There is no denying that Microsoft has struggled to encourage enterprise users to adopt the latest version of Windows – many companies worrying that the new user interface and focus on mobile computing could affect day-to-day productivity.
To address these concerns, the Windows 8.1 preview restores some features that were found in Windows 7, but disappeared from Windows 8. For example, the start button has been returned to its old location, alleviating one of the major concerns people have about the user experience. From an administration point of view, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Preview contains information and tools to help admins push out Windows 8.1 across their company.
The preview includes:
Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1 Preview.
Support for deployment of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
Support for zero-touch integration (ZTI) with System Centre 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Preview.
But the question remains – will this update increase adoption rates?