Dawn of Windows 8 Brings New Device Opportunities as Sun Sets on XP – Stories

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April8,2013OnApril8,2014,supportwillendfortwovenerableMicrosoftproducts:WindowsXPandOffice2003。

ThismeansthatXPcustomersandpartnerswillnolongerreceivesecurityupdatesorbeabletotakeadvantageoftechsupportfromMicrosoft。

Itstheendofanera,butforbusinessesthatstillhavePCsrunningWindowsXPandOffice2003,itsalsoanopportunitytomaketheirITmoresecure,mobileandproductiveandtomeetthedemandsofthemodernworker。

MovingawayfromWindowsXPtoamoremodernplatforminWindows7andWindows8willreadyyourITinfrastructureforfuturetechnologysolutionsandgrowthofyourcompany,saysErwinVisser,generalmanager,WindowsCommercialinaWindowsforyourBusinessblogposttoday。

Windows8isthemodernOSformodernbusinesses,buildingonWindows7fundamentalssuchasspeed,reliabilityandenhancedsecurity,whilecreatingamodernplatformdesignedforanewgenerationofhardwareoptions。

Itsaprocessthatcantaketime,butitsalsoonethatcangetmoreexpensiveforprocrastinators。

LastMay,initswhitepaperentitledMitigatingRisk:WhyStickingwithWindowsXPisaBadIdea,IDCfoundthelongeracompanywaits,thepriciersupportingWindowsXPislikelytoget:ITlaborcostscouldgoup25percentinthefourthyearofcontinuingtorunWindowsXPpastnextApril。

Inthefifthyear,ITlaborincreasesbyanadditional29percent。

Althoughtheresadownsidetowaiting,NickParker,corporatevicepresidentofMicrosoftsOEMDivision,saystheupsideofupgradingisequallycompelling:Fromahardwareperspective,thebenefitsofupgradingtoaWindows8deviceareveryrealforbusinesscustomers,withnewtouchcapabilities,tabletandconvertibleformfactors,all-daybattery,increasedperformancewiththelatestprocessors,TPMchipsforenterprisesecurity,sensors,styluspensandHDcameras。

OneofthebiggestcasesforamodernPCisenhancedsecurity。

Asthesecuritylandscapecontinuestochangeandnewthreatscometofruitioneveryday,protectingsensitivecustomerdataandIPagainstthesethreatsisanimperative。

AlthoughMicrosoftwilldiscontinuesecuritypatchesforWindowsXPnextyear,Windows8containsthelatesthardwaresecurity-enhancedfeaturesandsoftwareenhancementstohelpcompaniesstaysafe,alongwithfeaturessuchasBitLockerandBitLockertoGotoencryptinformationstoredoncompanydevicesnomatterwheretheyare。

Forcompaniesthatneedtheutmostinsecurity,somemanufacturershaveevencoupledhardwareenhancementswithWindows8security-enhancedfeatures。

TheDellLatitude10tabletandHPEliteBookFolio9470mUltrabookbothofferanoptionalbuilt-infingerprintandsmartcardreadercomboforbiometricaccesscontrolandauthentication。

Since2006,manyPCsarealsoequippedwithaTrustedPlatformModule(TPM)securitychip,atechnologythatwasnotreadilyavailablewhenWindowsXPwasfirstreleasedin2001。

TheTPMchipallowsdatatostayencryptedandletsnetworkscheckdeviceintegrityanddecidewhethertoassignfulltrust。

AmodernPCcanalsohelpworkersbemoreproductive。

AccordingtoForresterResearchsFebruary2013MobileWorkforceAdoptionTrendsReport,29percentoftheglobalworkforceischaracterizedasanytime,anywhereinformationworkersthosewhousethreeormoredevices,workfrommultiplelocations,andusemanyapps。

Thisisnumberhasrisenfrom23percentoftheglobalworkforcein2011andwillcontinuetorise;Forresterpredictsthat905milliontabletswillbeinuseatworkandhomegloballyby2017。

Parkerencouragescompaniestokeepupwiththesetrendsandoutfitworkerswithmoderndevices。

Modernusersdemandtechnologiesthatfittheirpersonalworkstyleandallowthemtostayproductivevirtuallyanytime,anywhere,whilebusinesseshaveanever-increasingneedtoprotectdataandhelpensuresecurity,complianceandmanageability,Parkersays。

WeworkverycloselywithourOEMstodesigndevicesthatdelivertheserequirementsandabreadthofchoice。

ForcompaniesthathaveworkersconstantlytravelingandvaluethinandlightPCstoworkfromvirtuallyanywhere,theASUSZenbookTouchUX31A,withits178-degreeviewingangleandhigh-definition,In-PlaneSwitchingtouchdisplay,ortheSonyVAIODuo11,whichcombinesatouchscreenconvertiblewithakeyboardandstylus,arejustacoupleofexamplesofnewdevicesavailableforWindows8Pro。

Othercompaniesmayneeddurabilityorversatility。

Newproducts,suchastheLenovoThinkPadX1CarbonTouchwithcarbonfiberconstructionandBIOSencryption,canoffergreatperformanceandenhancedsecurityinaruggedpackage。

TheThinkPadX1CarbonTouchisultralight,ultradurableandultraresponsive,thankstoacapacitivetouchpanelthatyieldsincredibleresponsetimeto10-fingertouch。

Others,suchastheAcerIconiaW700P,allowemployeestotackleanytaskwithease,frompicturestoWebbrowsingtospreadsheets。

The178-degreeviewingangle,10-pointtouchcontrolandcradleallowforanyperspective:portraitforviewingpicturesorreading,landscapeat20degreesforcomfortabletouchcontrol,orlandscapeat70degreesfornotebook-styleviewingandkeyboardproductivity。

Sincemigratingtoanewplatformcantakesubstantialplanningandtimetotestanddeployacrossbusinesses,VisserrecommendsthatthosethathaventyetstartedtheirmigrationprocessneedtobeginassoonaspossibletoensurethattheymeettheApril8,2014,deadline。

ThegoodnewsisthathighWindows8compatibilitywithWindows7makesitpossibleforcompaniestohaveacustomadoptionpaththatworksforthem,bringinginWindows8fortargetedscenariossidebysidewithWindows7intheirenvironment。

CompaniesinthemiddleofWindows7deploymentsorconsideringahardwarerefreshshouldalsolookatareasintheirorganizationwhereitmakessensetogettouch-supportedhardware,sothatastheymovetoWindows8theyaresetuptotakeadvantageofthefulltouchexperiencethenewOSdelivers。