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User Experience
Easily customize the user-interface for a unique, individual experience.
Lock screen photo slide show Window Sets favorite pictures and turns the lock screen display into your cloud powered photo frame.
The Start screen and Live tilesWindowWindow Customizable Start screen has all of the information that matters most, with Live tiles.
Customize tiles WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, you can select multiple tiles and then move, uninstall, resize, or turn off Live tiles all at once.
Tile sizes WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, there are 4 tile sizes: small, medium, wide and large - to fit your needs.
Set the desktop wallpaper as Start screen backgroundWindow Sets the desktop and the Start screen background to be the same to create a seamless experience.
Apps launch other apps WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, an app allows another app to launch in a snap view next to the launching app.
Use multiple apps side by side WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, depending on the resolution of the screen, you can open up to four apps side by side with flexible windows sizing for multitasking.
Bing Smart SearchWindowWindow In Windows 8.1, Smart Search provides results that include the best of the PC and the web in a simple-to-read, app-like experience.
Automatically backup and sync settings across devices via SkyDriveWindow Files, start screen layout, apps and their settings, and other personalization are stored on SkyDrive and follow you to other devices.
The Start button on Desktop WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, the Start button is located on the lower-left corner of the screen, allowing one-click/tap access to the Start screen.
Optional boot to the desktop/Apps View/Start screen Window Allows you to select where to boot your device: direct to Desktop, Apps View, or the Start screen.
Stay productive and connected while mobile with Windows apps and services.
Windows StoreWindowWindow The Windows Store is the place to find new apps and old favorites. With over 100,000 apps the Windows Store is constantly being refreshed
Automatic app updates (for both apps from Windows Store and build-in apps)Window Installed apps from the Windows Store can be set to automatically get updates.
Popular Office apps that are preinstalled in Windows RT WindowWindow Windows RT 8.1 has Office Home & Student 2013 RT that also includes Outlook 2013 RT.
Built-in apps (Mail, Calendar, People, and more)WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, this includes: Alarms, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Finance, Food & Drink, Games, Health & Fitness, Mail, Maps, Music, News, People, Photos, Reading List, Sound Recorder, Sports, Travel, Video and Weather.
Xbox SmartGlass with Play To / Play OnWindowWindow SmartGlass turns the mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with Xbox to elevate the entertainment experience.
Empower Bring Your Own Device programs responsibly with enhanced management features.
Assigned access Window Enables a single Windows Store app experience on dedicated-use devices. It turns on a predefined set of filters that blocks all other actions.
Open Mobile Device Management Window New OMA-DM capabilities are built in and enable mobile device management using third-party MDM solutions with no additional agent required.
Sideloading LOB appsWindowWindow Customers can enable their devices for direct deployment of line-of-business new Windows apps outside of the Windows Store through Enterprise Sideloading.
Start screen controlWindow IT departments can control the layout of the Start screen to ensure key apps are easily accessible and prevents users from further customization. *Only available in Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
Work FoldersWindow Work Folders allows you to automatically sync your work files and folders located on a corporate file server in the data center to your personal device without needing to join a domain or connect with a VPN.
Workplace joinWindow Your personal device can be registered with the company Active Directory, so that you can access corporate resources.
Domain Join and Group PolicyWindowWindowWindow A domain is a group of network PCs that share a common database and security policy. Group Policy provides the centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications, and users' settings.
Personalize the user experience, simplify application deployment, and enhance work style whenever you go.
App-VWindowWindow In Windows 8.1, App-V 5.0 SP2 provides shell extension support and sequencing enhancements. *In Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite only.
User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, UE-V 2.0 provides tools to control apps and settings roaming and delivers enhancements to optimize the integration and scalability. *In MDOP suite only.
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) enhancementsWindowWindow In Windows 8/8.1, enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012 provide a rich desktop experience to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices. *In Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise.
Security and Compliance
Deliver the security, performance, updates, and compatibility to help manage today’s devices and infrastructure.
AppLockerWindowWindowWindow In Windows 8 and 8.1, AppLocker has the ability to set rules for Windows Store apps. *Only available in Windows 7/8/8.1 Enterprise.
