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SolutionsWindows 8 for Enterprises - Is it Readyfor the Challenges Ahead?
The Advent of Windows 8 – The Enterprise PerspectiveThe Windows 8 operating system has been launched and consumersworldwid...
For mobile workers, Windows 8 has several features which can help them stay connected and productive. TheWindows To Go app...
Direct Access - This feature was first featured in the earlier OS, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. Thisfeature helps re...
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Windows 8 for Enterprises – Is it ready for the Challenges Ahead?

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The Windows 8 operating system has been launched and consumers worldwide have already got their hands on it. Microsoft has completely focused on user-experience and security with regard to Windows 8 which is beneficial for enterprises.

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Windows 8 for Enterprises – Is it ready for the Challenges Ahead?

  1. 1. SolutionsWindows 8 for Enterprises - Is it Readyfor the Challenges Ahead?
  2. 2. The Advent of Windows 8 – The Enterprise PerspectiveThe Windows 8 operating system has been launched and consumersworldwide have already got their hands on it. Now it is to be observed, whatenterprises do regarding the new platform?Microsoft Windows 8 – The Enterprise ExperienceMicrosoft has said Windows 8 focuses on user experience and security which enterprises need. The new OS boasts offeatures which can help people to be more productive with multiple interfaces. LOB Apps also benefit from theimmersive full screen experience of the Windows 8 OS, boosting user interaction drastically. Windows 8-basedbusiness tablets are personalized according to the enterprise too.Enterprises are always circumspect in adopting new operating system since they need to first assess the ROI behindmigrating their fleet of systems from one operating system to the other. Many enterprises prefer to stick to theirexisting systems and a single version for years together, and usually skipping the version releases in between. Forinstance, many banks and financial institutions have continued to stick to Windows XP and even older versions of theIE browser.But some enterprises are keen to implement Windows 8 due to specific business scenarios. Some of the industries,such as retail or airlines are keen to have their systems based on the new version of Windows.Twentieth Century Fox, the famous movie studio developed an app for Windows 8 wherein its broadcast partnerscould browse and search their repository with access to their extensive features, information, images and videos forlicensed content.Similarly, Rooms To Go, one of the largest furniture retailers in the US recently launched a Windows 8 app whichcould be utilized by their salespeople in their retail stores. The app helped customers to pick and choose furniture, addthem to shopping cart and pay the cashier. They now have the app on Windows RT, which Microsoft released recentlyon October 26.
  3. 3. For mobile workers, Windows 8 has several features which can help them stay connected and productive. TheWindows To Go app is specific to mobile workers which is actually a full corporate copy of Windows 8 whichreplicates the business apps, and settings within a portable storage device. Windows 8 also includes built-in mobilebroadband features which are compatible with 3G and 4G telecommunication. The Windows Store apps for theenterprise are fast increasing too.New features including Trusted Boot and the enhanced BitLocker drive encryption, and claim-based access controlsecures corporate data when sent to a client device and back-end infrastructure. One can take benefit of high-definition graphics, touch support and USB device support on a local computer. Implementation of virtual desktopinfrastructures is much more cost-effective now with the launch of Microsoft Hyper-V, which is a client virtualizationtechnology which allows developers to develop, debug and test multiple configurations. Windows 8 also boasts of therare ability to integrate with existing client management infrastructures too.Samsung has leveraged Windows 8 enterprise capabilities with Windows 7 tablets and now have enterprise contractsto supply U.S. Air Force with Windows 7 tablets along with many other organizations.David Song, senior vice president for marketing, Samsung Electronics, says that internal policies play an importantrole in the adoption of a new OS in the enterprise and also says that customers either wait and watch or implement thenew version instantly.Analysts have been divided if Windows 8 is right for consumers or enterprises or both especially with its new touchinterface. Although, the devices housing Window 8 are consumer-friendly, there are ample features for enterprises.Top 9 Windows 8 features for enterprisesSome analysts believe that Windows 8 adoption will be higher and faster in industries with customer-facing roles.Microsoft has launched Windows 8 with a number of apps tailored for the consumer, as well as for the enterprise withthe entry of all-in-one devices.
  4. 4. Direct Access - This feature was first featured in the earlier OS, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. Thisfeature helps remote users to access internal resources within the corporate network without the need for VPN. Italso helps authorized users to connect to corporate networks in compliance with the latest regulatory policiesalong with software updates.BranchCache - This feature helps branch office servers or cache files and remote server content so that itbecomes easy to access the files. This implementation streamlines the deployment process while powering highbandwidth over WAN connections.AppLocker - This feature lets you the accessibility features for users to run particular applications based on theirunique identities and the Ids of the files. Rules can be created to allow or deny applications for external includingMetro-style apps and desktop applications.RemoteFX - This feature provides support for remote touch along with new USB devices. It also providesgraphics rendering functionality for rich virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment support. It helps runWindows 8 desktops in a VDI environment with touch-based UI support.Secure Boot - This feature prevents unsecured OS from loading during startup. It stores certificates that identifysecurity of operating systems which helps in avoiding malware from loading during booting process.BitLocker - This feature is supported in both Professional and Enterprise Editions of Windows 8. It helps protectsystem drives as well as removable drives along with SAN storage.Windows To Go - The Windows To Go workspaces feature creates a bootable desktop on a USB drive. It needsthe Enterprise edition while this feature takes the systems internal hard disks offline, hibernate is disabled, whilethere is no recovery option.Scalability - Windows 8 now can support multiple memories and supports up to 128GB of RAM while theProfessional and Enterprise Edition can both support 512GB. The OS can support two physical CPUs, but thenumber of logical processors will be different from system to system. Nearly 32 cores are supported in 32-bitversion while 256 cores are available in the 64-bit versions.About Softweb SolutionsClient Hyper-V - The support for Client Hyper-V from Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise editions makesuse of the new hypervisor technology and encourages a minimum of 4GB of RAM. VMs can be shifted betweenWindows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Hyper-V too. It is laptop-friendly.Softweb Solutions provide exclusive solutions in Mobile Device Integration for all mobile platforms such as iOS,Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows. Softweb Solutions have served leading mobile device integrationrequirements with award winning apps. For more information, write to us on or visit us atinfo@softwebsolutions.comwww.softwebsolutions.com

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