It's a big day for IT folk the world over: Microsoft has just announced the release of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview. Alright - I might have been a little sarcastic there, but for those who either have already or plan to deploy Windows 8 in the near-future, this preview is going to be worth checking out.
The enterprise edition of 8.1 bundles in all of the enhancements we discussed at length last month, which includes the much-improved Start Screen, a more accurate search, a Start button (but no Start Menu), a quicker way to shutdown / restart, the much-liked "Boot to Desktop" option and et cetera. To better cater this edition to the enterprise, however, a handful of other tools are tossed onto the pile:
Other niche features include Assigned Access (ability to restrict the device to a single Modern UI application), Inbox VPN clients, OpenMDM, workplace join and remote business data removal (once data is stored to a local server, it could be remotely deleted from the mobile device).
It's worth noting that those considering Windows 8 can feel rest-assured that Microsoft will be supporting it for some time to come; January 10, 2023, to be exact. Will the Start Menu return by then? We have a lot of time to speculate.
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