With most users seemingly content to run Microsoft Windows 7 for the foreseeable future, why should you upgrade to Windows 8? This new OS is a response to new trends in the rapidly evolving IT landscape like BYOD, VDI, and an increasingly mobile workforce. Here are 8 important aspects of Windows 8 explained so you can decide if upgrading is the right move for your organization.
1. Microsoft Windows 8 is available in several editions:
Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise. You’ll find Windows 8, Pro, and RT pre-installed on any new devices you may purchase, while Windows 8 Enterprise is only available through volume licensing with software assurance.
2. Hardware is changing practically every day; your OS needs to be able to keep up:
Touchscreens, tablets, notebooks, and Ultrabooks™ are thinner, lighter, and faster. Windows 8 takes advantage of the advancements in each of these form factors, so you can choose the best devices to fit your workforce.
3. Windows 8 volume licensing is only available as an upgrade:
If you want to order Windows 8 for your organization, the devices you’re using must have an OS already installed. No sweat if you’re already running Windows 7 or XP—or even Mac OS X.
4. Your full desktop, on the go:
Windows 8 Enterprise includes a brand new feature called Windows To Go, which has been specifically designed to support BYOD. Windows To Go lets users keep a full version of their desktop on a bootable external USB drive, so they can take their workspace wherever they need to.
5. You can still downgrade if you need to: If you have users who just aren’t ready to make the switch, you can downgrade any new device with Windows 8 pre-installed to any previous version of Windows, including XP.
6. VDI made easy:
Microsoft has created a Windows Companion Subscription License (CSL), which is an optional add-on subscription that grants the primary user of a licensed device the right to access a corporate desktop via VDI or Windows To Go—on up to four corporate-owned devices capable of leveraging these technologies.
7. Windows 8 also includes several new technology features:
Trusted Boot and Measure Boot make boot times appear much faster than previous versions, as Windows 8 will usually hibernate instead of shut down. Mobile Broadband allows for even greater mobility. Refresh and Restore lets you easily reset a computer to a known state.
8. Be aware of hardware requirements:
Most systems running Windows 7 today should be able to upgrade Windows 8 without problems, but just to be sure, here’s a helpful chart of the minimum (not optimal) requirements for running the new OS.
You should now have a better idea of what Windows 8 can do for your organization. For more information, check out our Windows 8 whitepaper
. And if you’re ready to upgrade today, get in touch
with the experts at PC Connection, Inc.