The way people work has changed dramatically during the last several years. People use technology in the home and at work interchangeably. They’re mobile and expect access from anywhere. Technology at home is rapidly becoming central and people don’t want to give up the convenience of their personal devices and services when they enter the workplace.
Focused on business and people
Windows 8 is reimagined to support different working styles. It’s more intuitive so you can find what you need faster and easier. The new look of Windows and the new app model make it easier for businesses to create their own line-of-business apps to help improve productivity.
Windows 8 improves on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability, security, and other essentials that are important to IT administrators. And it works seamlessly with an existing Windows management infrastructure.
The better business tablet
Windows 8 tablets bring together the convenience and mobility of a tablet with the productivity of a PC. With full support for touch, mouse, and keyboard, Windows 8 tablets run the majority of apps that run on Windows 7 PCs today. Windows 8 provides new opportunities for line-of-business apps, especially on tablets. Line-of-business Windows apps can help enhance productivity, with full-screen apps that allow workers to more easily interact with the apps.
New possibilities for mobile productivity
With Windows 8, it’s easier for people in your business to get connected and stay connected. IT pros can help ensure that corporate data is safer and more secure. Great new features
and enhancements mean that road warriors can take their Windows 8 computers with
them, confident that the built-in Wi-Fi and mobile broadband solutions can help them stay connected whether they’re on-site with a customer, waiting for a flight, or working from a branch office.
Built-in mobile broadband features in Windows 8 add support for 3G and 4G telecommunication, enabling business users on the go to connect to the Internet immediately. Windows 8 mobile broadband support can help businesses keep data usage costs low with built-in mobile broadband metering. As mobile users move between locations, Windows 8 automatically uses Wi-Fi hotspots, if they’re available.
Windows To Go is a cost-effective solution for alternative workplace scenarios. In Windows
8 Enterprise editions, IT administrators can provide employees with a corporate Windows image on a certified USB storage device that includes line-of-business apps, settings, and corporate data. Off-site users can have a consistent Windows 8 experience on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 logo-certified corporate or personal PC. With Windows To Go, employees get
a rich, consistent, and personalized Windows 8 experience that’s as secure as a fully managed PC. When they shut down, they can remove the USB device and no data is left on the host PC.
DirectAccess allows remote users to more securely and seamlessly access resources inside of a corporate network without having to launch a separate virtual private network (VPN) connection to the corporate network.
BranchCache downloads files and apps from a corporate headquarters, storing this data in the branch office. Client PCs in the branch office can access the content locally, rather than repeatedly downloading it from headquarters. By using BranchCache, you can reduce the time required for branch workers to access data on the network.
In Windows 8 Enterprise, BranchCache can store more data and serve more clients. Multiple hosted cache servers can be used in a single office, making deployment possible in offices of any size. The feature also includes cache encryption and removes the requirement for additional disk encryption technologies. This helps simplify deployment and helps to improve data security. Windows 8 uses Windows file server’s state-of-the-art technology
to divide files into small pieces and eliminate duplicates. This results in greater bandwidth savings and better network performance.
Enhanced end-to-end security
Windows 8 provides enterprise-class security capabilities that keep clients more secure against malware intrusion, better protected with easy-to-deploy data encryption, and more protected with strong access control to resources.
Trusted Boot helps protect the end-to-end boot process and virtually eliminates the possibility for malware to hijack the boot process or hide from antimalware software. On Windows devices equipped with UEFI 2.3.1, the UEFI Secure Boot feature ensures that the OS loader is the first piece of software that starts. The Windows 8 Trusted Boot feature protects the integrity of the remainder of the boot process, including the kernel, system files, boot critical drivers, and even the antimalware software itself. The system’s antimalware software is the first 3rd party application or driver to start. Moving antimalware into the Trusted Boot process prevents it from being tampered with. In the event that malware is able to successfully tamper with the boot process Windows can automatically detect and repair the system.
Measured boot validates, signs, and stores boot information in the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip. This enables a remote service to validate a computer’s integrity (called remote attestation).
BitLocker drive encryption helps protect corporate data on mobile PCs that include a TPM chip. On Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8 Enterprise editions, BitLocker now encrypts hard drives more quickly, helping to keep data safe without significantly interrupting worker productivity. BitLocker now supports encrypted drives, which are hard drives that come pre-encrypted from the manufacturer. BitLocker offers a variety of solutions for different business needs.
AppLocker is a simple and flexible mechanism that allows IT administrators to specify exactly the apps that are allowed to run on employees’ PCs. On Windows 8 editions that support Group Policy, AppLocker uses Group Policy to allow or restrict the types of files that people can use. This helps prevent unapproved or potentially harmful apps.
SmartScreen services are a set of sophisticated technologies that help protect users from malicious sites and software that they might encounter on the Internet. If this is turned on at startup, the technologies check the reputation of any new app or website, helping to keep users safe no matter what browser they’re using. This helps to prevent malware and other viruses from infiltrating your organization.
Manageability and virtualization advancements
With new device form factors and more mobile devices entering the workplace, managing devices and corporate data is more critical than ever. The trusted management and security features that millions of businesses depend on every day are a part of Windows 8, and Windows 8 works well with today’s hardware options. Combined with tools that simplify compatibility testing and deployment, Windows 8 integrates seamlessly into most existing client management infrastructures.
Windows 8 is built for business
Individuals in the workplace are increasingly influencing the technology they use at work. This trend puts high expectations on IT administrators to keep their users productive and secure anytime, anywhere and across a broad range of devices.
Windows 8 is the ideal solution for businesses because it has the power and familiarity of the desktop, new ways for users to interact with line-of-business apps, and support for more mobile form factors. Along with the end-to-end security features and manageability enhancements, Windows 8 can help your employees be more productive and help keep your data more secure. Windows 8 is great for businesses because it delivers the experiences people will love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments need.