Publishing is not a new field for Microsoft. In the past, the software titan has crafted some really amazing books and user guides for its software and hardware products. Physical, paper books, I mean.

But for some odd reason it did not include tutorials or a dedicated help and tips section on Windows 8. Surprising, in many ways, considering just how much of a change this Modern version of Windows was to previous flavors. Things were rectified with Windows 8.1, however.

At the same time the company also rolled out a few guides to help users make the transition to the new operating system, and everything new it brought along in terms of the user interface.

There still is a learning curve for anyone that is coming from Windows XP or Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. This holds particularly true for users that want to uncover and understand all the advanced features that Microsoft has built into the operating system.

For this reason, the company has just published a new Windows 8.1 Power User Guide, particularly aimed for businesses. This is a neatly designed 20 pages PDF guide that covers various areas of the operating system like the File Explorer, Internet Explorer 11, SkyDrive and more.

The description published on the download page states:

“Learn from this Windows 8.1 Power User Guide about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as File Explorer, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, and SkyDrive Pro. With Windows 8.1, you can get the most out of your device efficiently.”

Clearly aimed for professionals and business users — but with helpful information for all users.

This short guide also talks about how to access features of the operating system, along with details for the three input methods, keyboard, mouse and touch. There is plenty of information contained in the full pages of the document, which itself weighs in at a brisk 3.60 MB.

You can download the Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business here.

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