Microsoft Windows 8 has brought many changes to your traditional desktop. The start button is now the start screen, and this start screen displays new active, dynamic tiles. From a technological perspective, Microsoft flattened the architecture allowing for quicker boot ups, faster application launch, and less stress on the compiler. Read on to learn more about these beneficial changes in Windows 8.
The biggest changes in Windows 8
have come on the back end, allowing for better management and virtualization. This lets end-users have a better, consistent interface regardless of the form factor. Whether you are using a tablet, an Ultrabook™, or a notebook, you can have the same look and feel, no matter the device.
Microsoft has also enhanced their remote FX, and upgraded your ability to add and manage USB attachments, such as hard drives, flash drives, and peripherals. If you have Software Assurance
on your desktop or a Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) subscription, a new feature called Windows To Go allows you to have your entire desktop on a 32GB external drive. You can take this drive to any other device running at least Windows 7, boot up from the USB, and run your own desktop. And once you disconnect, none of your information remains on the host device. Your documents, settings, Internet favorites, etc., are all securely contained on the USB drive. This is a huge benefit for road warriors and contractors who might not need a full desktop, but do need access to the network. With the addition of Direct Access (which uses an IPv6 connection), you can attach to your corporate network seamlessly and transparently.
Licensing has also changed with Windows 8. Besides the addition of Windows To Go, Microsoft has added companion subscription licensing and roaming rights to the desktop. With Windows 8, if you have SA on the desktop, you can bring in your own device (such as an iPad
or an Android tablet) for a small charge, and access your desktop, or VDA environment. If you have a Windows tablet (running either 8 Pro or RT), and the device is company owned, you can attach to the environment at no additional charge. Roaming use rights allows you to log into your VDA desktop or thick client desktop for a third-party device, such as a kiosk, a library computer, a home computer, etc.
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