Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Now Available

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Now Available

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Today, I’m excited to announce that Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is now available for download for customers to start testing the operating system in their environments. Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview builds on the Window 8.1 Preview which is currently available, adding premium features designed to address mobility, security, management and virtualization needs of today’s enterprise.

Here are the premium features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition:

  • Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security.
  • Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company.
  • DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely without having to launch a separate VPN. Also, IT administrators can keep remote users' PCs up-to-date by applying the latest policies and software updates.
  • BranchCache: Employees in branch offices no longer need to download content multiple times across their Wide Area Network (WAN) as BranchCache caches files, websites and other content from central servers locally on hosted cache servers or PCs.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Users will enjoy a rich desktop experience and the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios, thanks to enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012.
  • AppLocker: IT organizations can create a more secure environment by restricting the files and apps that users or groups can run on a PC, increasing the security of the device and the data it holds.
  • Windows Enterprise Side-Loading: Internal Windows apps can be side-loaded on domain-joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

These Enterprise edition features add to the broader range of the new business capabilities in Windows 8.1 that we sharedat TechEd North America back in June. These features included:

  • Assigned Access: This new Windows 8.1 feature lets organizations enable a single Windows Store application experience on a device so the user only experiences the specified application but cannot access other system files and applications.
  • Inbox VPN Clients: Windows 8.1 extends the ability to third party VPN providers to include versions of their VPN clients’ inbox. This means that on both x86 and ARM (RT) platforms, vendors can work with Microsoft to include their VPN functionality inbox with Windows 8.1.
  • Open MDM: With Windows 8.1, new Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) capabilities are built into the OS and enable mobile device management using third-party MDM solutions, such as MobileIron or AirWatch, with no additional agent required. Enhanced policies allow administrators to manage more settings from both Windows Intune and the third-party MDM solutions for both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
  • Workplace join: Trusted devices running Windows 8.1 are allowed to access secured enterprise data.
  • Remote business data removal: Allows personal devices to connect to, access and store company content that can be efficiently removed from the device by IT at a later date while leaving the personal data intact.

For a more extended list of the new business features, check out the list available here. We encourage customers to start testing the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview now! Customers can find more information, technical guidance and best practices for deployment planning on the Springboard Blog for IT Professionals.

One important note to call out, I’ve gotten questions about the lifecycle support policy for Windows 8.1. The lifecycle of Windows 8.1 will remain under the same lifecycle policyas Windows 8 with support ending 1/10/2023.

Windows 8 customers will have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update to continue to remain supported under Windows 8 lifecycle. With the availability of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, it is time to start planning your deployment  - and there are deployment tools and guidanceavailable to help make these updates seamless for customers.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing more details around these and other features found in Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

UPDATED: 12:00pm PST

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  • i have tried to load windows enterprise 8.1 a couple of times but it stops in the middle of the loading process and reboots my computer . then a message says we were unable to load windows 8.1 on your computer and have returned your computer back to the way it was before the loading process began .  what do you think my issue could be that is preventing windows 8.1 enterprise from loading ? thank you .

  • Nareed
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    ThomasWiley

    Thanks! :)  I appreciate the support.

    Still, to be fair, people in this site have been quite helpful and courteous as compared with other tech sites I've commented on.

    I find it interesting you referred to keyboard shortcuts. I get a lot of that indeed. it strikes me as odd to be told to use the keyboard on a graphical interface. The argument then is to get a touchscreen. But I don't want a touch screen on my desktop. Touch is fine for tablets, because all other options are inferior or unworkable (imagine juggling a tablet, mouse and keyboard in your hands!) Whereas on the desktop a touch screen is an ergonomics and work-flow nightmare. Ergo the keyboard shortcuts for the graphical desktop interface...

    I hope Microsoft takes note of this and realizes both the incongruity and the problems this causes.

    Now, having evaluated the Win8.1 preview for the past week, there are two observations:

    1) Under the hood, this is the best Microsoft OS I've ever used.

    2) Unfortunately where it matters, the actual interface one uses, it is the worst Microsoft OS I've ever used.

