Upgrading to Windows 8.1 further refines the Windows 8 user experience. Many of the changes are subtle, but there are some significant points that showcase the performance and power of Intel architecture.
Wireless Display (using the Miracast standard) Embedded in OS
WiDi is a new user paradigm; content that was previously trapped on the computer can be shown on a TV or conference room projector. Rather than using messy wires and adapters, WiDi-enabled devices search for nearby receptive targets, connecting as easily as a phone to a Bluetooth headset. This is made possible by Windows 8.1 embedding the standard into the OS. A brief introductory video is available at https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/widi-for-windows-8-1-video.html.
Dual-screen apps with video or animations running on both screens simultaneously (while the CPU is doing 1080p encoding for the WiDi stream) are very performance sensitive. The MTV app mentioned in the link above has 5 simultaneous video streams. The developers found they could only do this with the power of an Intel Core CPU; with competitors or lower-performance CPUs, the interface needed to be dialed back to a single video with 4 static images representing the other streams.
Dual-screen apps are supported by the Windows Store, with sample code and an API reference available on MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/windows.devices.wifidirect.aspx). The apps work on multiple processor families; 3rd and 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and Intel Atom, Intel Pentium, and Intel Centrino Processors based on the Bay Trail architecture offer the performance and WiDi support necessary for these high-quality apps. Given the market represented by these devices, apps that take advantage of dual-screen will stand out in a crowded marketplace.
Internet Explorer 11 Leverages Hardware
Windows 8.1 features Internet Explorer 11 as not only its main web browser but also the engine for HTML5-based Windows Store Apps. Internet Explorer 11 supports multiple types of hardware acceleration including offloaded JPG decoding and WebGL rendering.
There are many examples of WebGL available online, such as this from http://oos.moxiecode.com/js_webgl/tube_draw/
Intel and Windows
A device with an Intel processor remains the best way to experience Windows 8, and the new features in Windows 8.1 make that even more apparent. Intel engineers continue working on new power, performance, and convenience improvements to support current and future versions of Windows.