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What Windows 10 means for the enterprise

Woody Leonhard | Oct. 2, 2014
Microsoft's first glimpse of Windows 10 packs plenty of intrigue regarding its future impact on IT.

"With Windows 10, customers will be able to use MDM to manage all of their Windows devices -- not just the phones and tablets, but PCs, phones, tablets, industrial Internet of things devices -- consistently, through one MDM interface," Myerson said. "Windows 10 has a very novel approach of separating corporate and personal data across all the devices and protecting the corporate data wherever it goes, whether it's on a BYOD device or on a managed device within the enterprise."

We'll see. Microsoft offers few details as to how MDM and data protection will play out in the tough but inevitable union of mobile and PC management, though it had previously given InfoWorld a glimpse of its thinking.

Alkove offered more promises -- but no details -- including "in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete."

Along the same vein, "With Windows 10 we are able to provide an additional layer of protection using containers and data separation at the application and file level -- enabling protection that follows the data wherever it goes. Whether the data moves from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, email or the cloud -- it maintains the same level of protection," Alkove said.

If you're concerned about the fast-paced update treadmill that's due to arrive with Windows 10, Alkove promises, "Businesses will be able to opt in to the fast-moving consumer pace, or lock down mission-critical environments to receive only security and critical updates to their systems. And businesses will have an in-between option for systems that aren't mission critical but need to keep pace with the latest innovations without disrupting the flow of business. And the choice isn't one or the other for businesses; we expect that most will require a mixed approach where a number of scenarios can be accommodated." 

Windows 10 high points for users: Start menu, Snap Assist, multiple desktops
Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, gave a short demo of Windows 10 Build 9841 (a trimmed version of his demo is available on YouTube). If you've been following my discussions of Build 9834 and Build 9841, some of the leaked features appear to be in the Belfiore demo. I say "some" because the demo covered a small fraction of the features we've come to expect.

A word of warning: Enterprise devs will be disappointed to know that Internet Explorer 12 wasn't in the presentation and likely won't be in the Windows Technical Preview (which may or may not be Build 9841). I guess IE12 is, in Belfiore's words, a "fanciful, end-user feature."


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