A question that has been presented to me a lot lately is “How to I prepare the users I support for Windows 8.1?”
I will admit there isn’t a lot of “live” training out there for end users – when it comes to training for your business, you might want to consider my favorite way of getting users up speed on new tech – the “lunch and learn” or other optional/required training meetings. With these models, you have the opportunity to figure out what features and changes are best to highlight for your office and customize it from there.
However, if you are looking for some online resources to get you started as you plan your training agenda or just want give people some online resources to reference themselves, here’s a short list:
- Windows 8.1 Business User Guide. This printable, 16-page quick guide provides a basic introduction to key Windows 8.1 features and capabilities in business settings such as how to get around, navigating menus, managing apps, working on the desktop, and personalizing Windows 8.1. Available in several formats so you can customize it fit your needs.
- How-To Video Tutorials. Each video is approximately 3 minutes long and demonstrates real-world business scenarios using touch, mouse, and keyboard guided by a voice over that provides additional information.
- Meet the new Windows
- Get around faster with the charms
- Your familiar desktop, only better
- Make Windows all about you
- From my friends over at Pluralsight.com – http://www.pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/windows-8-whered-it-go
Microsoft is also developing videos for more advanced Windows 8.1 features, like advanced desktop (file explorer, customizing taskbar, task manager), Internet Explorer 11, Windows To Go, device encryption, SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, PC settings, and more.
Do you have a short list of things users need to know to get started? What are your pain points with user training?