    2.1) The modern interface (if it's still called that) is of no use to me. None. Whatever I think about doing on it, I can do more easily using the desktop. Mail? Gmail's website. Facebook? Facebook's website. Web surfing? Firefox. Write an article or short story? No Word or any other Office software for modern yet, so that means desktop by default. Besides, switching between tasks requires a) moving the pointer to the upper left corner, b) moving the pointer down to display all the "apps" currently running, c) finding the wanted "app", d) clicking on it. Contrast that to the desktop where all I do is a) look at the taskbar and see all my active windows at once and b) click on the one I want.

    2.2) The desktop has not been improved since the last Windows version, as far as I know. The way i see it it has been crippled by the removal of the start menu. To be fair, though, I've lacked the time to properly explore the "all apps" view on the start screen as an alternative. but the mere fact that it takes me away from the desktop is a distraction I don't like. Therefore I also lack the desire to explore that option.

    So I'm back where I started: I will use a start menu replacement, and if Microsoft does plan to do away with the desktop altogether, I will switch to Linux as an OS.

  • Come on, guys!  Nareed has some pretty good comments here.  But, she is being told, oh, Nareed, if only you memorize the 15 pages of MS keyboard shortcuts, you'll see how much better Win 8.1 is, or, if only you waste (more) time modifying this, tweaking that, and searching all over hell's half acre, you'll become more productive (at some undefined point in the future) with Win 8.1.  A GUI is supposed to enhance productivity by reducing complexity, not introducing useless time wasting "capabilities" that distract you from getting your work done yesterday.  The GUI should be a BACKGROUND operation, not what Win8.1 is - a foreground octopus that consumers must wrestle with.  A great GUI is light, small, logical, and fast!!!  In other words, like Apple's OS.  I've been with MS since DOS 2.1 and Win 8.1 will become the OS of choice in the business environment, but, a great GUI it is not!  Good comments, Nareed!  You raise questions consumers will have to deal with with Win 8.+

  • @Brandon LeBlanc and Everyone Else enjoying the comments and posted here

    1: Enterprise users use Outlook, not Mail.   Your examples are invalid with desktop applications and metro applications running side by side, they don't run side by side.    You are wrong, end of story.

    2: 90% of the Start Screen Tiles are useless for Enterprise, not one single metro / modern application has any useful business function, apart from this, none of these are managed very well if at all by central administration tools you developed and provided..... i.e. Group Policy.

    3: What happens when you deprecate a modern / metro application to common default function or task?    Here is a real world enterprise scenario example for you:  Audio or voice message files users receive play from their desktop and defaults over to the Start Screen Modern / Metro Music app.    In a common enterprise environment that strives to manage and maintain a company standard, specific audit and version control, and provision a common operating environment for business computing, as well to reduce non business productivity, Windows Store is disabled by the enterprise domain administrator.     At some point and time, the Music App stops working, informs the user it requires an update.....      The user can't update, Store is disabled, Metro / Modern apps can't be deployed or updated using enterprise deployment tools such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

    I can go on and on and on about all the reasons Windows 8 is not an Enterprise ready OS and would be more than happy to go through these with all of you.    

  • Harem, I have been using Win 8 on my laptop for over a year now and frankly I hate the UI!  I detest the way that it is a constant effort to find anything and it is not intuitive in the slightest!  you spend more time googling how to do anything useful! Before you get all protective of Microsoft on me, I have absolutely nothing against them, I am a TechNet Pro subscriber and administer networks with many VMs running mostly Microsoft products! All our clients use Microsoft OS's too! However, like many other people who have tried to tell you this, we will also not be moving to 8 and once support has finished for 7 we will look elsewhere unless Microsoft change their ways!  Win 8 is a touch screen OS designed to force us into buying a Microsoft Surface!  If my clients want a touch screen they will use a tablet because they certainly don't want to have a monitor that close to their faces for them to be able reach to touch the screen! Microsoft have dropped the ball here and need to stop forcing us down the path of their strange vision of the future and work on improving the traditional desktop!

