The Windows 8 Release Preview has only been available for less than two weeks but Microsoft has said that a number of large businesses are already using the Release Preview build of the OS. In a new post on the official Windows Business blog, Microsoft gives three examples of how the Windows 8 Release Preview is already working in the enterprise market.
One example cited is a special Windows 8 app created for the furniture retailer Rooms To Go. This business tablet app lets the company's salespeople work without having to leave a potential customer. According to Russ Rosen, the CIO of Rooms To Go, "Windows 8 provides Rooms To Go the ability to develop a custom point of sale application that takes advantage of continuous connectivity, and provides a natural touch interface to allow for a cost-effective experience for our sales associates across 175 stores."
Yet another example is the use of the Windows To Go feature in Windows 8 by PCL Construction. The company decided to use the Windows 8 Release Preview ahead of its official launch in order to work out the kinks before the final version of Windows 8 is released. Microsoft states:
Working with Windows 8 Release Preview versions of Windows To Go, PCL Construction employees can carry their entire managed corporate desktop and bring it along with them on a small bootable USB drive wherever they go – on the jobsite, from a field office, or from the comfort of their own home computer.
Windows 8 is also being used overseas by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service. Microsoft said that the group's employees have been given a Windows 8 tablet, along with custom applications. Microsoft states, "These applications allow prosecution officers to remain effective and productive whether working in an office, courtroom or while mobile."
Source: Microsoft Windows Business blog