In a Windows for your Business blog post yesterday, Microsoft began delving into some of the new improvements in Windows 8 that will benefit business and enterprise users of the new OS. Here’s a run-down of what they began touching on in the blog post:
Microsoft Reminds Us That Windows 8 Does Not Compromise
Emphasizing their “no-compromise” motto once again, Microsoft point out that the inclusion of the legacy desktop in Windows 8 is something that will allow you to use the applications you know and love today (presumably on an x86 device; on ARM, you’ll be restricted to Office and the applications bundled in Windows), along with the new tasty Metro goodness. While we can argue endlessly about this approach, the familiarity of Windows 7 can be considered a pro in the business scene.
Windows To Go
IT departments can configure Windows 8 on a bootable USB flash drive, providing users the ability to securely boot into and use the OS anywhere, on any machine. One trend — at least in the case of mobile devices — that has been increasing in the workplace is BYOD (bring your own device). With more people wanting to ditch those nasty BlackBerries for modern alternatives, this is something that more and more companies have been embracing. With Windows To Go, this can also apply to PCs as well, as users would be able to utilize their USB flash drive to boot into a secure Windows 8 corporate environment.
Trusted Boot is a new security feature in Windows 8 that essentially signs, measures, and validates the integrity of the boot process. “Antimalware” is also in-advance of non-critical Windows components, allowing it to largely assist with malware prevention.
Improvements have been made in Windows 8 that will allow virtualized, thin-clients to have a far more enjoyable rich user experience. You will now be able to enjoy responsive touch capabilities, local USB device support, and improved performance.
On top of its many new (and somewhat controversial) consumer offerings, Windows 8 does also have some lucrative new features that will benefit business and enterprise users. Time will tell just how well it fares in that sector, though.