorer. Power users will enjoy learning about how they can get the most out of their Windows 8.1 devices.

Windows 8.1 how-to video tutorials

A series of short videos (~4 minutes each) designed to educate business end-users on basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. Each video consists of real-world business scenarios, a full-screen demo with touch, mouse and keyboard guided by a voiceover providing additional information. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for your users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption.

1) Windows 8.1 Video (1): Meet the new Windows

2) Windows 8.1 Video (2): Get around faster with the charms

3) Windows 8.1 Video (3): Your familiar desktop, only better

4) Windows 8.1 Video (4): Make Windows all about you

5) Windows 8.1 video (5): Advanced Desktop (1): Quick link Menu and File Explorer

6) Windows 8.1 Video (6): Advanced Desktop (2): Taskbar, Multiple Monitors, Task Manager

7) Windows 8.1 Video (7): Internet Explorer 11

8) Windows 8.1 Video (8): Exploring PC Settings

You can also access the Windows 8.1 business user guide package from the Windows Enterprise site |Resources |Training.

This is only the start of the end-user readiness content we will be releasing over the coming months. In February, we will be releasing a THRU-IT End User Support Toolkit which enables IT departments to communicate, educate, and evangelize the Windows 8.1 experience to end-users. The toolkit will include in-house trainer kits to help IT organizations efficiently deliver Windows 8.1 trainings to users, as well as end-user tip sheet, email template library, posters and flyers designed for IT to create user awareness and excitement to facilitate adoption in Windows 8.1 deployments.

Stay tuned for more details in a future end-user readiness blog post. Thanks!

Alicia Chen

Product Marketing Manager

Windows Commercial