Windows 8: Take It or Leave It

On 7 February 2013 by Pete Petersen

Windows 8 New Features

While many organizations struggle to justify a move to Windows 8, other organizations are happily deploying Windows 7–indeed, continuing their migrations from Windows XP to Windows 7. Unless there is a compelling need to move to tablets in an organization, or some issue that Windows 8 can solve that Windows 7 cannot, most will stay at Windows 7, a good, solid OS that can continue to serve for the foreseeable future.

That being said, many changes are coming on the VDI front with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. For example, an overhaul of Hyper-V and RDP (now v8), provide several compelling reasons to go with the new OS set.

Other organizations are looking at alternatives that altogether do not include a Microsoft OS. Regardless, there are some good reasons for examining the new offerings and making your decisions based on your study and matching those features with your requirements.

Here is a short list of features that deserve a look:

  • AppLocker*
  • BitLocker
  • BranchCache*
  • Client Hyper-V
  • DirectAccess*
  • Security Auditing
  • Smart Cards
  • Volume Activation
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Windows To Go*