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Consider Windows 8.1 If You Can Keep Up With IE11 and an Annual Release Cycle

Published: 12 November 2013

ID: G00256384

Analyst(s): Michael Silver , Stephen Kleynhans


Windows 8.1, Microsoft's first (likely) annual update to Windows 8, significantly improves many aspects of the OS. IT leaders must look beyond the discussion of the start button and focus on other improvements in device management and security, performance and power efficiency.

Table Of Contents


  • The Windows 8(.0) Gamble
  • The Windows 8.1 Improvement
  • The IE Complication
  • The Windows RT Question
  • The Delivery Acceleration
  • The App Conundrum

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