  • Can anyone help me figure out why my Windows 8.1 laptop wont play any dvd movies, but it will play the previews... i dont get it

  • Nareed
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    Brandon LeBlanc

    I have Vista at home and XP at work. I've never used Win7 for more than a few minutes at a time, and always on a borrowed machine. I did notice something odd with the taskbar, but I figured it would go away if the user de-selected the option to group similar taskbar buttons. I realize now that's not the case.

    So how come the quick launch icons were removed?

    Anyway, as I said, I expect I'll move away from Windows in the near future. I'm sad and angry about in equal measure. Overall I like Microsoft and Windows. But first I feel Office was messed up with the ribbon interface,  Win8.1 is just a series of annoyances and inconveniences, more so since I tried the preview; and I've no idea what the modern interface is supposed to be good for. Nor do I relish diving into the fragmented world of Linux. I just don't see a choice.

  • - I ask that be a little more constructive in your responses to comments here and a bit more appropriate.

    - There have been improvements made to Windows 8.1 in which you are not "pulled away" from the app you are in. For example, if you are in the Mail app and click on a URL in an email it opens your browser in a snapped window - both apps (Mail and browser) running at the same time. You'll see a lot of improvements like this in Windows 8.1 where multi-tasking has been greatly improved. I am writing this comment on my PC with 3 apps running side-by-side on my All-in-One for example.

    - I am glad you were able to give the Windows 8.1 Preview a try. I am curious, your comments about the taskbar in Windows 8.1 - are you familiar with the taskbar in Windows 7? The taskbar in Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 is almost the same as seen in Windows 7. Which version of Windows are you for your everyday work?

  • Nareed
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    I spent much of Sunday playing with the Win8.1 preview (the consumer edition). I won't go through everything I found lacking in the desktop, but there was a lot which was unfamiliar, hard to find, hard to udnerstand and just plain puzzling. I will say once I installed Classic Shell, I could feel my blood pressure drop back to normal levels.

    That's not altogether bad news for Microsoft. I could put up with the 8.1 desktop. It's not my first choice, but I can live with it. The bad news is that I also spent some time in the modern interface (if that's what it's called now). I found it to be labor intensive, limiting and overall completely useless. I'll give it another try as time permits. But  for now if MS thinks this is the future, then I will dump Windows altogether in favor of a desktop operating system that lets me work.

  • And what about notifications center.

    come on MS, it is just stupid when android and Ipad already got it..You cannot rely on live tiles, it is just stupid!!!

    unless you are cross-eyed it is completely stupid design deseater solution.

    You need at notification center, where you see all your unread mail and push notification...What is MS thinking when they design the start menu, people are not stupid..the want the android and ipad notifications solution!!!

  • The only good thing about windows is the desktop but...

    I want Aero glass ui back in metro. And i want folders in the start. How can you organise 200 apps without folders?, you need to scroll and scroll, it is stupid. And how can you read on a tablet horizontally with 16-9 format, it like holding a tower!!it is totally confusing in touch that you need to run it with a 16-9 screen area. It is also stupid that is now standard in apps that you need to scroll from left to right instead of up and down.

    Microsoft have made a OS much like android for touch, but with much less functions, MS need to speed up!!!

    Microsoft has screwed up tremendously in Windows 8 Instead of building on the ultra popular windows 7 user interface that is built around the aero glass, where both processbar and windows are like glass. In Windows 8 you must use a dull metro interface that do not fit together with the desktop interface.

    In addition, the Office is not optimized for touch, still you need a mouse.

  • mhmh
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    The problem is that the Start Screen is based on an assumption that users interact with a UI in a way that they actually *don't*.  Aunt Tilly (to use a Raymond Chen-ism) *doesn't* run programs by typing their names in a search box.  Likewise, when building a PC image for a corporate desktop, there are 3 places where you put program icons - in the Start Menu, on the Desktop, and on the Taskbar.  For the majority of users, if a program is not in one of those 3 places, that program *doesn't exist* on their PC.  I'll say it again - users *don't* run programs by typing their names in a search box.

    Where the Start Screen also fails is that it's often *useful* to have *both* your Start Menu *and* your *other* program windows *visible together* on screen and *at the same time*.  The Start Screen *destroys* that usefulness.  Instead of being able to immediately refer to another program window (e.g. a browser window for documentation on what to do next) you're pulled away from your other program windows via a jarring experience that interrupts your train of thought.  This is *very important* to network admins, DBAs, etc.

