Friday, April 20, 2012


    Recently, just after announcing the Three different versions of Windows 8 Microsoft has Announced The Fourth Version Of Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise. Microsoft Announced the feature set for Windows 8 Enterprise, essentially explaining what volume and InTune customers will be able to buy, and how it keeps a difference from the consumer SKUs. And the essential explanation including the difference from Consumer versions of windows 8 and Windows 8 Enterprise is as follows.

  • Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This will allow IT organizations to support the “Bring Your Own PC” trend and businesses can give contingent staff access to the corporate environment without compromising security.

  • DirectAccess allows remote users to seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network without having to launch a separate VPN and helps IT administrators keep remote users’ PCs in compliance by applying the latest policies, software updates, is easier to deploy, and it can be implemented with the existing IPv4 infrastructure.

  • BranchCache allows users’ PCs to cache files, websites, and other content from central servers, so content is not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN). When used with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 brings several improvements to BranchCache to streamline the deployment process, optimize bandwidth over WAN connections and ensure better security and scalabilty.

  • AppLocker can help mitigate issues by restricting the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run.

  • VDI enhancements: Enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012, provide users with a rich desktop experience with 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.

  • New Windows 8 App Deployment: Domain joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8 Enterprise will automatically be enabled to side-load internal, Windows 8 Metro style apps.

  Number of SKUs of Windows 8 is increasing now and it was four including Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT, And a Build For Chinese. But actually a consumer only gets a choice of two since the Windows 8 RT is designed for Specific Hardware. So a consumer can only select Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8. Still, the Pro/not distinction is a good one.