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Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro delivers new levels of integration, security, and productivity, all without sacrificing performance or choice. Windows 8 Pro is built for business and compatible with life.

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Windows 8 Pro is designed for small and medium sized businesses providing:
• Greater control and better security through features such as Domain Join, Group Policy, and BitLocker
• Ability for employees to stay more connected and productive through Remote Desktop
• Integrated support for Mobile Broadband

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help both tech enthusiasts and professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

How to License Windows 8 Pro:
• Available through all volume license programs
• In Volume Licensing, sold only as an upgrade
• Requires a qualified underlying operating system license
• Standalone upgrade licenses are available through Open License and Select Plus

Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8 Enterprise features include all the capabilities that customers get with Windows 8 Pro, plus premium features designed to exceed the mobile productivity, security, manageability and virtualization needs of today’s large businesses.

Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This will allow IT organizations to support the “Bring Your Own PC” trend and businesses can give contingent staff access to the corporate environment without compromising security.
DirectAccess allows remote users to seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network without having to launch a separate VPN and helps IT administrators keep remote users’ PCs in compliance by applying the latest policies & software updates.
BranchCache allows users’ PCs to cache files, websites, and other content from central servers, so content is not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN).
AppLocker can help mitigate issues by restricting the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run.
VDI Enhancements: Enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012, provide users with a rich desktop experience with the ability to play 3D graphics & use USB peripherals.
New Windows 8 App Deployment: Domain joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8 Enterprise will automatically be enabled to side-load internal, Windows 8 Metro style apps.

Windows 8 also has enhanced Software Assurance (SA) benefits to meet the needs of today’s workforce. These improvements provide business customers with better ways to enable flexible work styles.
Windows To Go Use Rights: Windows To Go will allow companies to support Bring Your Own PC scenarios and will give employees who need to work from home more secure access to their full corporate environment.
Windows RT Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Rights: When used as a companion of a Windows Software Assurance licensed PC, Windows RT will automatically receive extended VDA rights.
Companion Device License: For customers who want to provide full flexibility for how employees access their corporate desktop across devices, we are introducing a new Companion Device License for Windows SA customers.

Additionally, through Software Assurance, Windows 8 Enterprise customers have the ability to subscribe to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). MDOP helps customers take advantage of desktop virtualization, manage Windows features and restore user productivity after a system issue.
How to License Windows 8 Enterprise:
• Only available through volume license programs
• Requires a qualified underlying operating system license
• Only available when purchasing Software Assurance