Written by two respected technologists, Mary Branscombe and Simon Bisson, WINDOWS 8 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: WHAT YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS TO KNOW will give you a unique and vital analysis of the key technical and practical factors you need to inform your decision about moving to Windows 8. Armed with this detailed Windows 8 briefing, you will be able to take a critical look at your IT and what it does for you, and consider how Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 fit into the wider technology infrastructure and policies in your business to help you take advantage of key trends in the PC ecosystem that change the way you look at hardware, software, development, security and IT management. You'll get the details on why Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 matter for business IT, down to specifics like how built-in Hyper-V simplifies running virtual machines (ideal for developers and testers and for accessing older business applications with compatibility problems)and how Storage Spaces combine multiple drives into one "pool" of storage--whether they're connected by USB, SATA, or SAS (Serial Attached SCSI)--then provisions them into logical spaces that span multiple disks mirrored for resiliency. You'll understand the battery life and performance improvements in Windows 8 as well as the capabilities of Windows 8's robust new tools for troubleshooting PC problems, including the Refresh option that reinstalls Windows but keeps personal data, most Windows settings (except those most likely to be the reason for the refresh), and Metro apps. You'll also learn how to provision PCs with a custom recovery image that includes desktop apps. You'll see how the combination of the more capable Server Core role in Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and the "Metro style" tiles and dashboards of the new Server Manager enable the efficient remote management that's key for automation, whether on a small scale or for private cloud. WINDOWS 8 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: WHAT YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS TO KNOW provides all this, plus thoughtful discussion of the implications of device management through Exchange ActiveSync, the impact of Windows RT on your approach to development and device management, and strategies for setting up a pilot program with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. And more.