Kevin Turner says BYOD will force IT departments to look more closely at Metro-style applications and Windows to Go technology as a way to satisfy users. Full details on the demo
HANNOVER, Germany – Just a few days after launching a beta preview of its forthcoming operating system for consumers, Microsoft on Tuesday used the CEBIT trade show to position Windows 8 as a way to empower CIOs to satisfy the user expectations around the bring-your-own-device trend and mobility while satisfying enterprise requirements around security and manageability.
Kevin Turner, Microsoft COO and the former CIO of Wal-mart, said cloud computing, big data and the consumerisation of IT are all creating increased pressure on chief information officers to create value for their organizations. Microsoft’s response, he said, has been to offer in Windows 8 a platform that relies heavily on its new Metro interface and Windows to Go technology to grapple with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) a more virtual IT infrastructure.
“As you think about the next release of our operating system, I want you to think about an operating system with no compromise,” he said. “CIOS are always asked about tradeoffs and compromise. Should I have security or should I allow people to bring in what device they want to work? The future is ‘Yes’ and ‘Yes.’”
In a live demo of Windows 8, Microsoft senior director of Windows Erwin Visser showed off several features designed specifically for businesses users that may require touch-based tablet experiences at one moment and a more traditional keyboard-mouse imput mechanism later on. The touch-based version of Metro-style apps included Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), Microsoft Dynamics business software, programs to track currency changes and the weather. The applications are spread out in a tile-like display and can be easy swiped to move back and forth or show the edges of interfaces side-by side.
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