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Windows 8.1 making changes to make BYOD possible

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:17 pm
by DaFoxx
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Everyone has weighed in on Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update due at the end of the month, but few have highlighted the finer points of this significant update. Personally, I see Windows 8.1 as the new business operating system for desktop computing. Microsoft has listened to its critics and has made some super improvements on its much-beleagured new operating system.

Some of the more exciting improvements come in the form of BYOD enhancements. I believe that it is these features that will propel Windows 8.x onto corporate desktop systems and out of critical oblivion.

Excerpt from Stephen L. Rose's Springboard Blog on

B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) Enhancements

Workplace Join – A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing access, allowing a user to work on the device of their choice and still have access to corporate resources. With Workplace Join, IT administrators now have the ability to offer finer-grained control to corporate resources. If a user registers their device, IT can grant some access while still enforcing some governance parameters on the device to ensure the security of corporate assets.

Work Folders - Work Folders allows a user to sync data to their device from their user folder located in the corporation’s data center. Files created locally will sync back to the file server in the corporate environment. This syncing is natively integrated into the file system. Note, this all happens outside the firewall client sync support. Previously, Windows 8 devices needed to be domain joined (or required domain credentials) for access to file shares. Syncing could be done with 3rd party folder replication apps. With Work Folders, Users can keep local copies of their work files on their devices, with automatic synchronization to your data center, and for access from other devices. IT can enforce Dynamic Access Control policies on the Work Folder Sync Share (including automated Rights Management) and require Workplace Join to be in place.

Open MDM- While many organizations have investments with System Center and will continue to leverage these investments we also know that many organizations want to manage certain classes of devices, like tablets and BYOD devices, as mobile devices. With Windows 8.1, you can use an OMA-DM API agent to allow management of Windows 8.1 devices with mobile device management products, like Mobile Iron or Air Watch .

NFC tap-to-pair printing – Tap your Windows 8.1 device against an NFC-enabled printer and you’re all set to print without hunting on your network for the correct printer. You also don’t need to buy new printers to take advantage of this; you can simply put an NFC tag on your existing printers to enable this functionality.

Wi-Fi Direct printing – Connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1 device, forming a peer-to-peer network between your device and any Wi-Fi enabled printer.
•Native Miracast wireless display – Present your work wirelessly with no connection cords or dongles needed; just pair with project to a Miracast-enabled projector through Bluetooth or NFC and Miracast will use Wi-Fi to let you project wire-free.

Mobile Device Management - When a user enrolls their device, they are joining the device to the Windows Intune management service. They get access to the Company Portal which provides a consistent experience for access to their applications, data and to manage their own devices. This allows a deeper management experience with existing tools like Windows Intune. IT administrators now have more comprehensive policy management for Windows RT devices, and can manage Windows 8.1 PCs as mobile devices without having to deploy a full management client.

Web Application Proxy - The Web Application Proxy is a new role service in the Windows Server Remote Access role. It provides the ability to publish access to corporate resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as apply conditional access policies to verify both the user’s identity and the device they are using resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as verify the device being used before access is granted.

RDS Enhancements - Enhanced VDI in Server 2012 R2 which delivers improvements in Management, Value, and User Experience. Session Shadowing allows Admins to view and remotely control active user sessions in an RDSH server. Diskdedupe and storage tiering allow for lower cost storage options. User experience for RemoteApps, network connectivity and multiple display support has been improved. Administrators can now easily support users with session desktops to provide helpdesk style support. Administrators now have even more flexible storage options to support a VDI environment without expensive SAN investments. End users will find RemoteApp behavior is more like local apps, and the experience in low-bandwidth is better, with faster reconnects and improved compression, and support for multiple monitors.

Two of the more exciting enhancements in this area are the mobile device management (MDM) features and Work Folders. The MDM features will make it easier for companies to integrate user-owned Windows devices into their networks. Work Folders will obviate the need for often banned or frowned upon applications like Dropbox within corporate walls. This feature is a much needed one for companies that allow or foster BYOD scenarios. I hope that Microsoft will continue to improve upon this fledgling feature to include some advanced security and user-defined particulars.

Re: Windows 8.1 making changes to make BYOD possible

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:15 am
by DaFoxx
reading through this again, and it now strikes me I have been looking at W8 as an IT WORKER
the TV ads here in UK are VERY swish, with massive touch enabled screens and a highly immersive environment on show

and THAT is going to be VERY impressive from ANY angle

but it doesn't cut it for the enterprise where they require media creation, not consumption

BUT the tools above are a way to allow for W8 to become all things for all people, and if BYOD is to be a practical - from a security perspective - issue, then if the users DO adopt W8 and also start to use MS tablets / mobiles - the sys/admin CAN lock then down with standard GP and no new fangled learning curve giving them [L]users time to feck it all up

however time will tell

Re: Windows 8.1 making changes to make BYOD possible

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:22 am
by DaFoxx
and now just read this :-
Apple, the iPhone, and the enterprise: What does the future hold?

have high lighted the bits that caught my eye ... 000016854/
The launch of the iPhone and iPad coincided with, and perhaps even initiated, the bring your own device trend. Apple's smartphones, and then its tablets, flooded into the office environment, and the IT department could do little to stem that tide.

