Use Windows 8 to:
Support Bring Your Own PC scenarios and business tablet options.
Provide a more productive environment for mobile and remote workers.
Give employees more secure access to their full corporate environment across devices.
Available exclusively to Microsoft Software Assurance customers, Windows 8 Enterprise offers premium features designed to help meet the mobile productivity, security, manageability, and virtualization needs of today’s businesses.
Before you use:
Get to know Windows 8 Enterprise
Some key features available exclusively to Windows 8 Enterprise customers include:
Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. With Windows To Go use rights, employees can use Windows To Go on any device licensed with Software Assurance.
DirectAccess enables seamless access to corporate networks, while helping to maintain policy compliance, which can be implemented with the existing IPv4 infrastructure. Windows 8, along with Windows Server 2012, brings several improvements to BranchCache to streamline the deployment process and speed up branch office workers’ access to corporate files.
VDI enhancements provide a rich desktop experience. With enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012, users can play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals, and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) scenarios.
AppLocker can help mitigate issues by restricting the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run.
Windows 8 App Deployment enables automatic sideloading of Windows 8 apps on domain-joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8 Enterprise.
When you use:
Take advantage of new use rights with Windows 8 Enterprise to help employees stay connected to their data, apps, and other people while working with a range of devices.
Windows To Go Use Rights allows employees to use Windows To Go on any company PC licensed with Windows Software Assurance as well as from their home PC.
Windows RT Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Rights extends Windows RT use rights to allow access to a full VDI image running in the datacenter, when used as a companion of a Windows Software Assurance licensed PC, which makes Windows RT a great complementary tablet option for business customers.
Windows Companion Device License (CDL) is an optional add-on license for users of Windows Software Assurance licensed PCs. It provides rights to access a corporate desktop either through VDI or Windows To Go on up to four personally owned devices, making this an ideal choice for customers who want to provide full flexibility for how employees access their corporate desktop across devices.
Enterprise Sideloading of Windows 8 Apps offers the necessary use rights and product keys required to enable deployment of custom line-of-business Windows 8 apps directly to Windows 8 Pro or Windows RT devices.