    So here we have two classes of user for whom the Start Screen fails.  I submit that those for whom it's OK are a quite limited subset, and that in those cases it's not actually an improvement at all; instead it's just the very same as it was before.  So that makes it change-for-the-sake-of-change rather than change in any useful or improving manner.  For everyone else it's a serious regression.

  • Nareed
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    Never mind. I figured out how to install it in a partition.

    After about 15 minutes, I've discovered two more annoyances: I can't move the pinned taskbar icons to the right side of the taskbar, and I can't launch any program using these icons more than once. So if I want two browser windows, I need to do so some other way.

    It's not looking good.

  • Nareed
    0 Posts

    Does anyone know how to install the preview in a partition?

    I was going to use an old XP PC, but the disk failed to run. It runs in my laptop, and I made a big enough partition, but I don't have a recovery disk for it. Therefore it's vital that it installs in the partition and leaves the rest of the HD alone.

    Thanks.

  • Nareed
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    Jarem, it's not the learning curve. It's what you get on the other side of the curve. We had this issue with Office at work. It's been two years since we changed, and we're still unhappy and complaining about it. Read what I said about the desktop, too.  Sure, one can work around the start screen or use a start menu replacement. But when the desktop goes, watch out. Because the new interface will be a disaster for business.

  • Jarem
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    "So, shut the hell up"... yeah that'll get em!

    I was pointing out to Nareed that the learning curve in Win8 isn't as bad as a lot of people think. That the platform does retain most of the core functionality users are accustomed to (with a number of helpful improvements like the new task manager and file transfer dialog for example). And why I felt, in my opinion, that the start screen was actually an improvement over the old start menu.

    But to your comment Richard: Historically, the majority of businesses are usually the last to adopt a new OS, and Windows 8 is definitely a major step in a new direction. Has the "Metro" side of it matured enough to the point where the majority of businesses will consider the investment? Maybe not yet. But NEVER is a long time, and I would have to disagree that it's improbable for businesses to ultimately consider a platform like Win 8 (or Win 9) once the direction matures. Currently I'm working on two LOB Windows 8 apps for a major company, one is a Kiosk app (hence my interest in using the Assigned Access feature).

    Too often people dismiss things that are new and different to what they're used to without actually giving it a fair shot and and exploring it for themselves. Or, it maybe something you don't like today, but at least give the platform some time to mature and evolve instead of drastically stating you're going to switch to Linux after working on Windows for 20 years. (I think you may find that Linux has a steeper learning curve than the start screen, btw)

    I guess the point I'm trying to make is: Don't panic. It's not the end of the world. And you can still find HyperTerminal and Rodents Revenge out on the Interwebernets, both of which will run just fine on Windows 8.

  • Jarem:  The overwhelming majority of business users detest Metro and Windows 8, and will NEVER accept it.  Never.  So, shut the hell up.  

  • Thanks for sharing, we were waiting for that update from Windows Team

    techsynario.blogspot.com

  • Nareed
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    I don't know how you all use your computers. I do know how I use mine. Do not assume everyone uses her PC the same way you do. I never, and I mean NEVER, ever have run a search for a program. Not once. It would never occur me to even do so. Therefore, when I hear "It's just like in Windows 7. You just type the name of the program and-" they may as well be speaking Etruscan.

    It's also quite clear Microsoft is moving int he direction of the Modern/Metro/Whatever-it's-called-this-week, and away from the desktop. And that's one big reason, IMO, why you cannot run the desktop without having to resort to the other interface in some way. Be it with the search "charm" or the start screen. So even if I could stomach the crippled Windows 8 desktop, it will go the way of DOS pretty soon.

    Oh, it will still run and maybe the next two versions of Windows will have their legacy desktop "app" hidden away like the legendary crazy aunt in the attic. But no new desktop software will be developed, at least not by Microsoft; and likely not by many others starting in a few years.