According to figures from analysts IDC, around 31 million iPhones were sold directly to business last year, 37 million to workers (and 79 million to consumers). There's no doubt the business handset market is small, but it's still an important one to Apple.

iPhones and iPads became business favorites because of their popularity as consumer devices and CIOs had little alternative but to accept the situation.

That means, perhaps unexpectedly, Apple has managed to sell its hardware to enterprise without talking very much to the people who used to make the buying decisions: the CIO and the IT department. From a certain point of view, Apple's dominance of enterprise mobility is accidental, or at least, a mere side effect of its consumer success.

That's both a strength, and a weakness. It's a strength, because it means Apple can sell to businesses but doesn't really have to care too deeply about what the CIO wants, and thus feels no obligation to support turgid enterprise capabilities at the expense of hip consumer flourishes.

But it's also a weakness because it means that a big chunk of Apple's grip on the enterprise is dependent on the whims of consumers, which is too fickle a base.

How deeply entrenched is Apple in the enterprise really? It's something that we're recently explored in ZDNet's Great Debate, and it's an issue that may become more pressing over the next year or two.

Six years is a long time in technology, and that's how long since the original iPhone was unveiled. Admittedly it has taken most of those six years but Apple's rivals have finally woken up to the threat of the iPhone, and caught up too, finally delivering high-end smartphones that people might actually want to use.

Getting workers to fall in love with the iPhone was Apple's route into the enterprise, but Apple needs to talk to the CIO if it wants to stay there. And it could be that if the consumer cachet of the iPhone begins to fade, Apple will want to woo the CIO some more, especially is there's something of a backlash against BYOD and management start to take a stronger line on the types of handsets that are allowed to access business systems.

Apple needs to make friends with the IT department and give them more tools and more support, especially around cost, to make Apple's devices part of the beating heart of their business.

Apple has a good story for enterprise, it just needs to tell it more, and break down some of the negative perception that has grown up around it. As one tech chief told me last year, you shouldn't underestimate the level of frustration tech professionals have with some of Apple's integration with the enterprise: the feeling Apple is hard to work with is something that Apple's rivals will be hoping to exploit over the next year.

Microsoft, don't forget, already has a two big supporters in the enterprise: the CIO and the IT department. IT departments like the idea of a set of technologies that can integrate with their existing systems, that they have the skills to support and that their users will understand: this translates into a ready market for Windows 8 tablets and laptops, and potentially for Windows Phone devices too.While mobility is where all the excitement and most of the money is, Microsoft's decades-long domination of the enterprise desktop means that it still has huge momentum when it comes to PCs and tablets, even if its execution around the latter has been poor until now.

Some might argue that Microsoft's execution still needs a bit of work — Surface, for example, hasn't been an enormous hit so far, but could turn into a grower. And if Surface finds its feet and consumers fall in love with some of Nokia's high-end devices, things could look very different very quickly in the enterprise.

Re: Windows 8.1 making changes to make BYOD possible

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:34 pm
by DaFoxx
Microsoft rolls out Office Mobile for iPhone ... 000016846/

Summary: Microsoft is rolling out a small-screen optimized version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPhone users who subscribe to Office 365.

but further to the above, Office IS the cash cow for MS, which IMHO is why we are going to have the enterprise full of MS kit for the foreseeable future - so it MAY have released a version for the iPhone, but I wont hold my breath waiting for a fully functioning FULL iPad varient :P
Microsoft is making a mobile version of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint products available for iPhone users via its Office 365 subscription plan.

The roll-out begins starting June 14 in the U.S., with additional availability in 135 additional markets and 29 languages to follow next week. The Office Mobile for iPhone suite is available in the Apple app store.

The Office Mobile for iPhone suite is very much like the Office Mobile suite that Microsoft preloads on Windows Phone, meaning it is optimized for the editing, viewing and creation of Word and Excel documents. (Microsoft has offered OneNote for the iPhone since 2011.) While the new Office Mobile for iPhone suite can be used at 2X resolution on iPads, it is not optimized for that platform, Microsoft officials said.

"This is very much optimized for small screens," said Chris Schneider, Marketing Manager with Microsoft's Office Division. He said Microsoft's guidance for users who want Microsoft Office on the iPad remains that they should use Office Web Apps — the versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that Microsoft has optimized for use in a variety of Web browsers.