Is Windows 8 Ready for the Enterprise?
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- In a broad-ranging keynote at TechEd 2012 set to establish Windows 8 as a viable tool for business, Microsoft demonstrated several key technologies the company hopes will make the upcoming OS welcome in the enterprise.
At TechEd North America 2012 here, Microsoft did its best to detail the value Windows 8 brings to businesses through enhanced fundamentals, new enterprise features and strong application compatibility. The company also announced updates to several Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) products to help organizations manage, secure and enhance the Windows experience.
"Windows 8 is enterprise-ready by design," said Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president for Windows Web Services at Microsoft, in a statement. "Adding features that bring new possibilities in mobility, productivity and security, Windows 8 will delight developers, IT professionals and the employees they support."
Leblond, who delivered the TechEd Day Two keynote, called Windows 8 the third leg in Microsoft's enterprise play for businesses, joining Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure as the other two components.
"With Windows 8, you don t have to compromise; you can pick up a tablet, a laptop or a desktop," Leblond said.
Moreover, now available for download are updates to several MDOP products, which enable organizations to virtualize, manage and restore data, applications and users' experiences on Windows, including the beta for Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0, which makes it easier for enterprises to protect data with BitLocker and BitLocker To Go by using Windows 8 support to simplify the provisioning process, monitoring and enforcing compliance for improved security, and reducing the cost of managing an encrypted environment by integrating with existing managements systems, while empowering users to support themselves with a self-service recovery portal. A download of the beta is available here.
Meanwhile, during an on-stage demonstration of Windows on ARM, Linda Averett, director of program management for the developer experience in Windows, showed a quick snapshot of what Excel will look like on a Windows on ARM tablet. The software was identified as a preview of Office 2013 RT. RT is short for Windows RT, which is Microsoft's name for its Windows on ARM platform.
Averett demonstrated several enterprise-friendly features of Windows 8, including the BitLocker technology and Windows to Go by moving a copy of Windows 8 to an old Dell desktop PC via a USB drive. Averett also demonstrated the use of Windows 8 on touch-enabled laptops and on laptops with mouse, keyboard and touchpad only.