Can Windows 8 Help Workers with Mobile Device Security?

June 5, 2013

The numbers on migration to Windows 8 haven’t been stellar for the first few months of the new operating system’s run, but there’s reason for optimism in the months ahead. By releasing a new, revamped version of its OS, Microsoft hopes to better tailor its product to employees who are always on the go, plugged in via their mobile devices.

According to V3, Windows 8.1 is geared toward businesses who rely heavily on bring your own device (BYOD) policies in their offices. By providing a better mobile interface, more resources for mobile data security and other features designed to improve BYOD, the corporation can appeal to a broad swathe of the business world looking for better resources for managing their mobile employees.

A sleek new design

The first thing users will notice about Windows 8.1 is the new design. From the moment they first log on to their desktops, tablets or smartphones, people will see different tile sizes and an upgraded Internet Explorer browser window that makes it easier to visualize everything on their screens. In addition, an updated Settings app will make it simpler for users to adjust their power options and connect to local networks. Ultimately, the OS will be much more user-friendly.

Better security

Security is going to be a key concern for adopters of Windows 8.1. Because the OS comes with improved wireless capabilities, Microsoft has also made sure to improve better safeguards to keep any unwanted intruders off of wireless networks. Administrators will also have more capabilities for locking down Windows 8.1 – by giving administrators the power to customize their Start screens by eliminating certain applications and links, Microsoft makes it easier for companies to control the way users access their applications.

How much will it help?

The new capabilities will make Windows 8 a better option for businesses everywhere, but what remains to be seen is how big an effect the changes will have on Microsoft’s bottom line. For the moment, at least, Windows 8 still comprises a very small portion of the operating system market. Currently 4.27 percent of users are running the newest OS, far behind the dominant Windows 7 at 44.85 percent. Windows XP and Vista rank second and third, with Windows 8 in a distant fourth.

It’s possible that the revamped Windows 8.1 will help Microsoft sell more OS licenses and turn more profits in the months ahead. The revamped mobile interface certainly won’t hurt.