In Pictures: 9 things enterprise IT will like about Windows 8

Microsoft has simplified its versioning system, which was much too complex. Instead of up to nine different options with Windows 7, Windows 8 comes in Home, Professional and Enterprise.

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Secure boot

Microsoft Windows 8 wants to own the master boot record (MBR) on a system's hard drive. The controversy regarding whether to prevent boot-sector virus vectors through the use of a UEFI secure boot initially riled people who like to host concurrent operating system or disk partition instances. And we found that Windows 8 at installation indeed grabs the disk master boot, securing it, and making it very difficult to place other operating systems on it. We applaud Microsoft's attempts at boot security, and don't have the qualms that others find when a vendor tries to secure a system.

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