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Windows 8 For Business IT - What Are Your Thoughts?

by icomputerdenver / July 30, 2013 2:55 PM PDT

Windows 8 advocates maintain that the new operating system will increase user flexibility and productivity while lowering business IT costs at the same time. Critics of Windows 8 say that it does not offer business IT any added benefits and that the new interface can be confusing to users, requiring time for training.

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First thought? Drinking the Kool Aid.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2013 8:01 AM PDT

Part of the trouble begins when you made such a departure from the prior versions is that you incur re-training costs for the users.

You also run into Microsoft's marketing staff that may write over and over that it's more this or that. I have two answers for this area and at first they seem to contradict each other but the smart money is not get bogged down and keep going.

1. The market voted and Windows 8 sales have been propped up by force. Let's not even talk about Windows 8 RT sales. No one I know bought one.

2. At the office we use Windows 8 among other versions without ANY big issue.

Of course we installed Classic Shell and got back to work. But my big question is why didn't Microsoft scoop that up and get back to work?

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The only advantage to 8 is it's more current
by wpgwpg / July 31, 2013 8:19 AM PDT

There's nothing in the new "Modern" (aka Metro) stuff that is worth wasting time on. It's buggy and only runs in full screen mode. The old stuff that works with Windows 7 still works with Windows 8 in 99% of the cases. They have removed the desktop games, XP Mode, and the gadgets FWIW. As Bob says, you want to get something like Classic Start to maximize compatibility and minimize the training needs. If you're buying business computers, you can still get them with Windows 7 from the likes of Dell, Asus, HP, and probably others as well.
Good luck.

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Well MS released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview recently
by orlbuckeye / July 31, 2013 9:43 PM PDT

People over emphasize the training part of WIndows 8 in the Corporate world. The corporate world uses the computer to run the business software and access to all else can be controlled. The key to the business world is the software. A person uses the software and should ONLY use Windows to execute the software. Onther then that the user will probablr need a email client and a browser. The home user is completely different since they will be the administrators of their own devices. IT will require training but they are continually getting training because IT changes daily.

1. Windows to Go tool - allows admins to create fully bootable Windows drives allowing employees to port their desktops from PC to PC.

2. Cirect Access which allows users to connect to corporate resources without using VPN

3. Branch Cache - frequently accessed data can be cached in branch offices insted needing to download data.
4. VDI - allows users remotely render graphic and to use touch devices and USB peripherals without a powerful local client.
5. (IMPORTANT) - Apps can be side loaded onto PC and applications locked down allowing user to only run apps allowed by the administrators.
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