Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Reflects the Growing Trend of Working Remotely

Microsoft unleashed Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview today. The early look at the enterprise version of Windows 8.1 follows the release of Windows 8.1 Preview at Microsoft’s BUILD conference last month, and includes a variety of tools that show Microsoft’s commitment to both BYOD and virtualization.

Aside from the slew of changes and enhancements in the regular Windows 8.1 Preview edition, Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview also includes features uniquely designed for business customers. Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview adds business-friendly elements like Direct Acess, and BranchCache. It also provides IT admins with the power to configure and lock down the Start screen on Windows 8 clients.

Microsoft also has tools in Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview to help out with BYOD and virtualization: Windows To Go, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Windows To Go lets the company put an entire managed Windows 8 desktop environment on a bootable USB thumb drive, and VDI gives the business the tools to enable users to use critical business software from virtually any Internet-connected device.

One of the hottest trends in business technology today is mobility and working remotely. The driving forces behind working remotely are the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend and virtualization.

More and more companies are embracing BYOD and allowing (or requiring) employees to provide their own PCs and mobile devices. BYOD can be a cost-cutting measure for the company, because the employee is taking on some (or all) of the burden of purchasing the PC. BYOD enables users to be more productive and have higher job satisfaction because they get to use the hardware they prefer, and are more comfortable with.

BYOD also introduces some unique concerns, though, when it comes to enforcing policies and protecting company data. Regardless of its benefits, companies can’t just let employees connect rogue computers to the network, or store sensitive company data on a personal PC without any protection. The nice thing about Windows To Go is that it turns any Windows 7 or Windows 8 device into a managed Windows 8 PC without installing any additional software, or putting the personal applications or data of the employee at risk.

Another factor in working remotely is virtualization. Whether hosted locally or in the cloud,virtual servers allow the company to maximize the value from its investment in hardware, and adapt quickly to changing demand or business needs. From an endpoint perspective, virtual applications, or virtual desktop are more valuable. A virtual desktop infrastructure like in Windows

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HP EliteBook Revolve 810, “Tablet-Laptop” for Businessman

Hewlett-Packard (HP) launched a convertible, a device that combines the concept of tablet and notebook in one package, called the HP EliteBook latest Revolve 810, Wednesday (24/07/2013).

Different from most of the convertibles that are circulating in the market these days, HP is targeting sales of products for businesses.

According to Cynthia Defjan, MDM Business Notebook HP Indonesia, EliteBook Revolve 810 comes as a device for business people who are armed with a variety of features that can not be found in consumer grade devices.

For example, a joint product between tablet and notebook is equipped with a safety feature called HP Client Security. Using these features, users can protect the devices at every layer, including hardware, software, and BIOS.

In addition, security is also installed Microsoft Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials and also the certified TPM security chip for data encryption.

“This device is targeted to enterprise-class. We make a difference in terms of manageability and security,” said Cynthia in Jakarta.

Another added value, HP also designed the device for resilient or resistant to impact. One way is to use artificial Corning Gorilla Glass screen. By using this screen, the device anti-scratch and impact.

Together with the convertible devices in general, the display of the EliteBook Revolve 810 can be rotated up to 360 degrees. To go into tablet mode, the screen rotated and folded enough.

“This is a business tablet that can be converted into a device with notebook performance. It is a tablet that comes with a keyboard,” said Defjan.

Because these devices into the enterprise, there is no standard specification defined by HP. Those who are interested can modify or order in accordance with the wishes of each.

The screen spans 11.6 inches with a brightness level of 400 nits. Available processors ranging from Intel Core Sandy Bridge generation of three to four generations of Haswell.

For the storage media, this product has up to 256 GB SSD option. He is also equipped with a camera, backlit keyboard, and NFC chip.

Operating system supplied is Windows 8. However, for companies that are not yet ready to switch to the operating system, HP provides the operating system Windows 7.

