Ten Features to Like About Windows 8.1

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Support for Miracast

Windows 8.1 adds support for Miracast, which was created as an industry-wide screencast standard to wirelessly project high-definition video between devices. With support for Miracast built-in, all that is needed is Miracast-enabled display hardware or a Miracast adapter to wirelessly stream PowerPoint slides, or a high-definition video, from Windows 8.1 on an external display. This is certainly more flexible than a proprietary system such as the Apple TV that works only with selected hardware. In addition, the incorporation of native Miracast capability in Windows 8.1 is sure to increase interest from device manufacturers in adding Miracast support to their display hardware.

Released last year, Windows 8 is an important operating platform for organizations that are invested in the Windows ecosystem. Under the hood, the new operating system from Microsoft delivers substantial security improvements and faster boot times, even as it integrates new features such as full touch support and the Windows Store for fuss-free downloading and installation of apps.

We can’t deny, however, that its take-up has been relatively muted. To address criticisms from both consumers and businesses, Microsoft has made a notable number of changes in the free Windows 8.1 update. The usual stability enhancements aside, check out the top 10 things to like about Windows 8.1.


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