How Will Windows 8 Change Your Business Perspectives?

Microsoft is encouraging enterprises to seriously consider upgrading to Windows 8. While Windows 8 is packaged automatically onto new PCs and tablets, in the enterprise environment it is expected to be a more difficult sell. Most enterprises have either recently upgraded from XP to Windows 7 or are in the process of doing so.

Results of a survey by Dixons’ IT consultancy Equanet show one in ten businesses will adopt Windows 8 immediately, but 42% of them have no plans to adopt the new OS. The survey also showed that half of the firms surveyed are trying to finish their updates to Windows 7.

The development of Windows 8 started in 2009, and it was released for general availability in October 2012. There are features to Windows 8 that aim to change your everyday business activities:

Mobility. Everywhere, anytime. For enterprises, Windows 8 offers employees a new way to connect to their personal desktop: Windows to Go, puts the whole Windows 8 environment onto a portable USB-based storage device. This allows organizations to benefit from the “Bring Your Own Device” trend. Businesses can give staff access from their home-office to the corporate environment without compromising security.

Greater security. Some of the latest security innovations introduced by Microsoft are dedicated specifically to enterprise users and aim to meet specific business needs. The AppLocker is just one of security feature that help mitigate issues by restricting the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run. Microsoft expanded its support for embedded hardware security, introduced an extended security suite into the operating system, and enabled alternate authentication schemes.

The presence of an App Store.  Microsoft provides a single place to download and install new software applications.  For large enterprises it may not be particularly helpful but may be for the small businesses.

Because Windows 8 is such a major change in contrast with what Microsoft used to design, many companies will be tempted to question it more closely. Most large companies will likely be most comfortable with Windows 7. Windows 8 will gradually gain acceptance amongst consumers, who, in the end, may influence companies to adopt it.