Once you’ve taken the wrapping paper off your new Windows 8.1 device, be it a tablet or PC, there are just a few steps to follow when you sign in for the very first time using a Microsoft account. Brandon LeBlanc of the Windows Experience blog calls that account the key that unlocks your whole world of apps and services.
Some of the apps are about workplace collaboration; others about sharing a cloud-based educational curriculum, and there are many, many more for Windows 8.1, all of them enterprise grade, writes Sanket Akerkar, vice president, Developer and Platform Evangelism group.
In addition to support for Windows 8.1 and virtualization of Office 2013, Monday’s release includes the launch of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 R2 and User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0, which make it easier for customers to personalize, deploy and manage virtual applications across devices.
There aren’t a lot of movies out yet in 4K – which has about four times the resolution of a 1080p high-def screen – but there are some good bargains on 4K TVs, with those displays offering an incredible canvas for your PC for games and photo editing. Among them is the Seiki 50-inch 4K TV, which is going for under $1,000.
In Windows 8, the high-level user interface capabilities of XAML and the low-level rendering power of Direct X were combined within the same app. Now, even more improvements have been added to Windows 8.1, writes Jesse Bishop, Windows User Interface Platform senior program manager, on the Windows App Builder Blog.