    Thus far I've said nothing about the idea of putting a touch screen on a desktop PC. I can think of no better way to enrich every orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist in the world. Nor just how awful I find the touch interface, in every way from looks to (lack of) functionality. I swear I would attempt to use a Mac before I consider learning to use that interface (and I hate Mac passionately).

    And that's exactly how I see things in just a few years. At home I could surely get by with Win8 (or better yet with Win7) for maybe ten more years. What then?

    Ergo Linux

  • All of these features are great and I really like 8.1, but there is still a problem with 8.1 in the Enterprise. Windows store apps don't work behind an authenticated proxy. I was really optimistic when I found proxy settings in the new interface, but dismayed that there is no way to set credentials.

    Please tell me I am missing something,

  • sbenley
    3 Posts

    And, there with be no more start menu's. learn to live with the start screen. I've had enough of hearing people whinge about the start menu. it was the same type of people who were whinging when we moved from CLI in DOS to GUI in Windows and it's the same type of people who were screaming their heads off when we moved from Windows 3.x to Windows 95 and when windows XP was released, same thing. Realise that the whingers are a minority of a minority,

  • sbenley
    3 Posts

    Hi Nareed,

    Most of the reasoning you have provided here is invalid.

    You can have your labels of running programs if you change the settings in taskbar properties.

    As for the programs you use, you can pin those in a group on the start screen, and click on them. I have no idea why it's so hard for you to comprehend that simple task.

    I've been using computers Since the MS-DOS days and have absolutely no issues. I actually feel Windows 8 is much more intuitive and efficient compared to older versions. I'm a sysadmin and the client computers for users are still on Windows 7, where as my personal laptops and desktops all run Windows 8.1 preview. I find it much cleaner and efficient, and helps with better productivity.

    Give Windows 8.1 preview a shot, try it for a month without any of the crappy 'start menu' replacements, you'll learn to enjoy the experience.

  • Nareed
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    PhoneEar

    MS itself counsels pinning tons of icons to the taskbar. Anyway, how can you tell whether they're running or not? I can tell in the current versions now (see my screenshot). If I can't on the Win8 desktop taskbar, that's just one more black mark against it.

    As to your other points, I wasn't that interested in tech developments until rather late last year. Then I came across mentions of touch regarding Windows 8. then I decided to investigate the matter further. Then I began to wonder what the hell is in the water at Redmond...

    Is there any kind of preview still available? Will it run on a rather old laptop designed for Vista? Can I install it in a partition so it won't disturb what's currently on the hard drive? I'm willing to try it, but I won't buy an upgrade just to try it.

  • Nareed
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    I hope this works... Here's a screenshot of a typical working desktop at home:

    lh6.googleusercontent.com/.../home+screen.jpg

    So you can see I need all that free space on the taskbar. You'll notice the individual tasks are labeled, so there's no need to hover the mouse pointer on them to see what's running. See also how few icons I have pinned.

    You can also see the start menu. Notice the column on the left with program icons? I run them once from whenever I want and they stick for a few days. If I keep running them, they stick longer. At home that's most of what I run. I also depend a lot on the Recent Items line on the right, as well as on the My PC and Control Panel; Not to mention that's how I shut down the PC. Win 8's start screen doesn't do a fraction of all that.

    And the Modern interface (or whatever it's called this week) doesn't even have a taskbar.

  • Nathan
    63 Posts

    @Nareed,

    If you are on Windows for 2 decades, then the learning curve for Linux vs. Win8's start screen is steep. Here is my take on it:

    On Win7, I used to press Start type "paint" (or anything which you would have to drill down to get to, in pre-Vista versions) and press enter. On Win8 same steps can be followed (close your eyes if you hate the ~60fps transition so much).

    Then pressing Win key + X jump menu is a new, yet very useful, addition.

    From 8.1, you have ability to customize and logon directly to desktop along with the other useful options including "Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start", where you have the expanded view of all programs. You can find it under Taskbar Properties > Navigation tab.

    If it doesn't appeal you, then good luck using Linux distributions. If this was my final decision; switching from Win to Linux, I would have selected debian/ubuntu over fedora/redhat (of course depends on what you use OS mostly for).

    As a software engineer, I have respect for both ecosystems.

