Businesses that want tablets with full corporate-style management and security can opt for x86-based tablets that will likely be more expensive both for their processors and also for larger batteries to compensate for the greater power those processors consume.
Microsoft has two Windows 8 versions designated for business: Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise. Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise are the only options to which customers of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate can upgrade. They cannot upgrade to basic Windows 8 or to Windows RT. Windows 8 Enterprise is for customers with Software Assurance agreements and includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization and new mobility scenarios, Microsoft says.
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