Windows 8.1 is currently in its third Windows Update phase to the Preview Release. When Windows 8 originally released, most of IT just scratched their heads and said, "Not for me," due to the lack of robust Enterprise features. What Microsoft originally released to the public in October of 2012 looked more like an attempt to capture consumers than businesses. In reality, that made a lot of sense considering Microsoft's uphill battle to reclaim an industry it lost would involve competing against Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems. Still, from an IT perspective, Microsoft had always delivered to the business first and this was the first time they felt that IT was an afterthought. Despite Windows 8 bolstering security and actually having Enterprise features, for most IT organizations it just wasn't enough to warrant moving from Windows 7, or, *gasp*, Windows XP.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be building the case for Windows 8.1 as an Enterprise operating system by digging into the various features being included in the .1 release. Each topic will get its own article and provide much deeper insight than I've seen in other places. As each topic is covered, I'll stop back here and update the list with the appropriate links. And, as the series progresses, don't be surprised if the list grows, or some of the articles get updated the closer we get to an official, public release. If an article gets updated with new information, I'll note that here in the list along with the date.
Here's what you can expect so far:
- App updates
- Open MDM - June 12, 2013
- Windows Defender - July 29, 2013
- NFC printing - July 24, 2013
- Miracast wireless display - July 25, 2013
- Wi-Fi direct printing - July 25, 2013
- Mobile broadband tethering - August 6, 2013
- Remote Business Data Removal - August 20, 2013
- Auto-triggered VPN
- Device encryption
- Remote Desktop
- Work Place Join - July 22, 2013
- Work Folders - July 23, 2013
- Windows PowerShell 4.0 - August 8, 2013
After looking through the list, if you believe I missed something, please let me know and I'll add it into the plan.