Windows 8 aimed at businesses allowing BYOD

Windows 8 aimed at businesses allowing BYOD

Microsoft has released the preview model of its Windows 8 operating system to the public, with the firm indicating its desire to support firms allowing employees to use their own devices for enterprise.

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend has been gaining momentum in recent years and is set to increase further during the London 2012 Olympics.

Erwin Visser, senior director for Windows, explained in a post to the Windows for Your Business blog, that the new OS will "give businesses the experiences people love and the enterprise-grade solutions IT departments need".

He noted that Windows 8 will come with a host of new features for working remotely, locking down security anywhere and booting from a USB stick using the Windows To Go feature.

The USB-boot Windows To Go is one way for businesses to load a secure operating system onto any device.

It is thought Microsoft will roll the full version of the OS to businesses in November.