Windows 8 - Read the fine print
(Posted on behalf of Atul Kumar)
Much has been said about the adoption of Windows 8 by enterprises. There is no doubt that Windows 8 is a brilliant platform and comes with a multitude of stunning features. However, every time a new operating system comes into the market, the first question you ask is "what about system requirements?" Or "do I need to get rid of my PC?"
While most operating systems do not require a major hardware overhaul, Windows 8 is packed with features that are likely to necessitate changes. And, if you are migrating from an older version - Windows XP, the entire hardware stack may need to be upgraded.
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 can all be upgraded to Windows 8, but there is a limit on how much hardware can be carried forward. Essentially, enterprises that are on Windows 7 can take off for Windows 8 any time, but it is recommended that the hardware should have higher specifications to run additional programs effectively and to provide a better user experience.
This article from Microsoft, explains in detail, the system requirements for Windows 8. Windows 8 is the first operating system with the ability to support mobile computing in an enterprise environment. This is a significant achievement for organizations dealing with the increasing infiltration of mobile computing and employee owned devices in the workplace as it will enable them to standardize their operating environment. One of the key issues inhibiting the adoption of enterprise mobility has been the lack of a standard operating environment that would allow organizations to control the environment. And the launch of Windows 8 offers a way to integrate traditional desktop and mobile computing in the enterprise.
However, there are several inconspicuous requirements and recommendations that one should be aware of. For instance, there are major changes in the licensing norms for Windows 8 for virtual machines as per Microsoft's Purchase Use Rights (PUR) document. This will impact the licensing costs associated with Windows 8.
In the paper titled -'Is your IT Infrastructure ready for Windows 8?' we explore six important considerations to evaluate the readiness the IT infrastructure for the move to Windows 8. The article can be accessed here.