Microsoft’s Short Product Guide for Business describes changes in Windows on same day as Consumer Preview
The Windows 8 beta, or Consumer Preview, may be taking the spotlight but Microsoft’s Short Product Guide for Business rationalises the changes made in the next Windows
The Consumer Preview is going to be a big milestone for Microsoft: it will allow them to show off to the world just where Windows 8 actually is in development, five months after the Developer Preview, and what consumers can expect to see at retail. For business users, Microsoft’s Short Product Guide for Business explains how the changes in Windows 8 impact everyone involved in the business.
The Product Guide for Business points out that ‘ARM tablets are ideal for workers who are on the go and need a long-lasting battery.’ It also says that the “ARM-based version of Windows does not include the same manageability features” as in the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
The document also describes Windows To Go, which basically allows anyone in the business to access details remotely or (as the document describes it) “alternative workplace scenarios.” When employees of the business insert ‘their device into any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC they get their entire environment’, which can be operated and managed as a full device. According to the document workers can use Windows To Go so “no corporate data is stored on their device.”
Microsoft is also keen to highlight how easy it is to move from a previous Windows OS to Windows 8, with Internet Explorer 10 highlighting this: “web-based line of businesses applications carry over … because it carries to IE9, IE8, IE7.”
However, as ZDNet points out, upgrade processes in business can be slow and so those currently using Windows XP might only now be upgrading to Windows 7. “[T]he leap from XP to Windows 8 is a big one, and the risk are unknown.” Also, is there a real incentive for businesses to upgrade to Windows 8 just yet? “Windows 7 is much more stable, more powerful and more secure,” ZDNet says. The mileage businesses can get out of Windows 8 is strong, with six or seven years likely before ‘Windows 9’ – or whatever it is called – releases.