Microsoft has claimed that its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system will provide the foundations for a new raft of devices that businesses have been crying out for, such as ruggerdised tablets.
Erwin Visser, a Windows product marketing executive at Microsoft, said that the Windows 8 would bring tablets, ultrabooks, and all-in-ones that were designed for enterprise use.
These include ruggedised tablets designed for extreme outdoor use and ones that could be sterilised for use in hospitals.
“These will be the tablets that the enterprise has been waiting for,” he said during a discussion with journalists.
Visser also heralded the enterprise capabilities of the new breed of Windows RT ARM-based devices that will accompany the release of Windows 8.
Firms with large numbers of staff working in the field are desperate for thin, light and long-lasting devices that will now be possible with Windows running on ARM processors, said Visser.
However, Visser accepted that while WinRT would run all the apps available through the Windows Store, it was inevitable there would be some compatibility issues with some older Windows 7-based applications.
In these cases, users would be able to access these business-critical applications via remote desktop services, with the applications hosted in a datacentre.
“This enables WinRT users who need access to Windows 7 applications a means to access them completely transparently,” he said.
Visser also touted the security and usability features built in to Windows 8, with its Windows to Go feature.
Windows to Go enables users to boot a corporate desktop image from an encrypted USB stick, enabling them to use all manner of devices securely.
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