Over the past few weeks, we’ve been writing a lot about our excitement about the launch of Windows 8 for government. We’ve also shared an early look at our partners’ thoughts on the launch and the opportunities that our new operating system (OS) has in store for our partner community. So, now that the launch is underway, you’re probably wondering: How are governments actually using Windows 8, and how is it being received so far? That’s what I’d like to share with you today.
At a recent Windows 8 launch event in London, we showcased a long list of early adopters who have already made the move to Windows 8 and are seeing firsthand the extent of what’s possible. Two examples that stand out are Poste Italiane, the leading operator of postal services in Italy, and the Dutch Public Prosecution Services, a national organization of state prosecutors in the Netherlands. I believe that each organization’s experience with Windows 8 illustrates something unique about what our new OS offers the public sector.
One of the greatest strengths of Windows 8 is its focus on delivering an exceptional consumer experience on any type of device, from any location, while meeting the standards of an enterprise-grade solution. For Poste Italiane, the organization wanted to offer its employees greater flexibility to conduct their work from any device, as well as have access to mobile productivity solutions delivered via apps. After making the move to Windows 8, Poste Italiane was able to significantly increase the mobility of its workforce. Today, employees easily can update networks in real time, connect to printers, run point-of-sale applications and more—all from their mobile devices. In addition, the organization has already started leveraging several business apps for Windows 8. You can read more about it on our Windows for your Business blog.
Another great feature about Windows 8 is that it provides a solution that is not only compelling enough to meet the needs of government workers, but also meets the toughest security requirements of government IT management. What’s unique about Windows 8 is that it brings security into the actual devices that run it, making security a foundational aspect of the new OS. Through features like Secure Boot and BitLocker, Microsoft is moving to a more innovative security model that extends beyond encryption and two-factor authentication.
This was very important to the Dutch Public Prosecution Services, which handles sensitive data on a regular basis. The organization turned to Windows 8 to ensure its data would be safe and is already seeing great results. Through the use of Windows 8 BitLocker, the Dutch Public Prosecution Services is leveraging the solution’s built-in security, meaning that its data is more resistant to viruses and malware, and apps can let workers remain productive and secure no matter where they are working.
To learn more about these customers, I invite you to check out my colleague Erwin Visser’s post on the Windows for your Business blog.
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