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Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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20. Networking with Other Operating Systems

Mix and Match with Windows and Macs

It’s easy enough to plug a couple Windows 8.1 computers together and call it a network, but real-life networks are seldom so simple, even at home. Networks usually have a mix of operating systems, and Windows often has to be coaxed into getting along with them.

On a real-life LAN with multiple OSs, it’s not enough that computers be capable of coexisting on the same network cable at the same time. They need to actually work with each other, or internetwork, so that users of these various systems can share files and printers. At best, this sharing should occur without anyone even knowing that alternative platforms are involved. Achieving this kind of seamlessness ...

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