This is part of a drive towards consumer-friendly IT, with employees demanding to take advantage of the same functionality at work that they are getting at home. This in turn is increasing their productivity.
It builds on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the now well-established trend which is seeing consumers take their own mobile phones, tablets and laptops into the enterprise environment.
As part of this, consumers are using an operating system that spans devices, allowing them to work seamlessly while on the move. Increasingly, they are migrating towards Microsoft Windows 8.1: the platform that has become synonymous with BYOD.
Another trend that is bolstering Windows 8.1's presence in the enterprise market is cloud services. Providing the flexibility to work from anywhere, at any time, cloud is popular with both businesses and consumers.
With today's mobile workforce using services such as Microsoft's SkyDrive on Windows 8.1 devices, enterprises can take advantage of an 'always-on' mentality. It's therefore no surprise that SkyDrive cloud storage is seeing rapid take up in the enterprise space.
Consumerisation of IT
The growth of BYOD and cloud is leading to the inevitable consumerisation of IT. Consumers are choosing operating systems - and applications - that work as they strive to be more productive.
Offering features such as the ability to personalise, Windows 8.1 is proving the perfect solution for consumers and businesses. As an increasing number of consumers bring the operating system into the workplace via their phones and tablets, enterprises have the opportunity to take advantage of this growing trend.
By migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1, with the help of Dell, enterprises can look forward to increased efficiency and productivity - as well as happy and motivated staff.