What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals Jump Start
Is your organization using Windows XP or Windows 7? Learn how you can fast-track your organization to a more productive Windows 8.1 enterprise desktop environment by offering new possibilities for mobile productivity, secure IT, and easy-to-manage infrastructure. Windows 8.1 Enterprise provides IT professionals with a reliable and manageable infrastructure for today’s changing and increasingly mobile work styles. It’s the fastest and most secure OS from Microsoft for desktop, laptop, or tablet. Join author Ed Bott and members of the Microsoft Windows team to learn how to do it.

Course Outline

  • Overview
  • Security
  • Windows 8.1 To Go and Mobility
  • Deployment and Manageability
  • Mobile Device Management Tools

Instructor Team
Ed Bott | Distinguished author and ZDNet blogger | @edbott
Ed’s been writing about enterprise technologies for over two decades using a variety media venues including print, online articles, and industry blogs. With over 20 books to his credit that focus in Microsoft technologies and regular online contributions to ZDNet, Ed brings a unique view of Microsoft technologies that is fresh and insightful. Ed has recently completed a book entitled Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals, available from Microsoft Press.
Chris Hallum | Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager
Chris Hallum is a Microsoft Senior Product Manager with a concentration on Windows 8.1 Client security for commercial business scenarios. Chris has been at Microsoft for over fifteen years and has held a variety of program management roles in the Server and Tools Division, specializing in Windows Scripting, System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft BitLocker Administration, and Monitoring. Recently, Chris transitioned into Windows product management, where helps develop and drive Windows Client operating system security that includes malware resistance, data protection, and identity and access control. Read his blog.
Michael Niehaus | Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager | @mniehaus
Michael Niehaus is a senior product marketing manager at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, Windows RT, and Windows manageability needs. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, having joined Microsoft in 2004 after spending 14 years working in enterprise IT.
Ben Hunter | Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager
Ben is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Windows Commercial. Ben is a  Kiwi who has worked across continents—in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—as an IT professional for the past 18 years. He joined Microsoft New Zealand eight years ago as an infrastructure consultant, and then moved to Redmond to serve as a lead architect for the Microsoft Consulting Services worldwide client solution team. For the last two years Ben worked with early adopters of Windows 8 and 8.1. He is now responsible for management of the worldwide Windows IT pro community, managing the technical content on the Springboard Series on TechNet, managing the Windows IT PRO MVP's, the Springboard Insider Newsletter, the Windows Springboard Team Blog, and the STEP program (Springboard Technical Experts Panel).v
Live Event Details
November 14, 2013
10:00am-5:00pm PST
What: New features in Windows 8.1 for the enterprise
Cost: Free
Audience: IT Professionals
Prerequisites: To get the most out of this event having basic knowledge of Windows deployment for the enterprise is recommended.