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As we’ve shared with you before, Windows 8 Enterprise has a variety of features unique to this edition of the operating system designed to address the needs of business customers. Today, I want to talk to you about these features that we hope will give you new possibilities in mobile productivity – whether you’re a road warrior, “work-from-home-er,” or remote office worker.
Windows To Go: Windows 8 Enterprise in Your Back Pocket
One of the most talked about new features of Windows 8 Enterprise is Windows To Go. As a reminder, Windows To Go is a fully manageable, secure corporate Windows 8 OS image installed on a bootable, certified USB stick. The feature allows employees to work from any location on practically any PC that meets hardware certification requirements for Windows 7 (or higher). For a list of the detailed hardware requirements, please visit this TechNet article, which provides an excellent feature overview of Windows To Go.
While Windows To Go is not intended to be a replacement option for your device, it can offer your business a new way to stay fully productive and connected to your apps and data while you’re on the go – whether working from home on your own PC, or using any available PC while you are traveling. We expect businesses might use Windows To Go to reduce the need for employees to transport their computers to different locations, especially in supporting workers in more mobile environments, such as military, police officers or people working on remote construction sites. Windows To Go USB sticks can be encrypted with BitLocker technology, so all data and apps are protected, even if the USB stick is lost or stolen. There are a few other important enterprise scenarios where Windows To Go can be a game changer:
IT can provision an employee’s Windows To Go drive using System Center Configuration Manager, which helps keep the image on the Windows To Go stick up-to-date and compliant with the corporate IT environment. Then, the employee may use the device on the go, at home or on their personal PC at work, with or without enterprise network connectivity.
Want to learn more about Windows To Go? I recommend that you check out this FAQ and a step-by-step breakdown for IT professionals on how to provision a Windows To Go USB drive.
Other Important Mobility Features of Windows 8
While Windows To Go is one of the most talked about new features of Windows 8, there are several others that customers are taking advantage of as they look at deployment options:
Over the next few months, I’ll continue to share with you more background with customer examples on these and other important features in the new operating system. As always, we look forward to your thoughts and feedback here.
Apparently, those enterprise users are not very happy after all: answers.microsoft.com/.../cf059499-3ce3-49e4-8069-ecdccd55a5f9
Does anyone from Microsoft Corporation care to reply to that thread at Microsoft Community website? There are 48 answers, as of this moment but its not enough to get attention from Microsoft staff? And I was under the impression that enterprise users are dear to Microsoft.
Please submit one reply detailing the workaround to this problem and comment on if it will be resolved in future.
Alas, enterprise users don't want a dumbed-down non-customizable OS with tons of features taken out. They want all the features and customization of the previous release plus added value. It will take Microsoft another decade to understand its enterprise customers. We don't want more "simplified". We want more powerful, more customizable, more configurable.
I am not sure Win8 use two brain processing system like human or small power to control big power transmission like electro-hydraulic system to achieve aceleration.
This is two only solution to realize strong software which need much shorter time!
In the consideratin, Win vista and Win 7 are disapponting for many users...