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The Complete Win 8 Rundown

Do you care enough about Windows 8 to read 3,900 words? If so, click here.

If you're just mildly interested, you can read the next  words and get a quick run down of Redmond news editor Kurt Mackie's fine report on Win 8 licensing, client management, security and more.

Most Windows upgrades are great for existing machines and technically any PC that supports Win 7 can run 8. That doesn't mean it should. Win 8 is really all about touch. No touch screen equals no fun. If you have a desktop you'll clearly want a touch-ready monitor.

Licensing for virtual machines is another consideration. Win 8 comes with Hyper-V but if you want to do anything with it you need to buy an extra license to run another instance of Win 8. Hmmm.

There are really two  versions of Windows 8: Windows 8 itself and its close cousin Win RT, which runs on ARM. Win 8 is managed just like Win 7, while Win RT is not Active Directory-friendly and is managed through Intune or even through the Windows Store. Weird but that's the  way Microsoft wants it.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/04/2012 at 1:19 PM


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