We have talked about Windows 8 editions earlier. While many people thought that there will be three editions of Windows 8 but we had reported that four editions of Windows 8 would be released. The missing edition for many was Windows 8 Enterprise. Microsoft did not reveal much about what will be included in Windows 8 Enterprise.
Today Microsoft has revealed some details about the enterprise edition of Windows 8. Windows 8 Enterprise will include all the features of Windows 8 Pro and additional features that will be beneficial for organizations for centralized management of the computers. Some key features that will be included in Windows 8 Enterprise edition will be the following: (These features will be the key difference between Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions)
- Windows To Go enables network administrators to install Windows 8 on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will be bootable and the user can run Windows 8 on any PC. This is the concept of portability in Windows 8 Enterprise edition.
- DirectAccess is a new alternative to VPN network. DirectAccess allows remote users to seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network without using a VPN connection. This technology can be implemented with the existing IPv4 infrastructure.
- BranchCache allows users’ PCs to cache files, websites, and other content from central servers, so content is not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN). When used with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 brings several improvements to BranchCache to streamline the deployment process, optimize bandwidth over WAN connections and ensure better security and scalability.
- AppLocker can help mitigate issues by restricting the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run.
- VDI enhancements: Enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012, provide users with a rich desktop experience with 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.
- New Windows 8 App Deployment: Domain joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8 Enterprise will automatically be enabled to side-load internal, Windows 8 Metro style apps.
Please note that this is not the complete list of features but just a few features that will be included in Windows 8 Enterprise. All these features will not be included in Windows 8 Pro.
See the Microsoft business development blog for more details about these features.