Microsoft unleashed Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview today. The early look at the enterprise version of Windows 8.1 follows the release of Windows 8.1 Preview at Microsoft’s BUILD conference last month, and includes a variety of tools that show Microsoft’s commitment to both BYOD and virtualization.
Aside from the slew of changes and enhancements in the regular Windows 8.1 Preview edition, Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview also includes features uniquely designed for business customers. Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview adds business-friendly elements like Direct Acess, and BranchCache. It also provides IT admins with the power to configure and lock down the Start screen on Windows 8 clients.
Microsoft also has tools in Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview to help out with BYOD and virtualization: Windows To Go, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Windows To Go lets the company put an entire managed Windows 8 desktop environment on a bootable USB thumb drive, and VDI gives the business the tools to enable users to use critical business software from virtually any Internet-connected device.
One of the hottest trends in business technology today is mobility and working remotely. The driving forces behind working remotely are the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend and virtualization.
More and more companies are embracing BYOD and allowing (or requiring) employees to provide their own PCs and mobile devices. BYOD can be a cost-cutting measure for the company, because the employee is taking on some (or all) of the burden of purchasing the PC. BYOD enables users to be more productive and have higher job satisfaction because they get to use the hardware they prefer, and are more comfortable with.
BYOD also introduces some unique concerns, though, when it comes to enforcing policies and protecting company data. Regardless of its benefits, companies can’t just let employees connect rogue computers to the network, or store sensitive company data on a personal PC without any protection. The nice thing about Windows To Go is that it turns any Windows 7 or Windows 8 device into a managed Windows 8 PC without installing any additional software, or putting the personal applications or data of the employee at risk.
Another factor in working remotely is virtualization. Whether hosted locally or in the cloud,virtual servers allow the company to maximize the value from its investment in hardware, and adapt quickly to changing demand or business needs. From an endpoint perspective, virtual applications, or virtual desktop are more valuable. A virtual desktop infrastructure like in Windows 8.1 Enterprise simplifies deployment and management of software because the company only has to install and maintain it in one place. At the same time, it helps the users get more done even on older or weaker hardware because much of the processing overhead is handled on the server end.
Small and medium businesses have a lot to gain from both BYOD and virtualization. The features and capabilities of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to keeping SMB customers on the cutting edge.
Although less popular among netizens, the browser application (browser) Internet Explorer apparently still prevail as the most widely used browser.
Based on the results of research from Net Applications, between December 2012 and January 2013, the number of Internet Explorer users scored 55.14 percent in January.
While Firefox and Google Chrome remained in a two and three, which stood at 19.94 per cent and 17.48 per cent.
In detail, IE10 get 1.29 percent of the market, while IE9 was 20.93 percent and IE 8 is still the best value for Microsoft with 23.54 percent.
Although the youngest position, IE10 recently earned the most secure browser (Read: Adu Safe, IE10 Defeat Firefox and Chrome).
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Undeniably kepopularan iOS and Android mobile platforms on the market today has made Microsoft reportedly plans to bring even more variety of games specifically designed for both platforms.
Meanwhile, according to a report compiled by the Nikkei recently, Microsoft will most likely be a third party to bring even more variety Xbox and PC games that can be run through iOS and Android mobile platforms. And even one Japanese company named clubs reportedly have obtained permission from Microsoft to release a variety of Xbox games and PC specifically intended for both the mobile platform in the near future.
Related to that, a game called “Age of Empires” is said to be the first game to be released exclusively for both the popular mobile platforms.
Microsoft corporation some time ago has been providing Windows 8.1 Preview can be downloaded for free. And later in August, Microsoft also plans to begin delivering the OS to the notebook and tablet manufacturers.
Now before the second step is done, the Redmond-based company that was recently launched hardware certification requirements for Windows 8.1. The certification was announced by Microsoft at the Worldwide Partner Conference and includes some hardware such as Bluetooth, WiFi, 720p webcam and audio equipment.
The certification also allows for features such as Windows 8.1 Wireless Miracast display, internet sharing, NFC, WiFi Direct print and biometric authentication. However sertfikasi is intended for existing devices in 2014 and 2015. So we’re not going to find it in the near future.
You might remember the prize program offered by Microsoft for anyone who finds a bug in his software? One of the applications included in the program is IE11. And interestingly, the first to earn prizes in finding bugs in IE11 program turned out to be one of the Google employees.
In a statement through the official blog, Microsoft said that they had paid out prizes for IE11. But they did not mention who the person is beruntuh. Furthermore, in another day, one Microsoft employee named Katie Missouris revealed that the lucky person is engineer from Google named Ivan Fratric. It was not clear how many gifts given to Fratric Microsoft.
IE11 program to offer cash prizes worth 11 thousand USD for a finding bugs and ends in late July. Meanwhile, a similar program aimed at Windows 8.1 still ongoing with no time limit.
Microsoft has “a bit of a way to go” in determining which market it is targeting for Windows 8, even though the operating system has now been on the market for over a year, Network Rail’s head of information systems strategy Simon Goodman has told Computing.
Goodman praised Microsoft’s early entries into hybrid-led technology via Windows 8, saying there was definitely “a need” for hybrid notebook-tablets, and that this was something Network Rail had “explored internally”.
“We’ve already looked at Surface-based devices,” confirmed Goodman.
“It gives you a combination of nice tablet looks and feel, a lightweight device, but it’s got a bit of grunt behind it, so if you need to do something a little bit more hefty from an applications perspective, you’ve got the tools and capabilities to do that,” he said.
But Goodman described the move from Windows 7 to 8, with its added Modern apps interface, as “a huge jump” for Microsoft, which could affect ease of adoption for some of Network Rail’s workers.
“If you’re a traditional desktop user, it’s quite difficult to get to the look and feel of how that works, and how to navigate around it,” said Goodman.
But Goodman maintained that, from a tablet perspective, “it’s not that hard to work out where you go, and everything else”.
However, Goodman is going to hold fire before rolling out any Windows 8 systems en masse at Network Rail.
“For me, it’s something we will look to embrace where it makes sense to do so, but I still think Microsoft has got a bit of a way to go yet to determine exactly what market it wants to play into,” said Goodman.
Look out for the full-length video interview with Network Rail’s Simon Goodman on Computing very soon.