Windows 8 Support for Desktops, Laptops and Enterprise-ready Tablets
Extending Multi-Platform Support to Help IT Track and Manage the Newest Devices
Windows 8 represents the next step in the evolution of mobile devices and the workers who use them, not only in an informal “bring your own device” context, but as a corporate-sanctioned and supported means for more effective operations. With the arrival of enterprise-ready systems running Windows 8, designed specifically to exploit their touch capabilities and intuitive use, IT organizations are adding yet another endpoint to their current repertoire of multiple operating systems and diverse devices that must be effectively managed.
And while some device convergence may be on the horizon, the fact remains that many workers still operate in a world where they regularly employ two, sometimes three devices to accomplish their daily tasks. Multiple system support is the norm, leaving the IT department struggling to maintain the availability, confidentiality and integrity of data and applications across a variety of platforms.
The Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance has long been the “go-to” solution for resource constrained IT departments needing to manage heterogeneous environments, including hardware from virtually any PC manufacturer and including support for Mac and Linux operating systems. And the K1000 has now extended its competence an additional step, adding capabilities to manage the latest Microsoft Windows 8 x86 systems. This will help IT administrators to embrace the latest technologies, while still retaining simplified, centralized controls for these new devices.
As it has done historically, Dell KACE will continue to update our appliances to help IT administrators stay ahead of the curve. Future updates that we are planning include support for new operating systems such as Windows 8 RT, and added capabilities such as Windows 8 network OS installs and Windows XP/Windows 7 to Windows 8 OS migration.*
Today, K1000 support for Windows 8 x86 systems includes these capabilities:
*These features are expected to be available in 2013