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Five Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Windows 8

Windows 8 is here! Designed to meets users’ needs for speed, multi-device access and touch-screen capabilities, the new OS also packs ground-breaking advancements in mobile productivity and security that can help you maximize ROI.
Take a look at some of the specific ways Windows 8 can benefit your business:


1. Enhanced Mobile Productivity for Managing Remote Workers

Is your off-site workforce growing? Windows 8 helps you seamlessly and more securely extend your corporate IT environment to remote workers.

  • Windows To Go gives users (including contractors and employees) a corporate Windows image that includes custom applications, settings and corporate data on a compatible USB storage device. Whether they’re on work-issued or personal PCs, users get a rich, consistent, personalized Windows 8 experience without compromising corporate security.
  • Direct Access enables remote users to seamlessly connect to a corporate network without having to launch a separate connection, making it more convenient than a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Administrators can monitor connections and remotely manage client computers.

2. Better End-to-End Security for a More Stable Foundation

With a robust anti-malware package and a focus on securing and protecting applications, Windows 8 promises to be the most secure OS to date. Here are a few features:

 

Trusted boot and measured boot processes stop malware programs before and during boot.

  • Trusted boot and measured boot processes stop malware programs before and during boot.
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption helps protect data theft due to lost, stolen or inappropriately decommissioned computers.
  • AppLocker allows IT administrators to specify the apps that users can run.
  • Windows SmartScreen app reputation protects against malicious software.
  • Claim-based access control enables you to set up and manage data usage policies.

3. More Possibilities for Line of Business (LOB) Application Development and Management

LOB apps, such as point-of-sale applications, help you customize and streamline business processes. The results: increased employee productivity, easier deployment and a more intuitive experience for PC users. With Windows 8, developers can program in the languages they already know—C#, C++, JavaScript and Visual Basic..

4. Deployment Tools for Smoother Implementation

The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) and User State Migration Tool (USMT) help identify compatibility issues and automate data migration from a previous Windows installation (including Windows XP).

5. Happy Users = More Productive Workers

The Windows 8 graphic interface is deeply personalized, fast and fluid. The touch-enabled experience translates seamlessly to a mouse and keyboard, and extends to all sorts of devices; from high-performing desktop PCs to low-power tablets (think longer battery life). With cloud connection, users can instantly access the people, files and settings they care about—Start page, themes, language preferences and browser favourites—when they sign in.

 

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