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Evaulating Windows 8's Enterprise Value

Redmond columnist Don Jones is always the voice of reason. While many have been getting emotional about Windows 8, Don calmly sits down and rationally analyzes the value of this radically new OS.

Jones sees some business reasons for the new OS and makes an argument for companies to love all those Windows Store App tiles.

DirectAccess, which replaces VPNs for remote access, works much better under Win 8.

Another plus in the business column is Windows to Go, which lets you put a full encrypted bootable Windows install in a USB drive -- and it runs from a tile. 

Jones' advice is to look at using Win 8 as a compliment to existing machines, such as using it to drive mobile while you may stick with Win 7 as your core use machine.

I'm sure we'll hear a lot more cogent words of advice from Jones as he gets deeper into the OS.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/05/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 fej

Windows to Go -- now that's the ticket! What's me best, most cost-effective, least annoying strategy for getting to Windows to Go? Can I buy a Win 7 notebook, buy the $14.99 Win 8 upgrade package, and by good to go with Windows to Go? Or must I follow some other path? (Feel free to reply to my email.)

Mon, Nov 5, 2012

Don't like to critique a writer's spelling/grammar but the correct word use above should be "complement" not "compliment". The sound the same but have different meanings.

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 Clint Huffman Seattle, WA

This article is well written. Thanks! In general, people need to know that Windows 8 is not just the tile interface - it has a desktop just like Windows 7. The start menu was simply replaced with the tile UI. I've been running Windows 8 for over a month using all of my business apps designed for Windows 7. Don't be afraid. :-)

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