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Savage on IT: Windows 8.1 preview, Tablet Sales, and other Top IT News

Author by James Savage

This week’s top enterprise, IT, and Microsoft news stories include statistics on tablets versus PCs, the launch of Windows 8.1 preview for enterprises, and the Office mobile for Android release.

Microsoft: big data, meet Big Compute. Microsoft’s recent reorganization dubbed its High Performance Computing (HPC) team the “Big Compute” team, which is now part of the new Enterprise and Cloud engineering group. In addition to continuing work on the HPC Pack for Windows Server clusters, the Big Compute team will be creating big compute scenarios in the cloud with Windows Azure (from ZDNet).

Microsoft launches Windows 8.1 preview for enterprises. The Windows 8.1 preview for consumers launched last month, and now the enterprise version is available for preview as well. Enterprises interested in SurfacePro and other next-generation devices can now begin test drives, with the full release of Windows 8.1 just around the corner in October (from VentureBeat).

CIOs Need to Push BYOD Policies to Lure Millennials. Generation Y is taking over the workforce, and one way for organizations to attract these tech-savvy workers is implementing an IT strategy with a bring-your-own-device plan (from

Microsoft delivers Office Mobile for Android phones. Officially called “Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers,” what became available only a month ago for iPhone is now available for Android users as well, allowing subscribers to install the application on up to 5 devices (from ZDNet).

At Current Pace, Tablets Will Outsell PCs By Q2 2014. And some figures suggest it could happen sooner. The PC market is down by 11% so far this year, while tablet sales continue to climb (from TechCrunch).

Microsoft updates with enhanced file sharing and support for animated GIFs. Other updates include high DPI displays, image rotation, and direct integration with external apps like OneNote. Unlike competitor cloud storage services, users can upload and share photos from the web by logging into SkyDrive (from The Next Web).

Mobile Strategy: From Maturity Model and Roadmap to Success. Nearly 90% of companies have adopted a mobile strategy, but only 40% of those companies have a roadmap for that strategy over the next year. For those entering the market, a strong mobile strategy begins by tying a business’s goals to end-user engagement (from

10 advantages Windows 8 tablets have over iPad and Android. Windows 8 tablets do a lot more than bringing the OS platform to the tablet interface, offering users far more than these 10 advantages (from ZDNet).

James Savage

James Savage is the President of Concurrency, Inc., an information technology solution company he founded 1989. Its customers are among the most successful communication, construction, financial, insurance, logistics, and manufacturing companies in the Midwest.