There will be at least four versions of Windows 8 when Microsoft releases its next operating system later this year. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are the consumer versions of the operating system, while Windows RT will be available preloaded on some ARM-based tablets and other devices.
Windows 8 Enterprise is the company’s new tool for business customers. It will have all the features of Windows 8 Pro, plus some enterprise extras, which Microsoft explains in a new blog post.
Enterprise customers will have access to Windows To Go, a tool that lets them load Windows 8 on a bootable USB stick, allowing users to carry their desktop with them and use multiple computers while maintaining a connection to your corporate network and keeping network security intact.
Windows 8 Enterprise also includes AppLocker, which lets IT manager restrict access to files or apps and Windows 8 App Deployment features will allow businesses to side-load Metro style apps on computers. Other versions of Windows 8 will only be able to install Metro apps downloaded from the Windows Store.
In other words, in addition to support and security features, Microsoft is giving business users the ability to customize the Windows experience for their employees’ computers. For the most part, your first Windows 8 PC at work will probably look a lot like your home PC, but your IT department will be able to control your access, while providing you a few enterprise-only features like that whole nifty Windows to Go thing.