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Over the past few weeks we have covered enablement of "Bring Your Own Device" or BYOD in business. As you can imagine, this has become a hot topic as of late as more and more smartphones and tablets become available in the marketplace touting new "bells and whistles" in regards to capability. As covered in a previous post, user enablement through policies provides a great first step. Providing users access to their apps and data on any of their devices in any location via policies alone however is not enough. Realizing this, Microsoft has taken steps to allow access of information to devices not normally able to connect in a secure manner to devices that don't necessarily have the ability to connect to the company's domain.
Several new capabilities have been introduces into Windows Server 2012 R2 this year intended to enable organizations to embrace BYOD. People-centric IT (PCIT), a new initiative introduced by Microsoft referring to the added capabilities, is about helping providing people secure access to their apps and data on any of their devices in any location. With feedback gathered from IT professionals such as yourself, Microsoft is providing help to reduce complexity and client management infrastructure cost. Enablement of said People-centric IT (PCIT) capabilities included in Windows Server 2012 R2 Include:
Enabling Modern Work Styles using Remote Desktop Services
Improvements made to Microsoft VDI (Remote Desktop Services) reducing storage related costs, improving the end user experience, and administration improvements to both session and VM based VDI.
Be sure to download Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview today to test the capabilities of People-centric IT (PCIT) for future utilization.