Paul Gregory | 15 August 2012
Press around Windows 8 is a mixed bag. Most people fixating on the user interface formally known as Metro. But it is important that as an individual and as a business that you do not miss out on business enhancing opportunities. One of the most interesting comments we receive all the time on Windows 7 training is ‘We should have looked at Windows Vista rather than be a sheep and follow the Internet crowd’. And that is the point, if an organisation tests a product and it is not for them that is one thing, but rejecting a product based on the comments of someone who you do not know and has no idea about your business seems crazy but over half the world did during 2007/2008.
With Windows 8 about to become available to Software Assurance and Volume License customers is Windows 8 ready for the enterprise? The simple answer is yes. People talk about the switch from the File Manager/Program Manager UI in Windows before Windows 95 to the Windows 95 desktop and I remember people complaining about Windows Explorer not being as good as File Manager as well as many other things. So this switch from the Windows 95 desktop (which we still have in essence today) to a new UI should not be a barrier but a consideration when evaluating the whole operating system. One of the best ways to evaluate a new product is a training course so you could consider attending QA course M20687 to have a look today.
So what will Windows 8 do for the enterprise? In a marketing nutshell Windows 8 delivers new possibilities in Mobile computing (Gartner claim over 70% active of corporate data is stored on mobile devices), end-to-end security, virtualization, management advancements. This translates into some interesting feature sets:
- Windows on the go - New features like Windows To Go will give businesses new possibilities in mobile productivity. It's a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable USB stick and it will allow employees to work from anywhere on any device, while also helping IT professionals keep their organizations secure.
- Working from anywhere - Enhancements with DirectAccess, Branch Cache and Mobile Broadband eliminate work boundaries while keeping employees secure.
- Security -The end-to-end security in Windows 8 is driving a significant level of interest with many of you planning to take advantage of features like Trusted Boot, BitLocker Drive Encryption and AppLocker, enabling a more secure foundation no matter where employees are located.
- Windows 8 tablets - With my work with Microsoft customers on the Windows 8 Technology Adoption Program (TAP) Windows 8 tablets are offering a no compromise solution to business delivering both mobile convenience and productivity by running all the Windows 7 line of business and productivity apps with the ability to manage and secure them.
- Business apps - Developers are starting to discover new ways and business possibilities with new Windows 8 apps both for internal usage (line of business) as well as the opportunity for organizations to create new innovative experiences for their customers. Windows 8 is a great platform for enterprise developers and we expect a lot of innovative enterprise apps to come.
Remember the best way to evaluate a product is instructor led training. I also have some Windows 8 and Server 2012 videos on my YouTube channel.