The Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition that was released last week isn't just for PC tech enthusiasts, at least according to Microsoft. In a new entry on the Windows For Your Business blog, Microsoft's Erwin Visser talks about how businesses can also benefit from checking out the Consumer Preview version.
One of the new features of Windows 8 is Windows To Go, a way for employees to take their corporate Windows 8 PC and store it on an external USB drive so they can run Windows 8 on almost any PC anywhere in the world. As Visser states:
It’s like having your secure corporate PC in your pocket. And this means employees will be able to do things like travel light without sacrificing productivity, IT organizations can support the “Bring Your Own PC” trend, and businesses can give contingent staff access to the corporate environment without compromising security.
Another Windows 8 feature that businesses can use is Trusted Boot which checks for malware and viruses throughout the PC booting process. Visser also talks about the Virtual Desktop Infrastructures for thin client machines in the workplace. Visser states:
With Windows 8, VDI is reimagined to offer more and address those concerns. Users will be able to get a virtualized experience that feels like a rich client experience, with things like high-definition graphics fully responsive to touch, along with high performance and support for local USB devices.
More information about Windows 8 and its uses in the business world can be found in a new Microsoft press release which also reports that Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, gave a keynote address on this subject today at the CeBIT trade show.