Posted on May 11, 2012 by admin

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Bill GatesWhen you have a large corporation and you’re responsible for its Information Technology (IT) assets, it’s important to make sure that any upgrades actually offer the company something and don’t end up costing time and money. Windows 8 will be on the market in late 2012, and Microsoft is already making overtures to businesses. Here are some of the benefits that the company is touting.

1: Better Security

Windows 8, according to Microsoft, will be a safer alternative for businesses that have personnel who bring their own devices to work. This is because apps purchased for mobile devices must go through the Windows Store (similar to how Apple is able to regulate apps by forcing device owners to purchase them through their App Store). Additional security enhancements include SmartScreen technology and Windows Defender. SmartScreen technology, which detects potentially malicious sites, will be included with the Operating System (OS) and will automatically scan files as they are downloaded. Microsoft has also made improvements to Windows Defender so that users who fail to renew trial antivirus subscriptions will still have basic protection.

2: Volume Licensing

A software assurance agreement is the only way that any corporation can get their hands on Windows 8 Enterprise. The benefits, however, include some significant savings – the volume licensing price is nearly 30% less than the regular price.

3: Cloud Management

According to tech blogs, cloud management tools will be used for ARM-based devices to provide some of the services that are currently handled by Active Directory in Windows Server. This may or may not win favor among corporate clients. The changeover offers a lot in terms of new features and flexibly, but it also may put some network admins off about parting with the very popular Active Directory feature.

4: To Go

There is a mobile version of Windows 8 that users can boot from a USB drive. This allows company employees to take their corporate Windows 8 desktop with them and to load it up whenever they wish. It also allows IT administrators to set up that version so that the network is kept as safe as possible.

5: Faster Boot-Up

According to an article by ITBusinessEdge, Windows 8 can boot up in as little as 8 seconds. This will save businesses a lot of time in the long run, particularly when employees must shut down their systems because of new software installations or updates.

There are plenty of other developments on the way from Microsoft with their Windows 8 OS. When the debut does come around, it should be a busy day in IT departments around the world.