On Tuesday, Microsoft released the latest version of the Windows 8.1 Preview to its enterprise customers. The Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview is geared 100% of the way towards enterprise customers and is completely business focused with its latest updates and features.
The Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview has a bunch of new and exciting enhancements that business users will find useful when deploying Windows 8.1. The number of new features within the Enterprise preview could help Microsoft get more of its Windows 8.1 release into businesses this year.
7 Main New Features in Enterprise Preview
For enterprise customers, the main number of new features is astonishing. These features include: Windows To Go Generator, Start screen control, DirectAccess, BranchCache, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, AppLocker, and finally Windows Enterprise Side Loading. On the Technet blog on Microsoft’s site, the companies details the numerous other business focused changes.
Windows 8 Support Ends January 10, 2023
Another main point but out by Microsoft on the Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview, was that Windows 8.1 will have the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8. For many users that doesn’t mean much, but for businesses, they can expect the lifecycle of Windows 8.1 to last until January 10, 2023 in their companies.
Windows 8.1 Still On Target For Fall
According to many reports, Microsoft is still aiming to have the RTM, or ready to manufacturers, version of Windows 8.1 ready by the August 30, 2013. This should give OEM’s and manufacturers time to install and test Windows 8.1 on their devices and give enough time for them to beef up for any support issues on the release. At what time when users of Windows 8 will be able to get the final version of Windows 8.1 is still a no comment from Microsoft.
This latest release of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is another step in the Windows 8.1 road show. Now, enterprise customers have it in their hands and they can test in within their companies on test machines, and see whether or not Windows 8.1 is ready for them. Windows 8 is taking a slow adoption period by businesses, but hopefully this should help them make the leap to Windows 8 soon in their companies.