Recently we reported that 33% of enterprise workers in a recent survey indicated that they were interested in Windows 8 for their next tablet. Blending the power of Windows with the mobility of a tablet, there is a lot to love when it comes to Windows 8 tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro.
This is especially true when it comes to businesses that have BYOD policies, as Windows tablets work great for business but also fit nicely when it comes to entertainment purposes as well.
As tablets continue to pour into the enterprise world, management and security software solutions optimized for Windows 8 tablets will certainly be in demand. That’s why Wave Systemes has now annoucned that they are delivering their own enterprise-grade management and security system for Windows 8.
According to Wave Systems:
CIOs everywhere are trying to accommodate the growing number of users that demand the convenience of a tablet while balancing the need from IT for greater security and control. The launch of Windows 8 tablets will redefine what mobile means to the enterprise.
Now there’s a group of devices that resemble an iPad but operate like a PC. Wave has introduced the killer app for these devices–one that eliminates the need for passwords, features encryption and delivers the assurance that only authorized tablets are granted access to corporate resources, no matter where they connect.
So how does the Wave security/management platform work? Basically it allows a Windows tablet to act as token leveraging the TPM to securely store and manage user credentials. The user logs in using a pin or even swiping a fingerprint sensor, the device then automatically logs the user into all business services. Wave’s solution is also able to be used to enable strong encryption for local data at rest and content shared in the cloud.
According to the folks behind the Wave software, their solution helps address issues that have risen up in the enterprise world now that the BYOD trend is becoming more common. With Wave, you IT administrators don’t’ have to worry if someone loses a tablet because you can simply remove the device from the security group, revoke a certificate or disable the device remotely to ensure no one gets ahold of the precious information inside.
This Highlights What Makes Windows Tablets Different From the iPad
While Wave might not be exactly what your business or the company you are working for is looking for, it is just one of many solutions out there. It also highlights the biggest difference between the Windows and iOS or Android.
With Windows you not only get a tablet but you also get the true power of a full-fledged desktop OS. This might not be as important for your average consumer, but for businesses it is a big difference. When it comes to multi-user configurations, security and management software and in-house software— Windows is just a better fit for businesses.
Although the business world isn’t rushing out to switch to Windows tablets yet, I think that they will in time. Windows just makes more sense in the enterprise world, considering it makes life easier for IT managers since they just have to manage Windows devices instead of also trying to incorporate support for Blackberry Playbook (for the few that still use it), Android and iOS.[ source ]