Not Your Typical PC

The following article was contributed by Intel's Jesus Garcia, Business Client ISV Alliance Marketing Manager. Garcia works with ISVs to market and promote solutions that help IT deal with Consumerization of IT. Previously, he was a Senior Technical Consultant, specializing in software development using Microsoft technologies, application porting and migration from non-IA to IA platforms, and application scaling and bench-marking.

Thanks to the mobile device explosion of the last few years and the Consumerization of IT, users want everything, everywhere, any time. The PC has been largely absent from this new scene.

Until now.

The PC form factor has changed dramatically in the last couple of years. Instead of 2-inch thick bricks, people are now carrying around Ultrabooks™ that can convert into tablets by either swiveling the display and laying it down, or completely detaching the display from the keyboard and using the display as a standalone tablet. This 2 in 1 form factor can be a tablet when you want it and a laptop when you need it. They are powered by the super responsive and energy-efficient 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors. There are also true tablet form factors run by Intel® Atom™ processors that give you great performance and all day battery life. Add Windows* 8.1 into the mix and you get an awesome mobile touch experience that's impossible to beat.

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Now that users have cool new PCs that are true mobile devices they can take anywhere, users expect to be productive from wherever they are. IT's challenge is to manage them like the mobile devices that they are. These devices need to have security that IT can trust and offer the means to be managed remotely without requiring a direct connection to the corporate network. In order for users to get their work done, they need secure, easy access to corporate resources. New BYOD enhancements in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 enable this mobile work style on PCs for the first time. This paper describes in detail the new BYOD enhancements in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

All this means that there are now two ways to manage PCs: 1) traditional PC management with domain-join and image management, or 2) mobile management. What factors should IT consider in deciding which management method to use? This paper gives guidance on how to choose between traditional and mobile management of Windows 8.1 PCs.

Can IT trust that these new PCs are secure enough to be trusted in a mobile management model? You bet! Read about how built-in security technologies in 4th gen Intel Core and Intel Atom processors form the foundation for any management method.

IT can now enable true mobile productivity by embracing 2 in 1s and tablets powered by the latest Intel processors. Enjoy the freedom!

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