Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:03 Written by admin Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:03
Here’s the download link for Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview released today by Microsoft. The Redmond company wants business customers to grab the bits and start testing deployments. Windows 8.1 preview has already been available for download for quite a while now, so you might be asking what’s in it for you. Well, you have to think of Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview as plain vanilla Windows 8.1 preview on steroids.
Here are the premium features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition:
- Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security.
- Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company.
- DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely without having to launch a separate VPN. Also, IT administrators can keep remote users’ PCs up-to-date by applying the latest policies and software updates.
- BranchCache: Employees in branch offices no longer need to download content multiple times across their Wide Area Network (WAN) as BranchCache caches files, websites and other content from central servers locally on hosted cache servers or PCs.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Users will enjoy a rich desktop experience and the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios, thanks to enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012.
- AppLocker: IT organizations can create a more secure environment by restricting the files and apps that users or groups can run on a PC, increasing the security of the device and the data it holds.
- Windows Enterprise Side-Loading: Internal Windows apps can be side-loaded on domain-joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
These Enterprise edition features add to the broader range of the new business capabilities in Windows 8.1 that we shared at TechEd North America back in June. These features included:
- Assigned Access: This new Windows 8.1 feature lets organizations enable a single Windows Store application experience on a device so the user only experiences the specified application but cannot access other system files and applications.
- Inbox VPN Clients: Windows 8.1 extends the ability to third party VPN providers to include versions of their VPN clients’ inbox. This means that on both x86 and ARM (RT) platforms, vendors can work with Microsoft to include their VPN functionality inbox with Windows 8.1.
- Open MDM: With Windows 8.1, new Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) capabilities are built into the OS and enable mobile device management using third-party MDM solutions, such as MobileIron or AirWatch, with no additional agent required. Enhanced policies allow administrators to manage more settings from both Windows Intune and the third-party MDM solutions for both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
- Workplace join: Trusted devices running Windows 8.1 are allowed to access secured enterprise data.
- Remote business data removal: Allows personal devices to connect to, access and store company content that can be efficiently removed from the device by IT at a later date while leaving the personal data intact.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:06 Written by admin Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:06
It won’t be long now until you get your hands on the RTM version of Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue. Microsoft is gearing up to release Windows 8.1 to manufacturing. While the specific RTM deadline has not been made public, the moment when Windows 8.1 will go gold is just around the corner.
In fact, chances are that Windows 8.1 will go gold by August. According to the Redmond company: ‘Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August. This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays! We’ll have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1.’
This is good news for Windows 8 users, which will get their hands on Windows 8.1 quite soon after OEM availability.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 01:09 Written by admin Wednesday, 26 June 2013 01:09
Get it while it’s hot, so to speak. Microsoft has made available for download the first official taste of Windows codename Blue for the public. The Redmond company has set up a Windows 8.1 Preview download site that you can find here.
You can install Windows 8.1 Preview through the Windows Store or by using ISO files. Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files will be made available on this site within the next day, so please check back. ISO files for Windows 8.1 Preview will be available in Arabic, English (US), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ is available here.
Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview are prerelease versions of Windows 8.1. They build on Windows 8 and bring you more ways to stay productive, have fun, and do all the things you need and want to do on your PC. Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview include enhancements in personalization, search, apps, the Windows Store, and cloud connectivity, and have the security and reliability features you expect from Windows. They’re fast, and made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.
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