Fresh updates fosters need for more Microsoft training

24 April 2014

Continuous updates to popular Microsoft software may increase demand for Microsoft training. Although the latest enhancements aren't extreme, Windows 8 is still relatively new to the market, prompting businesses to seek adequate council on the system's formatting. 

Despite the release of Windows 8 last year, software-developing tycoon Microsoft added a new update to the system, titled "Windows 8.1." According to The Verge, because the touch screen tools of the original program interfered with mice and keyboards, the company will be launching and switching apps through the new taskbar to make it easier for users to click and close applications with greater ease. 

"Microsoft isn't announcing exactly when the update will become available, but the company is largely expected to detail it fully at an upcoming Build developer event in April before releasing it early that month," the news source stated. 

Featuring an additional capability, which may motivate some businesses to pursue Microsoft training courses, 8.1 will allow original equipment managers (OEMs) to lower their specifications for devices. Joe Belfiore, who is responsible for the company's mobile device and PC applications, claimed that these changes were motivated by OEMs' desire to reduce licensing costs. 

Reducing costs 
The expenses associating with implementing the program is expected to drop significantly. According to Bloomberg Technology, the release of Windows 8.1 will coincide with a 70 percent reduction in operation costs for low-end devices, such as tablets and notebooks. The source claimed that manufacturers will be charged $15 to license 8.1 and pre-install it on devices that retail for less than $250. The previous installation fee for PC builders stood at $50. The price change is motivated by competition in the software market. 

"By offering incentives for PC makers to sell cheaper models, Microsoft may be able to increase its share of the growing $80 billion tablet market and stave off Chromebooks, notebooks that run Google's operating system," Bloomberg Technology reported. 

The news source claimed that Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, is spearheading the initiative to develop and introduce new devices into the market. 

This incentive may motivate consumers to purchase exponentially more mobile devices than they previously considered, meaning a possible influx of Microsoft training enrollment. Potentially, many tablet-users cognizant of the Windows 8 update may consider abandoning their current machines for ones that host the program. 

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