Microsoft offers idiots guide to Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1 users are in for a treat after the company published a new guide to help businesses get the best out of the new OS version.

The Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business is a short PDF that gives advice on how to perform various tasks easily and takes into account a range of topics including the Mobility Center, Internet Explorer 11, SkyDrive, the taskbar and desktop, and the File Explorer.

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The 20-page guide is by no means an extensive one and instead works as a handy range of pointers to help navigate the OS using either the touch-screen, keyboard or mouse depending on preference.

How to personalise the taskbar by pinning apps to it, work out which apps and services are using up the most memory, the easiest ways to work on-the-go, and various ways to share content in the cloud securely are also covered.

Anyone that is seriously struggling with Windows 8.1 will probably need a more extensive guide than this but for most it will provide a useful overview of many features and help to speed up everyday tasks. The fact the guide is geared towards business users further reinforces Microsoft’s strategy to increase Windows adoption in the enterprise and business sectors.

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in October as an update to the Windows 8 OS that has been criticised by many users from the start, and boasts the fastest start up of any Windows version to date.

In Windows 8.1 Microsoft added a Start button to satisfy customers that had requested the feature ever since the release of Windows 8 and this also heralded the arrival of a desktop mode.

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Other additions, which are addressed in the new guide, include the addition of keyboard shortcuts, gesture control for apps and the ability to alter the size of apps and Windows 8 devices are now able to display browser pages next to each other.