Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: Microsoft Windows 8, WP8: 10 Fast Facts for CIOsBy Don Reisinger | Posted 06-26-2012
Windows 8 will be the operating system running on the Surface, Microsoft's upcoming tablet. Unlike Apple's iPad, which runs on the iOS mobile operating system, Microsoft's OS will provide a full desktop experience on the tablet.
Windows Phone 8
Microsoft has decided to tie in Windows Phone 8 and Windows with help from the Windows RT kernel. For enterprise users, that strong link should make deploying both operating systems far more worthwhile.
Windows 8 Security
According to Microsoft, Windows 8 will deliver far better security than its predecessors. Better yet, security experts say that the operating system will be the most secure version released so far. Nice.
Windows Phone 7
If you have Windows Phone 7-based devices in the office right now, beware that they won't be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8. The issue is that Microsoft has converted to the Windows RT kernel, making the earlier devices impossible to upgrade.
When you get ready to deploy Windows 8 in the enterprise, beware that the operating system comes with a much different user interface than previous versions of Microsoft's OS. Plan to spend more than usual time training employees on how to use the operating system.
Remote Device Management
One of the biggest flaws with Windows Phone 7 was its lack of remote device management. This feature will be coming to Windows Phone 8, according to Microsoft, giving you far more control over employee devices.
Any Form Factor, Any Time
Windows 8 is the first operating system from Microsoft to be able to blur the lines of computing. From desktops to laptops to tablets, the operating system will be everywhere. And that should dramatically improve your chances of deploying it in the office.
To improve overall security of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has delivered encryption to the platform. Whether it'll be enough to secure devices the way you'd like remains to be seen.
Launching This Fall
Windows 8 will be launching later this year, reportedly in the fall. This gives you ample time to try it out before you determine if it'll be right for your office next year.
Where is Windows Phone 8?
Microsoft hasn't said when the new mobile operating system will be available. However, it's widely to hit store shelves late this year or in early 2013.