On Monday, Microsoft announced a number of enhancements and improvements coming to Windows 8.1 in their TechEd 2013 presentation to IT pros. In its keynote, Microsoft finally is giving enterprise customers the tools they need to deploy Windows 8.
In New Orleans on Monday, Microsoft announced a number of enterprise and business level additions that will be featured in the Windows 8.1 rollout later this year. In it, Microsoft announced a number of mobile productivity enhancements as well.
NFC, WI-Fi Direct Printing and More
With the Windows 8.1 release, enterprise customers will be able to print with their Windows 8.1 device to any NFC-enabled printer and this should launch a number of NFC printers on the market with this announcement. In addition, users will be able to print Wirelessly without any additional drivers on their devices needing to be installed. Additional improvements include mirrored wireless displays, broadband tethering for wi-fi hotspot enabling, and VPN improvements which will let users use VPN clients more easily.
Enhanced Security Improvements
With the enterprise announcements, Microsoft also let it known that access controls including Biometric controls and virtual smart cards will be enabled with the Windows 8.1 release. Security concerns with Windows on the enterprise level will also be minimized with the Windows Defender inclusion and improved Internet Explore scanning of files.
Management Controls and Device Manageability
Also announced during TechEd was the ability for companies to manage their IT controls along with other system level improvements to their endusers. Customization of the start screens, remote wiping of devices, Open MDM and Workplace Join mark a strong improvement of enterprise level control of Windows 8.1
Businesses lastly will be able to assign access of their Windows 8.1 devices depending on the user. So a particular user will be able to use a set number of applications and so forth. An included embedded industry addition was made so POS systems, ATMs, and other devices can use Windows 8.1 more securely as well.
Overall, Microsoft made vast improvements to Windows 8.1 to enterprise and business level customers and gave them what they need to launch Windows 8.1 in their companies, and give users more security at the same time when using it within their companies Intranets. Whether enterprise customers purchase additional licenses of Windows 8 in their companies is unsure, but it gives Windows 8 in the workplace another reason to survive.