7 Reasons why Windows 8 is the Future
Touch, cloud, BYOD and IT consumerization dominate the mindshare of IT managers. Windows 8 enters the scene with a hostof features that make it the right choice for enterprise computing. Here's a look at the top scenarios in which Windows 8 makes IT managers' jobs easier.
Employee demand for touchscreen tablets
20 percent of corporate employees say they prefer Windows 8 for touchscreen tablets. "That bodes well for Windows8's prospects for bring-your-own device (BYOD) demand," says Forrester Research.
Easier deployment of critical applications to tablets or touchscreen devices
Windows 8 brings a new model for developing and deploying applications that supports standard Web technologies and also leverages the tools you currently use to build applications.
Build-in features for supporting users who rely on more than one PC
Full-featured client Hyper-V is now included in Windows 8 Enterprise, which helps keep third-party licensing costs down.
Secure desktops in a free seating environment or a contractor labor pool
Windows To Go, a secure desktop environment, exists on a bootable external USB stick, lets employees safely run business data and applications on their personal Windows Licensed PC.
Enhanced support for managing remote locations or remote employees
When supporting remote locations or workers, Windows 8 offers multiple options. It continues to support DirectAccess, which allows remote users to access resources inside a corporate network without having to launch a separate VPN. In addition, BrancheCache enables multiple cache servers to run in one office for easier operating system deployment; it also can divide files into small pieces and eliminate duplicates for greater bandwidth efficiency and network performance.
Enhanced virtual desktop capabilities
Windows 8 Enterprise uses enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012 to run desktop environments and 3D graphics across networks in virtual desktop infrastructure implementations.
Easy application access for tablets
Consumer devices running Windows 8 can be granted access to applications you publish to the Self Service Portal as long as they are ARM and x86 based.
Did You Know?
53% of respondents to an informationWeek survey say they plan to upgrade to Windows 8.
750 million tablets will be in use by 2016 and 82 percent of firms expect to support tablets for employees, according to Forrester Research.
30 million Windows 8 and RT tablets to be sold in 2016, IDC says.
Most existing Windows 7 apps are compatible with Windows 8 Pro.
Windows 8 includes a new option to use gestures to log in in addition to password, numeric PIN or finger print readers.
Dell has built several Windows 8 apps that help customers shop for Dell products and connect with Dell support.
The company is also working with customers in retail, finance, and healthcare to reimagine their LOB applications for Windows 8.
Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook/convertible tablet and the Dell Latitude 10 tablet support Windows 8 and offer light-weight, compact design,
outstanding battery life and the latest Intel processor technology.
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