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Windows Introduces the “Flexible Workspace” at TechEd 2011

Microsoft at TechEd announced “Flexible Workspace”. “With a more flexible workspace, people can work the way they want which can mean better results, better job satisfaction and, possibly, stronger business growth. IT departments will be happy too since flexible workspaces are supported by an intelligent infrastructure that makes it easy for IT to deploy, secure, and manage the right computing environment,” Microsoft stated.

Here are a few areas where you can get started on your path to a flexible workspace:

  • Personalized PC environment on any PC form factor: People expect their corporate PC experience to be consistent with their preferred settings, data and apps the moment they log-in. Flexible workspace makes it easy for them to have their personalized environment on any PC form factor that their company may provision for them.
  • Work on the Road: The overall workforce is increasingly more remote, from everyday workers who work from home as they fight a spring cold to the business executive who travels four weeks a month. Many times, we know that employees don’t understand corporatesecurity requirements and may seek the quickest way to access their email — which may inadvertently compromise IT security for their own productivity. With a flexible workspace, we rely on intelligent infrastructure to provide people with seamless experiences, giving them the access they need while not impeding their productivity or jeopardize IT security. DirectAccess and the diversity of devices available today make it possible for people to travel to any place and use their corporate PCs or tablets securely.
  • Online IT management: With more and more people working remotely or less frequently connecting directly to the corporate network; there is an IT need to manage PCs online instead of onsite. IT can implement a flexible workspace through Windows Intune to manage PCs, provide fixes and release updates.
  • Centralize, secure and enable continuity with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): With VDI, companies can allow network connected users to access highly personalized desktops and data that are well managed, secure, and quickly deployable, yet running from centrally managed servers. The intelligent infrastructure supporting the flexible workspace provides IT the ability to tailor management policies for virtualized workspaces so that resources are provided automatically to people who need them, the right applications are delivered based on how the desktop is accessed and the corporate data is secured in the datacenter, if required. In the event of a disaster, big or small, IT can quickly provision virtualized desktops to keep people going.

Forrester Research recently published a related report “IT Managers Selectively Embrace Consumerization.” It is available for download here.

[Source: Windows Team blog]

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