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    Exclamation Features of Windows 8.1

    Many of you may know Windows 8.1 is on the horizon. I received an E-mail for Microsoft today geared towards IT Pros. It lists & discusses many features, tweaks & enhancements included in 8.1

    Most of the article relates to business & info for us IT Pros working with & for business clients. However, there is, also, certainly some overlap to 'home users'. And some cater to, respond to the rhetoric & fussing about Windows 8 that we have read & heard over the past 18 months. I have only extracted & placed here the items that more relate to home users than corporate environments, although they are, of course, important to both.

    I am giving you here some excerpts from this very long & sometimes rather technical paper. Possibly these things will cause smiles rather than the frowns many of you have had for some time regarding particular aspects of Windows 8.

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    Modern UI experience

    Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views

    You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor.

    Boot to Desktop

    We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.

    Desktop and Start Screen

    Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.

    These are just some of the key features available in Windows 8.1 We encourage you to test out and try these features when you evaluate Windows 8.1 for use both in your work environment as well as at home in your personal life.


    Improved Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, enhanced pinned site notifications, and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs. Internet Explorer 11 now includes capability that enables an antimalware solution to scan the input for a binary extension before it’s passed onto the extension for execution

    Malware Resistance

    Windows Defender, Microsoft’s free antivirus solution in Windows 8, will include network behavior monitoring to help detect and stop the execution of known and unknown malware. Internet Explorer will scan binary extensions (e.g. ActiveX) using the antimalware solution before potentially harmful code is executed.

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    IF you get a hold of the Windows 8.1 Beta once it is available (soon), PLEASE, DO NOT replace your Windows 8 with it. Either run it as a virtual machine on your existing Windows 8 machine OR put it on a spare machine OR run it as a dual boot along with your current Windows 8 OS.

    Cheers,
    Drew
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    Windows Defender, Microsoft’s free antivirus solution in Windows 8, will include network behavior monitoring to help detect and stop the execution of known and unknown malware.
    Hmmm - this sounds like the default out-bound monitoring which has been so conspicuously absent ever since Windows Firewall was first shipped. Does it go into any detail about HOW this will be implemented (e.g., will it silently determine what behavior it thinks is suspicious enough to be stopped, or will it at least optionally give the user the opportunity to make this decision on the fly as competing products do)?

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    Bill,

    That was the full excerpt of the portion on Windows Defender; it did not elaborate beyond that.

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    I have used/tried Classic Shell, Start8 (StarDock), StartIsBack because I like being able to boot right to the desktop with a menu at my fingertips. Today, I installed Windows 8.1 Preview and it could be that with the new added features I will no longer use third party software. Just sharing my first impressions.

    Rich

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