The release of Windows 8 is two weeks away, but for many IT managers it’s a yawn: Other than the new tile-like interface that will be similar across Windows 8 tablets and smart phones, there doesn’t seem to be a lot that’s interesting.
However, as this story from Network World U.S. notes, Win8 will have one significant security improvement over previous versions: The first software driver that loads on boot will be anti-malware –usually Windows Defender. According to a researcher for an antivirus firm interviewed that means much better protection for the OS.
Microsoft calls this feature “Early Launch Anti-Malware,” and you can find out more about here at the Microsoft Web site (although it’s really for software developers).
This is another tool an operating system vendor has adopted in the never-ending war against hackers. Small wonder that organizations are increasingly looking towards cloud service providers to take the headaches of overseeing software away from them.