  • Nareed,

    You didn't notice on the screenshot that many of the tasks were *running*. I am sure that the Taskbar is much quieter when all those apps are not active. :-)

    Your objections to Windows 8.1 would be much more credible if you had actually installed Windows 8 on a system to try to learn it. The preview versions are right there just for that purpose.

    Example: Next time you get to Best Buy, see what happens when you do Win+X. Better yet, tap the Windows key and type "Word".

    If you do go the Linux route, I wish you luck. Most Linux users find that they spend a lot of time just trying to recreate the productivity that they have lost by switching platforms. (And I'll bet you won't read that in a Linux Blog...)

  • Nareed
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    Jarem, thank you. The image was so large the search utility got lost.

    You've been so nice it's hard to say this, but I will: I don't use search to run anything, not ever. I know where every program I want to run is. I'm still sore at MS for sticking in a semi-automatic search in the start menu in Vista and Win7; it completely screwed up the way I run some programs in the start menu.

    I'm done with Windows. We lasted for about 20 years, but now it's time to look elsewhere. I'll make do with a start menu replacement for a while, but eventually I'll need to find refuge in Linux.

  • Jarem
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    Nareed, what you get is the "Search Charm"... it's pretty much same search you're used to in your current start menu to launch your apps, but better. Part of the reason you're still seeing the webpage is the fact that the charms don't obliterate your work area. On my 2560x1400 monitor, that's roughly 12% of the screen. And because its the same height of the screen, you also get more results.

  • Hi! How can I get a License key once the final version is being released? Please...I would like to buy. Thanks!

  • Nareed
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    Better click on your own link. All I see is a shot of the website and a taskbar (BTW if I ever saw a taskbar like that on my PC, I'd get a stroke).

    So what happens when you press whatever key combo you mention?  If the answer is "the start screen (or some version thereof) appears on top of your work, obliterating it visually in the process," then we're not speaking the same language.

  • Jarem
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    But... You DON'T need to leave the desktop to go to the start screen whenever you want to run something not currently cluttering the space which used to be the taskbar. That's a common misconception.

    As I stated before, you simply press WINKEY+S, and you can run any application you need without leaving the desktop. http://i.imgur.com/CUk7D4e.png

    I really can't explain it any simpler.

  • Nareed
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    Jarem, right now I never leave the desktop, because there is nothing else in older (better) versions of Windows. I don't see how you can say the same for Win8, if you must leave the desktop to go to the start screen whenever you want to run something not currently cluttering the space which used to be the taskbar.

    I seriously don't understand your point.

    As for comapring the advent of Win8 to Win95, please stop. I've had more than enough of such nonsense.

  • Jarem
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    Oh no blow-by-blow was necessary, Nadeed. I was kinda hoping you'd provide some counter scenarios that you felt you were losing out on.

    I've been using Windows 8 for 11 months/countless hours, 8.1 preview for about month now. So I was simply pointing out some common misconceptions from those who may have only tried it out in stores and had a distaste for the modern apps or judged it based on a few reviews they read without actually giving it a fair shot themselves and customizing to their liking. The scenarios I described took me maybe 4 mins tops to learn and get used to, after which I found that I actually prefer the new, more productive way. (Launching apps without leaving the desktop, for example)

    When some people conclude that the start screen adds no value, it reminds me of when people were upset Microsoft was removing MS-DOS. "Perfect, now how will I be able to configure my SoundBlaster with Autoexec.bat"

  • Windows 8.1 feels great. It makes Windows 8 even better now.

    But as allways, some things could be still improved:

    In Modern "resource manager" view make it possible to add Favorites, like in classic desktop Resource manager - that would make it quicker to use several different folders.

    In Mail, Calendar app include function to empty Spam folder, and Deleted folder too, with just one click, so like in Outlook 2013 and in Outlook-webmail. Now one needs to delete Spam -folder messages one by one and then they go to Deleted folder and there again one needs to delete them one by one. That is not nice work to do.

    I look forward Surface RT and Surface Pro 2nd generation, with Windows 8.1 and even better battery life and build in mobile data. Those will be the ultimate office mobile work companions then.

