Microsoft Windows 8: 11 Hot Enterprise Features of the OS
Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 Enterprise edition is a version of the new OS devised for enterprise users. Windows 8 Enterprise features include all the capabilities that customers get with Windows 8 Pro plus premium features designed to provide the mobile productivity, security, manageability and virtualization needs of today's businesses.
Now that Microsoft has launched Windows 8 and consumers are all set to get their hands on the new operating system, the next step will be to see what enterprises do regarding the new platform. That is one of the key things Microsoft and its partners are looking at as Windows 8 is now loaded on PCs and became ready for sale as of midnight on Oct. 25, or officially Oct. 26. The enterprise is not always first to adopt new operating system software, as it is not easy to migrate an entire fleet of systems from one operating system to the next. Many enterprises stick with a single version of an operating system for years, sometimes skipping every other release. For instance, many financial institutions and Wall Street banks are still on Windows XP and older versions of Internet Explorer. "The first thing we have to do is, we want to make sure our enterprise customers have a plan to get off of XP," Erwin Visser, senior director of Windows commercial product marketing, told eWEEK. Visser noted that many enterprises are ready to move to Windows 8 immediately for specific business scenarios such as customer-facing apps in industries such as retail or airlines and other areas. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the things Microsoft has done to benefit enterprise users in Windows 8.