An increasing number of businesses are turning to Windows 8 in a bid to offer full IT support to their remote workforce, it has been reported.

In a study conducted by Virgin Media Business, 19 per cent of chief information officers (CIOs) said they had been persuaded to buy the operating system by its mobile working benefits.

And nearly half (41 per cent) of those surveyed said they were looking at how well it supported a more dispersed and mobile team of workers before making a purchasing decision.

With 16 per cent of respondents already offering BYOD opportunities, the study suggested Windows 8 may become even more popular in the future.

Tony Grace, chief operating officer at Virgin Media Business, said CIOs have become the key innovators in businesses across the country.

"They no longer want to be known for being the barrier to new working practices. Instead they want to be hailed as the enablers of the future," he stated.

"As such, many CIOs recognise the need for an operating system that allows them to be as flexible as possible, which is why Windows 8 has received their attention.”

However, Mr Grace said software is just one piece to the puzzle.

"CIOs will be looking for a blend of the right software and the right infrastructure that releases them from the barriers of traditional ways of working and gives them the platform to offer their staff exactly what they need," he stated.

Mr Grace said it is up to technology vendors to identify these trends early on and develop solutions that can truly help the CIOs to do great things.

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