Microsoft Jordan invited on Monday 13 January, 2014, a group of the Kingdom’s most prominent IT journalists and media representatives from daily newspapers and online portals to its headquarters in Amman, where it demonstrated the most notable features of the new system update. During the roundtable, media representatives were able to experience firsthand Windows 8.1’s flexible mobile computing features which keep pace with customers’ lives at work, at home or on the go.
Windows 8.1 builds on Windows’ vision for highly personalized computing while showcasing Microsoft’s continued commitment to rapid and responsive development. It marks a wave of new, innovative devices for consumers and businesses that combine the convenience and mobility of tablets and two-in-ones with the productivity of laptops, all-in-ones and specialized industry devices. Many of these new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design across a range of prices.
Ayman Afanah, Microsoft Jordan’s Developer and Platform Evangelist (DPE) Lead, stated: “The new Windows 8.1 offers many unique features, including a multi-tasking option that enables users to simultaneously display and run several applications on a single screen. Users can also take advantage of various innovative upgrades that deliver an exceptional and personalized experience across the broadest range of devices.”
Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customization refinements and functional improvements, including an enhanced and more adaptable Start screen so that each Windows device is tailored to the individual. As an iconic part of the Windows experience, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button as a familiar point of navigation. An updated apps view lets users see all their apps at once for easy access, and a Help + Tips app gets users up to speed quickly. The new Bing Smart Search provides the easiest way to find what users need on the device or on the Web in one beautiful and easily consolidated view that is built for touch.
Moreover, Windows 8.1 ensures the most complete out-of-the-box experience. It offers a range of apps and services from the Start screen, allowing customers to quickly and easily do the things they love on Windows, such as catching up with friends and family via Skype, emailing effortlessly in the Mail app, watching movies and TV shows on Xbox Video, finding new recipes with the Bing Food & Drink app, or listening to free streaming music via Xbox Music. Windows 8.1 also provides native support for 3-D printing, enabling apps to seamlessly print 3-D jobs and understand 3-D file formats.
Windows 8.1 allows the display and use of up to four apps side by side, as well as flexible windows sizing for each app on the screen. Windows 8.1 also makes it easier than ever to work and access files across devices and locations. With SkyDrive, users can create, edit, save and share files anywhere, anytime, on whatever device they’re using. The new design of the Windows Store improves how great apps are showcased, and makes it easier for customers to get the apps they want and stay up to date on the hottest new entries.
Consumers with a Windows 8 device in more than 230 markets and 37 languages can download the free update via the online Windows Store.
To find out more about the wide variety of new Windows devices, visit www.windows.com/shop. For more information on Windows 8.1, visit www.blogs.windows.com and www.microsoft.com/en-us/news.