Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional Retail Box
- Installation Method: Physical Disc
- Packaging: Retail Box
- Estimated Delivery Time: 3 - 5 Business Days
- Users Supported: 1 User
- Devices Supported: 1 Device
- Installations Supported: 1 Installation
- License Type: Perpetual
- License Term: Indefinite
- Licensed Use: Licensed for Home and Commercial Use
- Brand: Microsoft
- Manufacturer Part Number: FQC-06913-RB
- GTIN: 885370633344
- Features: Retail Box
- Minimum Hard Drive Space: 16 GB
- Minimum Memory: 1 GB
- Minimum Processor Speed: 1.0 GHz
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional?Retail Box
Windows 8.1 Professional brings together everything you do - from mobile apps for your business, to Office productivity work, to searching and browsing, to accessing all your data from anywhere.
Windows: in sync with the way you live
Windows 8.1 is an evolution of the Windows 8 vision for a world where great devices are paired with a powerful collection of essential apps and cloud-based services.
The best of work and playWith the new Windows, you get the best of work and play. Windows 8.1 Pro includes everything in Windows 8.1, plus enhanced features that help you easily connect to company networks, manage your devices, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more.
Work across all your devicesYour Windows experience works across all your devices - from the best business tablet, to a thin and light notebook, to your high-performance workstation or all-in-one, whether you are at home, in or around the office, or working on the road.
Care of the essentialsAnd Windows takes care of the essentials - letting you manage personal devices in your organization, utilize your investments in your enterprise infrastructure, and enhancing the security of your environment.
The new Windows brings together all the things we do, complete with a fantastic collection of apps and services for the way we live.
Your familiar desktop
From the Start screen, you're just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know, so you can do the stuff you've always done.
The apps you want
In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos, and video editing, you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN, Skype, and Halo: Spartan Assault.
Mouse, keyboard, and now touch Windows 8.1 Pro works with different types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. Discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
Enhanced data protection
_____Windows 8.1 Pro offers enhanced data protection, the ability to access your desktop remotely, and connectivity to your corporate or school networks via Domain join.
Your Office, your way
Experience Office at its best on Windows 8.1 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit, and browse-using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen. Don't forget: Office is not part of Windows 8.1 Pro.
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Functionally, Windows 8.1professional is as smooth of an operating system that I've used (I've been paying attention to operating systems since XP). It handled multiple operations without issue, it actually helped self-diagnose when the few issues that I had arose, and the multi-platform utilization is a nice touch, particularly if you are a Windows phone user or if you use Microsoft gaming systems (Xbox 360 and Xbox One). The application approach is a nice change of pace for some, and makes the PC experience a bit more competitive with the MAC world; however this transition is one of the more controversial transitions that I can think of when it comes to computers. For some, it was a welcome change of pace, for others it was a major frustration (will be addressed below).
Windows 8.1 professional seems to be pretty stable and if you can make use of the metro side of it on a tablet, the interface is fairly intuitive. It's easy to search for files and programs on the metro side. I hate combining the tablet'ish (metro) mode within the typical Windows Desktop is pretty much a failure. Metro is good for tablets and that's about it. By default it should be turned off for laptops and desktop computers. The lack of a typical start menu is also frustrating. Thankfully Windows 10 brings this back.
I'm not a fan of Windows 8.1 Professional Retail box. I personally feel that Windows 8 was full of bugs and presented the user with an unfriendly interface. We also faced problems with the OS being incompatible with other programs that we need to use daily. We are not using Windows 8 any longer because it caused more problems than it solved. I honestly haven't seen any benefits of using Windows 8.1 professional. I have heard other users say that they enjoyed using it on their touch screen devices.