Update to Windows 8.1 for BYOD Benefits

Are you still using Windows 7 and trying to avoid the update to Windows 8.1? Maybe this is the current situation for your home computer, but there is a good chance your work (and personal) computer will soon be operating on Windows 8.1 platform.

Several workplaces are embracing Windows 8.1 for its state-of-the-art functionality and sleek design. More so, Windows 8.1 provides several features that are designed to support the growing number of computing devices, including devices owned by employees. In recent years, companies have been experimenting with a new concept called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). In a workplace that promotes BYOD, employees bring their personal devices to work and use them to accomplish professional tasks.

Will BYOD be a common business practice in the near future? Some CIOs and top decision makers say yes. And with the seamless accessibility of Windows 8.1, it seems Microsoft thinks BYOD is the way of the future, too.

Here are some Windows 8.1 features that promote BYOD workplaces:

Update to Windows 8.1 for Workplace Join

Workplace Join allows administrators to grant access to corporate resources from personally owned devices. Workplace Join registers devices in Active Directory and allows single sign on access to corporate resources.

Update to Windows 8.1 for Work Folders

Work Folders allows a user to synchronize data to their personal device from their user folder located on a shared folder on a Windows Server 2012 R2 file server. Files created locally on their device are synchronized back to the file server.

Update to Windows 8.1 for Web Application Proxy

The Web Application Proxy provides the ability to publish access to corporate resources, like web applications and Work Folders, and enforce multi-factor authentication. You can also apply conditional access policies to verify the user’s identity and the device they are using to access resources.

Update to Windows 8.1 for Remote Business Data Removal

Remote Business Data Removal allows file flagging to classify the differences between corporate files and user files on a user’s personal device. This ensures that a remote wipe will not eliminate user-owned information while securing corporate data. You can also choose to just make the data inaccessible instead of performing a complete removal and remotely encrypt files.

An update to Windows 8.1 can benefit companies as they move towards a BYOD workplace. If you are interested in moving to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Directions Training can help make this a smooth transition. Here is a course you may want to explore:

Microsoft Windows 8 Transition from Windows 7 | https://www.directionstraining.com/sites/default/files/course/outline/Directions-Training-Microsoft-Windows-8-Transition-from-Windows-7-1183.pdf

If you are interested in this course, click here to begin designing a custom fit training plan: https://www.directionstraining.com/customizeit.

Other Microsoft 8.1 courses include:

Configuring Windows 8.1 | https://www.directionstraining.com/course/basic/1027

Supporting Windows 8.1 | https://www.directionstraining.com/course/basic/1028


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