Microsoft has touted the benefits of using Windows 8 to enhance mobile working, as the firm attempts to convince IT admins and enterprise users that the operating system will meet their needs.
Speaking at CeBIT in Germany, Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, said Windows 8 will allow firms to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies within the workplace, without compromising security.
Senior director of Windows at Microsoft, Erwin Visser, also took the stage to demonstrate key features including "Windows to Go" that aims to enhancing mobile productivity.
Windows to Go allows business users to carry around a full corporate copy of Windows 8 on a USB stick. Users can use it to boot a personalised version of Windows 8 onto any machine.
Visser demonstrated this feature by putting a USB in a Windows 7 ultrabook and turning it into a Windows 8 machine.
He also tried to allay security fears associated with Windows to Go, noting that all data is wiped when the USB is disconnected for longer than a minute. This was shown on stage when he pulled out the USB stick while a movie was playing.
Adding in a blog post, Visser said this technology would help businesses meet the growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.
"IT departments can provision Windows To Go, a fully managed corporate Windows 8 desktop on an external USB drive that a user can boot from any PC available at work, at home, or just about any location, with or without connectivity," he said.
"It's like having your secure corporate PC in your pocket. And this means employees will be able to do things like travel light without sacrificing productivity."
Visser also demonstrated the Metro user interface and the picture password unlock, although he did note that traditional password entry will still be available and is required when booting Windows to Go.
It remains to be seen whether the Metro-style interface Windows 8 will attract users or whether they prefer the traditional desktop user interface on PCs.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available to download now and all apps are available to download for free during this time.
V3 recently put together a hands-on review with Windows 8 and although features are impressive, it could that users will take time to get used to the Metro user interface.
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