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Microsoft didn’t forget the needs of the IT pro with Windows 8.1. Here, you take a quick look at ten new features the IT pro will appreciate.

VPN enhancements of Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 supports a broader range of virtual private network (VPN) clients than Windows 8. In Windows 8.1, if a user opens an app that needs to access the VPN, opening the app will automatically trigger the VPN client and prompt the user to sign in.

Remote data removal with Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 gives organizations more control over marking content as belonging to the organization. This capability enables that data to be encrypted and wiped out remotely by authorized users.

Boot to desktop via Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 systems can be configured to boot directly to the desktop rather than to the Start screen.

Windows 8.1 workplace joins

In Windows 8.1, users can work on the device of their choice and still access company resources. IT administrators now have the capability to grant access to specific resources without opening up everything.

Windows 8.1 work folders

Work folders enable users to sync data between their remote device and their organization’s data center. This feature enables the IT department to enforce company data access control policies.

Windows 8.1 To Go

In Windows 8.1, the Windows To Go feature is even more powerful and useful than it was in Windows 8. Now users can roam different machines and access the Windows Store.

Broadband tethering with Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, a mobile broadband-equipped PC can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing Internet access to other devices.

Windows 8.1 app lockdown

Organizations can use the new Assigned Access feature to restrict the device to running a single Windows Store app, such as a point-of-sale app.

Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1

The latest version of Internet Explorer incorporates an enhanced capability to block malicious content before it has a chance to execute.

Windows 8.1 mobile device management

Windows 8.1 enables IT administrators to ensure that any mobile devices use the Intune management service, thereby providing better policy enforcement.

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