What’s new with Windows 8.1 Enterprise?

Windows 8.1 Enterprise builds on Windows 8.1 Pro, adding premium features designed to address mobility, security, management and virtualization needs of today’s enterprise.

Here are the premium features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition:

  • Windows To Go

    IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security.

  • Start Screen Control

    IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company.

  • DirectAccess

    Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely without having to launch a separate VPN. Also, IT administrators can keep remote users' PCs up-to-date by applying the latest policies and software updates.

  • BranchCache

    Employees in branch offices no longer need to download content multiple times across their Wide Area Network (WAN) as BranchCache caches files, websites and other content from central servers locally on hosted cache servers or PCs.

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

    Users will enjoy a rich desktop experience and the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios, thanks to enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012.

  • AppLocker

    IT organizations can create a more secure environment by restricting the files and apps that users or groups can run on a PC, increasing the security of the device and the data it holds.

  • Windows Enterprise Side-Loading

    Internal Windows apps can be side-loaded on domain-joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

For a more extended list of the new business features, check out the list available here. We encourage customers to start testing the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview now! Customers can find more information, technical guidance and best practices for deployment planning on the Springboard Blog for IT Professionals.