More information on Windows 8 Enterprise revealed

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the SKU versions of Windows 8; Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT (for ARM processor-based hardware products). A few minutes after Microsoft made the announcement, it updated the blog post to also announce an Enterprise SKU for Windows 8.

Today on the official Windows Business blog, Microsoft's went into more detail about what Windows 8 Enterprise would be like. Visser confirmed it will have all of the features that will be found in Windows 8 Pro plus some additional content that will be exclusive to the Enterprise edition.

Visser confirmed that the Enterprise SKU would include the new Windows To Go feature, which lets businesses allow its employees to take their desktop version of Windows 8 and store on a USB boot drive. That allows the employee to boot up his Windows 8 desktop from virtually any PC.

Other features include DirectAccess, which will allow Windows 8 Enterprise users to log in remotely to a local corporate network without having to log into a separate VPN. It will also have BranchCache that will cache files such as documents, websites and more from a business' server so that such content is not constantly being re-downloaded off a company's wide area network.

Windows 8 Enterprise will also have ways for businesses and IT customers to restrict access to apps or files via AppLocker, along with the ability to automatically side-load any internal Windows 8 Metro style apps. Devices such as tablets that are running on Windows RT will be able to get extended Virtual Desktop Access via Windows 8 Enterprise.

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.......then you'll see plenty of very valid uses for win8 in businesses, it'll just be a piecemeal deployment as opposed to mass deployment

Ny guess is, based on the following:

historical president - larger companies don't jump on new windows versions until sp1, then only if there is a direct benefit in doing so.

Windows 7 is solid.

A lot of companies held off win7 and haven't long been using it (in relation to how long they used XP).

Economic climate globally.

So take these and more into consideration, which you can bet your ass MS have done, I don't think MS are expecting mass corporate adoption of WIn8. I say this for the folks who also say the same thing but word it like its a surprise!

Now the home user and small business market is where penetration will start, people who walk into stores and see demos, who don't really know much IT, who just need new computers. Yeah it'll be a shock to them but i also think if sold/marketed correctly it will be a hit.

Then we have the tablet users, who want to use them in work but IT requires control, Intel based win 8 tablets with full domain membership, device compatibility, gp, etc. Will be a win here, with sideloaded in house apps or some of the upcoming dynamics metro apps and metro office.

Sure this isn't going to be instant, but if you take a deep look at some of the things emerging for businesses that use the full MS stack (dynamics, SharePoint, office, lync)

I have a dirty feeling that Win 7 is going to be the next Win XP... Changes from win 7 to win 8 are too radical for businesses to adopt quickly and retrain the employees to use. Especially considering that a lot of businesses have either recently or in the process of upgrading to Windows 7.

SteelToast said,
I have a dirty feeling that Win 7 is going to be the next Win XP... Changes from win 7 to win 8 are too radical for businesses to adopt quickly and retrain the employees to use. Especially considering that a lot of businesses have either recently or in the process of upgrading to Windows 7.

Very true...

That is if any business WANTS to upgrade to Windows 8. No retail version either, Software Assurance required. Oh goodie!!

xpclient said,
That is if any business WANTS to upgrade to Windows 8. No retail version either, Software Assurance required. Oh goodie!!

There's NEVER been a retail version of the Enterprise SKU of Windows, it's always been available through licensing only.

Missing from the features list--totally disabling the Metro UI. (Remember businesses are still very keyboard/mouse oriented using laptops and desktops. "Touchy-feely" as a business UI is still many years away.

I'd bet most businesses will not switch to Windows 8. Microsoft even limits Technet users who can even try it, which is pathetic in itself.

jd100 said,
I'd bet most businesses will not switch to Windows 8. Microsoft even limits Technet users who can even try it, which is pathetic in itself.

Because 3 Windows keys from technet aren't enough for you to "try" out the OS right?

Omen1393 said,
So just to be clear, if I buy Windows 8 pro, there's no way for me to get Windows to go? That's very disappointing.

That's the only feature which stands out from the rest and it wont be available for average consumers! What a shame!

LauRoman said,
Just give up and call the tablet version, Windows 8 Arty.

Way to hate on artists, just because Metro panders to simplicity dosen't mean it panders to artists you idiot.

Tezze97 said,
BrancheCache and DirectAccess were features of Windows 7... so the only new thing in 8 is Metro and Win2Go?

I doubt it, there's probably more but MS haven't described / demonstrated them yet.

Tezze97 said,
BrancheCache and DirectAccess were features of Windows 7... so the only new thing in 8 is Metro and Win2Go?

This story is about the difference in the ENTERPRISE edition versus the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro editions.

Get it?

Tezze97 said,
BrancheCache and DirectAccess were features of Windows 7... so the only new thing in 8 is Metro and Win2Go?

Way to not read the article.

This article is about features in the set (Windows 8 Enterprise - Windows 8 Pro). Anything that is a feature of Windows 8 Pro is not considered. There are lots of new awesome features in Windows 8 that have nothing to do with Metro.