This post was taken from a TechNet Flash Editorial written by Pierre Roman.

I picked up my Microsoft Surface last week and it is awesome! My only problem is that now I can’t use it anymore. My daughters have adopted it. Which means I need to order another one. As a Microsoft employee I could have worse problems than the kids liking our products…

But looking around my family room the diversity of devices is amazing. I’m checking my mail on my Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8, my wife is planning her lessons in the kitchen on a Dell Inspiron One 2320 All-In-One (I upgraded it to windows 8 so we now have a 23 inch touch screen in the kitchen). My youngest is playing Jet Pack Joyride on the Microsoft Surface and my oldest is doing her homework in her room on her Acer Aspire ultra-book. We use a multitude of devices and Windows 8 makes it so simple to switch between them by synchronizing our settings, by leveraging SkyDrive to Store photos and docs online and access them from any PC, Mac or phone.

It’s liberating.

In a very small geography we have a great range of devices. That translates very well to any enterprise. I’m sure users are bringing and using all kinds of devices into their place of work. We can try to fight it, but they always find ways. We need to embrace it. Support it. Manage it in order to tap the potential for improving collaboration and productivity. Of course, this introduces challenges too. It means companies must now balance user demands with their own security needs as never before.

At Microsoft we can help you:

  • Manage  all machines including non-traditional "consumer" devices using System Center 2012
  • Enable employees to work productively from anywhere on any screen with  technologies like VDI and DirectAccess
  • Welcome new devices while maintaining security with Windows Intune, and Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) for security and policy management for mobile devices

It’s up to you build the environment that will embrace the new way of doing business. You can start by taking the advantage of the free evaluation downloads for these products:

If you build it, they will come… Actually, they’re probably already there.



Cheers!


Pierre