The software takes advantage of Windows 8's support for trusted platform module (TPM), which links a security chip in Windows 8 hardware with a PIN that turns the device into a virtual smartcard.
End users who want to access the corporate network authenticate themselves to their Windows 8 machine, and it creates connections securely with the network, negotiating Active Directory sign in to join a domain.
Wave's software supports drive encryption so data on the mobile machine is secured via BitLocker making the devices safe-to-lose, says Wave's CEO Steven Sprague.
The Windows 8 upgraded version of Wave Mobility Solution is available now, and because Windows 8 certified devices are still rolling out, may need tweaking to meet the implementation variations of hardware manufacturers. Enterprise licensing costs less than $100 per device, and subscription licensing is available to lower up-front costs.
Surface Pro shortage?
Many locations, including the online Windows Store, ran out of Surface Pro ultrabooks during its sales launch last weekend.
There's no telling how significant that is because Microsoft won't say how many were sold.
Microsoft's Surface chief Panos Panay says via Twitter that more of the 128GB Surface Pros will be available Saturday, but not why there is a shortage in the first place.
Surface user manual
If you can get your hands on a Surface Pro, you might want the instruction manual to figure out how to make it and Windows 8 work. Unlike the Surface pro itself, the manual is available right now so you can start reading and be prepped for when it's back in stock. The manual also covers Surface RT, for which there is no shortage.
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