Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Ed Bott

Language: English

Pages: 139


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Get a head start evaluating Windows 8.1—with early technical insights from award-winning journalist and Windows expert Ed Bott. This guide introduces new features and capabilities, providing a practical, high-level overview for IT professionals ready to begin deployment planning now.




















two distinctly different user experiences, depending on your starting point. Clicking the Internet Explorer tile on the Start screen (or tapping a pinned tile on the Start screen) launches the immersive Internet Explorer 11 user experience, which ­incorporates the same user-interface conventions found in apps available from the ­Windows Store. By contrast, opening Internet Explorer on the desktop uses the ­familiar multitabbed interface in a desktop window that can be maximized, minimized, and

Internet Explorer Internet Explorer 10, which debuted in Windows 8, included a long list of new features. Internet Explorer 11 expands that list significantly. Many of the changes in both iterations are under the hood, with significant improvements in performance and reliability as well as better support for interactions on touchscreen devices. Here are some of the highlights for features you and your users are likely to see: ■■ ■■ ■■ 62 Adobe Flash as a platform feature  Adobe Flash is

Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). Using the IEAK, you can customize, brand, and distribute Internet Explorer in any supported language across your organization. (In some Windows versions, the Internet Explorer executable files are included with the IEAK package; this isn’t necessary in Windows 8.1, because Internet Explorer is ­installed with the operating system.) Settings you can adjust with the help of the IEAK Wizard include the following feature groups: 64 ■■ Language Selection ■■

the scope of this chapter. See library/windows/apps/hh975356.aspx and .aspx for more information. Assuming that the certificate is installed and trusted on the target computer, and that Group Policy has been set accordingly, the app package can be installed using the Add-AppxPackage Windows PowerShell cmdlet. This cmdlet is run on the local computer where the app is being installed; this step can be scripted in an

shown in Figure 1-5. FIGURE 1-5  In previous Windows versions, provisioning BitLocker Drive Encryption required time and IT expertise. In Windows 8.1, the process is quick and streamlined so that an end user can do it. What’s new for IT pros? Chapter 1 9 BitLocker in Windows 8 supports encrypted drives, which are hard drives that come ­ re-encrypted from the manufacturer. On this type of storage device, BitLocker offloads p the cryptographic operations to hardware, increasing overall

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