Feeds

Microsoft tears the wraps off Windows 8 Enterprise

USB boot from your own device

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Remember the enterprise? Despite what has become a fanatical focus on consumers to beat Apple with Windows 8 tablets and Windows phones, Microsoft does – just about.

Microsoft on Monday revealed three main editions of Windows 8, due later this year: two for tablets and Windows Pro for “business/technical professionals”, which for some reason assumes such professionals won’t want a tablet in the office.

Snuck into the news was the merest of mentions of Windows 8 Enterprise Edition. Now, three days later, Microsoft has explained how Enterprise will differ from Pro – beyond the obvious point of it only being available to the big dogs on a Software Assurance contract.

With Enterprise it’ll be possible to boot from a USB with Windows to Go, so organisations can install and manage the operating system on devices the user brings into the office.

Mobility and security are served in two ways: there will be remote access to the corporate network without the need to launch a separate VPN using DirectAccess, while PCs can cache files, websites and other content without constantly choking the corporate network with repeated downloads.

Enterprise users will also receive the ability to "side-load internal, Windows 8 Metro style apps". This sounds like the ability to install apps that were not built according to the WinRT rules but which have the tiled interface.

The Software Assurance rules have been, once again, extended. Among the changes are an extension of SA to cover any machine using Windows to Go.

These features come in addition to Windows 8 Pro's BitLocker encryption, client virtualisation, domain and group policy management and file system encryption.

You can read more here. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.