Windows 8 Enterprise Features Highlighted at CeBIT

Microsoft's Kevin Turner, coo, at CeBIT, showed how Windows 8 will bring together the potential of a tablet with the power of a PC. "Windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and PCs to desktops. It will give people functionality they love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT […]

Microsoft's Kevin Turner, coo, at CeBIT, showed how Windows 8 will bring together the potential of a tablet with the power of a PC. "Windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and PCs to desktops. It will give people functionality they love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments demand," Turner said.

"We encourage IT professionals to begin using it to get a firsthand experience of how Windows 8 will give people a beautiful, fast and fluid experience with the mobility and familiarity they need to effortlessly move between what they want to do and what they need to do."

"Windows 8 will help bridge the demands that end users are placing on IT departments with what IT wants for its business -- a smooth transitional path to add tablet devices into an existing Windows client infrastructure," said Al Gillen, program vice president, system software, IDC.

Windows 8 for enterprise include following features:

  • "The new Windows 8 Start screen and fully immersive Metro style apps let people be more productive with both multitouch and traditional keyboard and mouse interfaces. Critical line-of-business apps also can benefit from an immersive full screen, allowing people to easily interact with the app.
  • Windows 8 includes Windows To Go -- the ability to provide users with a full corporate copy of Windows 8 (along with users' business apps, data and settings) on a USB storage device.
  • Windows 8 also includes improvements to DirectAccess and built-in mobile broadband features that natively support 3G and 4G telecommunication. And Windows 8 can stay always connected with Metro style apps.
  • Windows 8-based business tablets are built for touch and are deeply personalized. In addition, it works well with a mouse and keyboard. It also enables organizations to use Windows 7 productivity and line-of-business applications, and IT departments can leverage their existing infrastructure to help manage, secure and support it.
  • Windows 8 also comes with features such as Trusted Boot and improved BitLocker drive encryption, AppLocker and claim-based access control help protect corporate data across the client device, the network and back-end infrastructure.
  • With Windows 8, users can get a virtualized experience with high-definition graphics, support for touch and support for USB devices on a local PC. In addition, Windows 8 includes Microsoft Hyper-V, a high-performing client virtualization technology that enables enterprise developers to develop, debug and test multiple configurations of apps and operating systems on a single PC instead of each configuration requiring its own PC.
  • Windows 8 easily integrates into most existing client management infrastructures, and management tasks are easier with Windows PowerShell automation," informs Microsoft.