This, too, is a multi-step process, with virtual smart cards—a new form of software-based multi-factor authentication—first debuting in Windows 8.
But in Windows 8.1, Microsoft is adding support for a new generation of biometrics that could change everything.
Best of all, however, full-disk encryption is now automatic for all versions of Windows going forward (Windows 8 and RT with the Windows 8.1 update installed, and newer).
What this means is that, by default, every new Windows installation going forward will ship with automatic encryption applied to the OS volume, as is the case with Windows RT (and Windows Phone 8) today.
If I do not re-open the "mailbox" with the shared task list in it (after he has updated), then anyone looking at the shared task list thinks he has not done anything.
As soon as I open the account it updates the task list for everyone else.
It will support "Touch to Buy" capabilities for Windows Store apps, Xbox Music and Xbox Video movie and TV rental and purchases in addition to the expected integration with Windows and remote access sign-ins, as well as any UAC prompts.
In this case, what we're seeing in this initial release is the ability to wipe corporate information from email and Work Folders (the latter of which is another new feature that requires Windows Server 2012 R2 on the server).In case you're not aware, Windows 8 is by far the most secure version of Windows yet created.By way of comparison, the latest release of Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report indicates that Windows 7-based PCs are fully six times more likely to be infected by malware than those running Windows 8.Let's look at three examples of this: device encryption, selective wipe, and support for a new generation of biometric interfaces.Where Windows 8 provides excellent Bit Locker-based encryption capabilities, with the Windows RT variant offering a simpler, unmanaged full-disk encryption feature, Windows 8.1 nudges things forward.