HP EliteBook Revolve 810 already ordered directly through HP. Cheapest price of this device is approximately USD 17 million.

Former Apple CEO Advises to Stop Producing BlackBerry Hardware

Former Apple CEO John Sculley gives important advice to the BlackBerry. In a statement, he said that BlackBerry should change its strategy and stop producing hardware.

Sculley, who served as CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993 said that BlackBerry should focus on developing a secure messaging applications. He also believes that by developing it, the BlackBerry can be developed and can be equated himself with the world renowned brands like BMW.

John Sculley himself known as a user of BlackBerry products. Even more recently, this time he’s using new products from BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Q10.

BlackBerry itself is still struggling in the smartphone market. Although they’ve launched a new smartphone such as a BlackBerry Z10, Q10 or Q5, a Canadian company that still has not been able to raise significantly the BlackBerry name.

Microsoft still has ‘a way to go’ in determining its market for Windows 8, says Network Rail

Microsoft has “a bit of a way to go” in determining which market it is targeting for Windows 8, even though the operating system has now been on the market for over a year, Network Rail’s head of information systems strategy Simon Goodman has told Computing.

Goodman praised Microsoft’s early entries into hybrid-led technology via Windows 8, saying there was definitely “a need” for hybrid notebook-tablets, and that this was something Network Rail had “explored internally”.

“We’ve already looked at Surface-based devices,” confirmed Goodman.

“It gives you a combination of nice tablet looks and feel, a lightweight device, but it’s got a bit of grunt behind it, so if you need to do something a little bit more hefty from an applications perspective, you’ve got the tools and capabilities to do that,” he said.

But Goodman described the move from Windows 7 to 8, with its added Modern apps interface, as “a huge jump” for Microsoft, which could affect ease of adoption for some of Network Rail’s workers.

“If you’re a traditional desktop user, it’s quite difficult to get to the look and feel of how that works, and how to navigate around it,” said Goodman.

But Goodman maintained that, from a tablet perspective, “it’s not that hard to work out where you go, and everything else”.

However, Goodman is going to hold fire before rolling out any Windows 8 systems en masse at Network Rail.

“For me, it’s something we will look to embrace where it makes sense to do so, but I still think Microsoft has got a bit of a way to go yet to determine exactly what market it wants to play into,” said Goodman.

Look out for the full-length video interview with Network Rail’s Simon Goodman on Computing very soon.

Software Centre raises E3m

Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, raised an additional E3m in research funding in 2012 according to its annual report issued today.

New projects included research contracts with the European Space Agency, United Technologies Research Centre and several EU-funded research consortia. During 2012 Lero announced funding of E22.4m over 5 years through Science Foundation Ireland and technology firms such as IBM and Intel.

Lero also reported that it was awarded five new patents in 2012 covering areas such as self-sacrificing spacecraft swarms and methods of protecting autonomous systems. Forkstream, a spinout company, was established and it has recently been acquired by Openet, a leading Irish transaction management software and services provider. 170 Lero researchers recorded a 47pc increase in journal papers and a 41pc increase in conference papers during the year.

“Our researchers are in demand globally,” commented Prof Mike Hinchey, director, Lero. “The work which is being done in Ireland is world leading across a number of areas including medical devices, agile, cloud and space flight software.”

He said the prolonged Ulster Bank and RBS outage in 2012 was a reminder of what can happen when critical software systems crash due to badly managed changes. In the United States a recent report by the US Food & Drug Administration showed that 20pc of the medical device recalls in the US in 2012 were due to software faults. “Today it is almost impossible to lead a software-free life. Software is the enabling factor in smartphones, smart cities, smart homes, smart health and just about smart anything.”

He added, “Because software can be easily changed, it is often changed badly. Lero specialises in Evolving Critical Systems research which aims to develop methods, techniques, tools, and processes for the development and evolution of highly reliable software systems that maintain, or improve, their reliability as they evolve.”