We’re getting pretty excited about the imminent launch of a number of new products and platforms this year – in particular Windows 8 and Microsoft Server 2012, and are busy getting up-to-speed with the various features and testing out how they work.
The final Windows 8 Release Preview has been available for a few months, so if you haven’t already, now is a good time for you to consider your desktop strategy and how Windows 8 could fit into it.
The actual release date for Windows 8 has been set as the first week in August (for hardware manufacturers), but the new operating system – with its much-hyped, love-it-or-hate-it, previously-known-as Metro interface – will only see general availability to the public by the end of October.
But we know what you’re really interested in is what Windows 8 means for your business.
Some of the new features we think you’ll be excited about include:
- Security – the end-to-end security in Windows 8 is driving a significant level of interest. You’ll be able to take advantage of features like Trusted Boot, BitLocker Drive Encryption and AppLocker, enabling a more secure foundation no matter where employees are located.
- File history – a revamped file and contacts backup program that automatically backs up information and allows previous versions to be restored.
- Remote access – many new enhancements that may help staff work more effectively wherever they are.
For those of you still on the decade old Windows XP, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of migrating to Windows 7 to ensure your PCs keep up with the way you and your team work, in the office and on the go.
XP is now outdated and insecure (and has to go!) and businesses that continue to retain an XP environment are exposing themselves to security risks and support challenges, as well as wasting budget dollars that would be better used in modernising IT investments. We strongly encourage you to accelerate your move to Windows 7 or plan for Windows 8 to experience dramatic savings and functionality over Windows XP.