Vulnerability exploit protection (ASLR, DEP) WindowWindowWindow In Windows 8/8.1, Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) dramatically reduces the likelihood that vulnerabilities are discovered in Windows.
Windows Defender WindowWindow In Windows 8.1, Windows Defender enables the device’s anti-malware solution to start before any 3rd party code.
BitLocker and BitLocker To GoWindowWindowWindow In Windows 8.1, BitLocker provides support for device encryption on x86 and x64-based computers with a TPM that supports connected stand-by.
Device Encryption Window In Windows 8.1, device encryption is available in all editions of Windows and will automatically be enabled on the system volume of InstantGo certified devices.
Picture passwordWindowWindow Enables users to sign-in to Windows and authenticate using a series of touch gestures instead of a traditional password. 
Virtual SmartcardWindowWindow Virtual Smartcard enables organizations to a more secure multifactor authentication option. In Windows 8.1, it has been improved so that it can easily be provisioned to unmanaged devices.
PIN authenticationWindowWindow Enables user to use a 4 digit PIN to sign in to their devices rather than a password.
Remote business data removal (RBDR) Window It ensures that corporate data is encrypted and can be wiped from a corporate owned device when the relationship between the organization and a user has ended.
Advanced biometric framework and support for touch based fingerprint sensors Window Provides advanced biometric capabilities for authenticating user identities, acquiring user consent for purchases, and confirming user presence when accessing sensitive apps and app data.
System boot integrity (e.g. UEFI Secure Boot / Trusted Boot)WindowWindow Windows 8/8.1 certified devices include UEFI, Secure Boot hardware as well as Trusted Boot, which verify that the boot loader is more secure.
Windows and Internet Explorer SmartScreenWindowWindow Windows SmartScreen provides application reputation capabilities that enable Windows to block execution of malicious applications from the internet. Internet Explorer SmartScreen protects users from phishing sites.
Mobility and Networking
Work from multiple locations and from multiple devices to remain productive and efficient.
Windows To Go WindowWindow In Windows 8, IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate desktop on a bootable external USB drive. In Windows 8.1, users may roam to any number of machines and access the Windows Store and use Windows Store apps. *In Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise with SA.
BranchCacheWindowWindowWindow BranchCache caches files, websites and other content from central servers locally on hosted cache servers or PCs. *Only in Windows 7/8/8.1 Enterprise.
Built-in VPN clients WindowWindow In Windows 8, only the Microsoft VPN client was included in Windows RT. In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, users can also use built-in 3rd party VPN clients.
Auto-triggered VPN Window When selecting an app or resource that needs access through the built-in VPN client, Windows 8.1 will automatically prompt the user to sign in with one click. *Only applicable to workgroup machines.
DirectAccessWindowWindowWindow Allows remote users to seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network without having to launch a separate VPN and helps IT administrators keep remote users’ PCs in compliance. *Only in Windows 7/8/8.1 Enterprise.
A New Class of Devices
Choose from a wide range of sleek and powerful devices as unique and innovative as your business.
InstantGoWindowWindow Your device goes from standby to “on” instantly. And InstantGo keeps data, apps, and tiles updated with current information even on standby, Enabled on all editions that meet InstantGo certification requirements.
Increased battery lifeWindowWindowWindow Windows 8 optimized for long battery life. With Windows 8.1, we are seeing a new class of ultrathin PCs and tablets that turn on instantly, have great battery life, and stay connected.
Miracast wireless display support Window A wireless technology Windows 8.1 uses to project user’s screen to a TV, projector, or other streaming media player that also supports Miracast.
NFC tap to pair with enterprise printersWindow Tap Windows 8.1 device against an enterprise NFC-enabled printer and the users are all set to print.
Wi-Fi Direct wireless printing support Window Use Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software and print directly without connecting to the network.
Broadband tetheringWindow Windows 8.1 provides the ability to use your mobile broadband PC or tablet as a personal hotspot, allowing other devices to connect to the internet, just like connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Touchscreen keyboard improvementsWindow The updated touchscreen keyboard learns as the user types, making suggestions based on what the user has written before.
3D printing support Window Apps can easily support multiple 3D paradigms including: comprehensive design, review, and printing.