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Realistic ExpectationsMany are predicting a not-so-happy endingfor the business community. “Businesses willchoose to drag ...
Laptop power plus tablet convenience• According to studies by NPD and Vertic, thefinancial, health care, education andgove...
Office, evolved                  • The new suite includes plenty of touch-friendly                  interface tweaks for W...
Better virus protection and securityIn Windows 7, Microsoft Defender guardedagainst invasive spyware and pop-up ads, butit...
Improved performance and smarter backupsWindows 8 not only launches much fasterthan its Windows 7 forebear, it uses a newb...
More efficient wireless connection managementRather than simply search out the nearestWi-Fi network, the manager measures ...
Exchange ActiveSync built-in                    Outlook 2013 has built-in support for                    Exchange ActiveSy...
Windows to Go makes Windows 8 plug-and-play on any PC                            Windows to Go, available only in         ...
Better Support forVirtualized systems and remote desktop support                                  For Windows 8, Microsoft...
To learn more about Windows 8 and the latest technology for business    today be sure to check out all of our headlines @ ...
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On the surface, Windows 8 has what it takes to make business users happy. Microsoft’s new OS offers the touch-friendly interface and responsiveness of the iPad, plus the versatility of the traditional desktop and the ability to run tons of traditional apps.

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Windows 8 Features For Business

  1. 1. Provided by the minds @ Laptop Magazine
  2. 2. Realistic ExpectationsMany are predicting a not-so-happy endingfor the business community. “Businesses willchoose to drag their feet on adoptingWindows 8,” said Al Gillen, IDC’s vicepresident of system software, “for the simple New OSreason that they don’t want to be the ones tofind out what problems exist in the product.” Touch-Friendly InterfaceBut are these low expectations proof thatbusiness leaders should avoid Windows 8 Versatility of a Desktopaltogether?See our eight Windows 8 features that may Enterprise & Small Business Featurescompel you to move sooner rather than laterfor your next OS:Full article insight here
  3. 3. Laptop power plus tablet convenience• According to studies by NPD and Vertic, thefinancial, health care, education andgovernment industries are increasing theirtablet usage, thanks to the need to take quicknotes, make presentations on the fly, executeresearch online and send emails.• Converting workflow to a slate interfaceimproves employee response time, increasesteam decision-making time and quickensresolution of critical issues.• A Windows 8 device puts that performanceenhancement into business users’ hands,while simultaneously giving them a devicethat can easily transition into a laptop fortraditional productivity assignments.Full article insight here
  4. 4. Office, evolved • The new suite includes plenty of touch-friendly interface tweaks for Windows 8 machines. Those perks join much improved tools for better workflow management and team collaboration too. • Microsoft’s new set of Office 365 Web apps lets users create, edit and share documents online, giving business users a built-in architecture for managing and editing documents through the Web. •Excel, PowerPoint and Word 2013 documents, users can add comments to files, and readers who want to respond to those comments can do so directly in the document or they can email, IM, text or even video chat with team members (via Microsoft’s corporate communications client Lync or via Skype). • Road warriors or work-anywhere employees will also be pleased with Microsoft Lync which includes the ability to host audio and video meetings complete with screen sharing and high-definition video streaming. Full article insight here
  5. 5. Better virus protection and securityIn Windows 7, Microsoft Defender guardedagainst invasive spyware and pop-up ads, butit lacked protection against anti-virus threatssuch as trojans, worms and bot-net attempts.With Windows 8, Defender gets a boldershield to protect against all of the above, rightfrom the operating system’s first launch.•The new Defender provides only basic anti-virus defense, but will likely save IT managersor small business owners the time to pay forand install third-party virus protection fromMcAfee or Norton.•Trusted Boot and Measured Boot are twonew protections against Rootkits that attackduring the PC boot process.•Enhanced BitLocker. can now render wholehard drives unreadable to un-credentialedusers, which moves beyond scramblingparticular pockets of data such as previousversions of WindowsFull article insight here
  6. 6. Improved performance and smarter backupsWindows 8 not only launches much fasterthan its Windows 7 forebear, it uses a newboot-up bridge called the Unified ExtensibleInterface (UEFI) to access graphical driversbefore the operating system is fully active.• Introducing the Refresh Tool: Windows userscan essentially reinstall the OS whilemaintaining their own settings, documentlibraries and customizations.•New feature called File History saves arunning timeline of all files — just like Mac OSX’s Timeline feature — to make backing upimportant documents and data an automatedprocess. That’s sure to save IT managers time.
  7. 7. More efficient wireless connection managementRather than simply search out the nearestWi-Fi network, the manager measures each Connection Standbysignal’s throughput and chooses the source Modewith the strongest bandwidth instead.•Connection Standby Mode – Allows updatingwhile asleep. Analyzes Strongest Wi-Fi Usage Tracking•Airplane Mode – Help save battery life and Bandwidth Managerprevent unwanted drain.• Data Meter – Avoid overage fees by keepingtrack of your usage and save the company OS Integrated Drivers
  8. 8. Exchange ActiveSync built-in Outlook 2013 has built-in support for Exchange ActiveSync, the email solution that makes it very simple to connect email accounts to Android, iOS or Windows Phone devices. •ActiveSync ingrained in the OS and Outlook, savvy end-users or small business managers should have no problem connecting multiple email inboxes, syncing calendars and managing contacts on Windows 8 laptops or tablets. Full article insight here
  9. 9. Windows to Go makes Windows 8 plug-and-play on any PC Windows to Go, available only in Windows 8 Enterprise, allows you to put all the power of Windows 8 on a USB key. The bootable OS image includes support for any apps added to the image by support staff. You’ll also love hibernation mode and access to the host computer’s storage drive.
  10. 10. Better Support forVirtualized systems and remote desktop support For Windows 8, Microsoft offers multiple virtualization options, including a tool to use Windows XP as a virtual OS on a Windows 8 machine. • The PC-within-a-PC tool is especially. For instance, with Microsoft Server 2012 and a technology called User Experience Virtualization, employees can access a remote, server-side and virtual copy of their Windows 8 desktop, even if the local machine runs Windows 7. •Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) creates multiple virtual PCs on one physical computer. So, if an office has an equipment crunch, one laptop can be assigned to several users, each with their own distinct virtual desktop that is complete with independent customizations, settings and personal setups. Plus, because Windows 8 runs Hyper-V, the evolutionary upgrade to Windows Virtual PC (via Microsoft Server 2012), there’s roughly no slow- down between the actual interface and the virtual one
  11. 11. To learn more about Windows 8 and the latest technology for business today be sure to check out all of our headlines @ Laptop MagazineFollow us at Twitter @laptopmag or on LinkedIn Today

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