Using Windows Server 2012 with Windows 8 clients also offers some unique features. "There are areas where benefits and features light up between the two of them," says Jason Leznek - director of Product Marketing, Windows Server & Management. For instance, when used together they can eliminate the need for public-key infrastructure to make secure Direct Access connections, which reduces overhead. And when virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is used to support tablets, the server enables touch features, something that previous Windows Server versions did not.
The question is, how compelling are all these new features and capabilities? A large number of enterprises either just completed or are working on transitions from Windows XP to Windows 7 because support for XP ends in the spring of 2014. They may not be ready to tackle a server transition so soon after swapping out desktops, but the expanded support for virtualization could push many over the top, especially for those using VDI to support bring-your-own device programs.
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