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The benefits of moving to Windows 8.1 Pro for Business today

Microsoft | Posted on June 15, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson

According to Forrester Research, 80 percent of workers do at least some work outside the office. This is confirmed by a study from AMI Partners, which found that 55% of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) now support a mobile workforce, a number that continues to grow as they play catch up on this growing trend to perform work functions in more than one location. Employees may use a desktop at headquarters, a laptop at home, and a tablet or smartphone while on the move.

And that’s what Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro is all about. It has the power to transform any business by unleashing its full mobility potential. This business-class operating system operates on a range of devices to fit any need, desire or budget. This includes 2-in-1s, all-in-ones, tablets, laptops and PCs. No matter what devices the business already has in-house, and what devices employees use remotely, Windows 8.1 Pro will be able to run on virtually all of them.

So why is now a good time to upgrade? Read on and find out.

Windows 8.1 Pro is your ideal pathway to Windows 10

Windows 8.1 Pro users will have the easiest migration route to Windows 10, when it becomes available in July, and can upgrade for free. Microsoft has gone to great lengths to ensure the switch over will be seamless, so there’s no need to wait.

With Windows 8.1 Pro, users can take full advantage of a modern Start screen, which provides apps as Live Tiles. Furthermore, you have a choice in how to use your device, whether that’s via touchscreen, a mouse, keyboard, or a combination of all three. You can also use the accessories you want because Windows is compatible with nearly all of them.

In terms of applications, Windows 8.1 Pro offers users all your favorite business applications. Microsoft Office 365 gives you the freedom to work anywhere on any device. Use it to create documents on the Office applications you’ve come to know and trust, save them to the cloud, and edit and collaborate with others in real time. Its multitasking split screens help you to juggle work when you need to.

Similarly, Skype for Business is available right on the desktop for you to use for free video and voice calls. That means Skype messages are delivered straight to you, no matter what you’re doing. The Microsoft browser has also been enhanced to facilitate business mobility. Internet Explorer 11 lets you tap into the power of any device to load sites faster and browse in a secure environment. Like other applications, it can be used via keyboard, mouse or touch. Those opting for touch will find it helps you navigate the web more intuitively on your phone, tablet or laptop.

With OneDrive, you have access to your documents, settings, Windows apps and browsing history across devices. It comes with 15 GB of free storage, more than enough for your business documents as well as personal music, movies and photos. OneDrive can hold roughly 255 hours of music, 20,000 Word documents, or 300,000 photos!

One challenge presented by our increasingly mobile existence is managing the various passwords, logins and security requirements of multiple devices. Windows 8.1 Pro solves this dilemma as the same Microsoft Account can be used on every device. This means you only need to remember one user ID and password, and your favorites and customized settings will automatically follow you from one device to the next. Customize Windows and make it yours.

Many of the new features set to come with Windows 10 are an extension of Windows 8.1 Pro, making a future migration to Windows 10 a lot easier.

Next steps

Speak to a Softchoice expert today about Windows 8.1 Pro devices for your business. Softchoice stands ready with agnostic consultation services to help you find the best solutions and devices for your business.

This extends to our Technology Deployment Services, which help with inventory forecasting, device activation, delivery, and ongoing support. We help you find the best deals by demystifying vendor volume purchasing programs. And because we don’t have our own warehouse or inventory, we’re able to source the best deals from warehouses all across North America, and fulfill your order fast.

Purchase Windows 8.1 Pro devices online from Softchoice.

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