Windows 8 Must Retain Confidence of PC OEMs
5. App development can be kept behind the firewall Along with an application store built into the operating system, Microsoft will allow companies to develop their own applications with a software development kit. The nice thing about that is that if companies want to keep a program in-house and behind its firewall, it can do so. Expect many more proprietary Windows 8 apps to crop up in the coming years.With Windows To Go, Microsoft is allowing enterprise users to take an entire copy of Windows 8, load it onto a USB key, and then use it elsewhere. The bootable Windows 8 Enterprise version is fully manageable. Sounds good, right? 7. BitLocker matters Its impossible to place too much emphasis on the need for security and encryption in todays increasingly dangerous computing environment. But with Windows 8s BitLocker and BitLocker to Go, companies will be able to go a long way toward enforcing IT security policy compliance, protect data through encryption and keep important information out of the hands of cyber-criminals. BitLocker works much better in Windows 8. 8. Microsoft already learned its lessons Ever since Vista was released, companies cant help but wonder if Microsoft will make another misstep. But the chances of that seem slimmer than ever. Microsoft learned its lessons from that episode and came back strong with Windows 7. Windows 8 is dramatically different from both Vista and Windows 7. The last thing Microsoft wants to do is relive history, and so far it looks like that isnt going to happen. 9. The company is clear on its business focus One of the issues with Windows 7s launch was that it wasnt immediately clear that Microsoft had a strong desire to appeal to the enterprise. The company saw that Apple was on its heels, and it appeared to forget about its core market. But that has changed in Windows 8, and Microsoft has said time and again how important the enterprise is. Thats nice to see. 10. Vendors are pushing full-steam ahead One of the best early warning flags Microsoft and PC buyers have when it comes to Windows 8 support is vendor support. If HP, Dell, and other vendors start losing confidence in the operating system, Microsoft and the rest of the world will hear about it quickly. So far, vendors seem awfully excited about Windows 8. Thats a good thing. Follow Don Reisinger on Twitter by clicking here
6. Windows To Go, anyone?