  • Nareed
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    Jarem, I won't go through a blow-by-blow description of how I work. I have read widely on Win8, I've used demo machines for, all told, 6+hours at various stores. So far I've concluded I'll have no choice but to get a Win8 machine in the near future, given how hard and/or expensive it is to get a Win7 PC, and how my old PC won't last much longer than that.

    But then I plan to disable as much of the Metro/Modern/Whatever-its-name-is-this-week interface, install a start menu replacement, and put Linux Mint in a partition. It's obvious MS is planning to do away with the desktop, and there's no reason why I should waste any time learning an interface I will never use and which offers nothing, and I mean ZERO, in terms of value

  • Jarem
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    Nareed, Yep. In fact, given that:

    - There's more room (vs. the start menu) to pin the applications I use frequently to the start screen at different tile sizes

    - I can organize my apps/web shortcuts in groups instead of company drill down menus

    - I have options to get relevant information with live tiles.

    - There's still the old way of browsing All Programs, except now I can sort them by frequency, last installed, etc..

    I can say that I use more of what the start screen offers in terms of functionality and features than what the original start menu provided.

    I suggest you try this as an experiment, Naree: Install Windows 8, unpin all of the default Windows 8 Apps and pin only the apps you intend to use, sorted into groups. In addition to using the methods described in my earlier post, you'll find that the start screen not only looks a lot better customized, but it also allows you to work more productively while maintaining all of the legacy features you're used to.

  • Nareed
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    Jarem, tell me you do not use the start Screen more than once a day then.

  • Jarem
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    What exactly are you doing in the start menu 50 to 100 times a day?

    - Is it just launching apps (or search)? You get the exact same thing and more (all without leaving the desktop) by hitting CTRL+S in Windows 8.1.  http://i.imgur.com/CUk7D4e.png

    - Is it launching the control panel, network, computer management, etc? You get the same menu by right clicking the start button. (or the above). Along with Run, Shut-Down, Powershell and more. http://i.imgur.com/rC6qMIk.png

    - Accessing your documents/pictures/favorite folders? Just right click on the pinned file explorer.. its all still there.

    - All of your shortcut keys are intact too.

    If god forbid you're actually clicking "All Programs", scrolling through an endless sea of company's names (that's hardly ever sorted correctly) and then drilling through 2-3 sub menus filled pointless uninstall and web shortcuts to find the apps you need, then you're probably just wasting time.

  • Nareed
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    I don't keep track, but I estimate I access the start menu, oh, fifty to a hundred of times per day at home, less so at the office (I run fewer programs at work). I will not have my workspace disrupted by excursions to the nameless new interface, nor will I clutter my taskbar with dozens of icons (I need it to keep track of what I'm working on)

    Ergo, I'm switching to Linux. I'll keep a Windows partition just for games. But, sadly, Microsoft does not make a decent desktop PC OS for serious work.

  • Jarem
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    Yea and while you're at it, bring back Hyper Terminal and Rodents Revenge from Windows 95! /s  Face it guys, the old, less-intuitive, start menu isn't coming back. You were hardly using it anyway and all of the functionality exists in the new start screen. Trust me, once you customize it to your liking you'll actually prefer it too.

  • Javi368
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    The only option i need its to completity bypass and disable the Metro user interface and the return of Start MenĂº, Aero Glass Theme, Image Backups, File Versions like in Windows 7, etc.

    Until this things occurs i will stay in Windows 7.

  • Nareed
    0 Posts

    Dear Microsoft:

    No Start MENU, no deal.

  • Hi , is correct that the Assigned Access feature isn't included in the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview but will be included I the product for General Availability later this year,

  • Jarem
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    I was actually wondering the same thing, Checho, but after installing it in Hyper-V I don't see that it's there: http://i.imgur.com/xWdXzah.png

    Unless there's another way of enabling it that I'm unaware of, I assume we'll have to wait until RTM.

  • Checho
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    Thanks, Erwin!

    Can we use and test now the Assigned Access feature in this Enterprise release?

    BTW. The download is not working under IE11, can you check that?

    Thanks again! Looking forward to test it!