Windows 8: Making 2013 the year BYOD invades the cubicle

Windows 8: Making 2013 the year BYOD invades the cubicle

Summary: The bring your own device (BYOD) movement has been gathering speed and the release of Windows 8 will see it explode this year.

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Happy worker in BYOD shop

People love gadgets, and they especially love bringing them to work. Having his/her own device at work instills a sense of independence from the IT department. The BYOD movement has been growing legs for a while, and this year may be the year it explodes thanks to the release of Windows 8.

IT departments have been grappling with handling workers' devices from day one. The desire to control access to corporate resources has kept IT staffs up at night with the thought of all these mobile devices coming to work.

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It doesn't bother IT people that workers are bringing in different types of gadgets, primarily smartphones, laptops, and tablets. No, the core of the problem has been the different mobile platforms that run them. Android and iOS are the main OSes running the gadgets that workers embrace and each brings its own concerns with allowing access to the corporate environment.

The release of Windows 8 and RT, while adding another layer of support concerns, may be the catalyst for an explosion of BYOD. It is Windows after all and that's already supported well by the corporate environment.

Microsoft nicely kick-started this BYOD explosion with its Surface tablets. These semi-laptop/ tablet devices will fit right into the corporate world and give workers a new option when it comes to bringing a gadget to work.

They are tablets that do real work as Surface enthusiasts are quick to point out, and that's what has excited IT folk I've spoken to. These gadgets from Microsoft are downright easy to incorporate in existing enterprise systems compared to the others. It's a win-win situation for both workers and employers.

Don't be surprised when BYOD takes off this year. The introduction of Windows 8 tablets, laptops, and hybrids are going to trigger workers bringing them to the office. This should result in a big increase in the number of employees doing so.

While Windows 8 gadgets will result in the rise of BYOD, it won't stop there. Companies will see first-hand the benefits that can be gained by having happy workers supply their own gear. This will cause enterprises that have been on the fence as far as BYOD is concerned to make a better effort to make it work for all devices/ platforms.

This year will be the year of BYOD and everyone will benefit from it.

Topics: Bring Your Own Device, Windows 8 in Business

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  • What a change of tune

    Everything ok? After some contradictory arguments about how iPad is productive with keyboard but Surface is not, etc some realization....
    • No change

      I have long said that mobile tech is very personal. Just because one gadget/tool works for me doesn't mean it's the be-all for everyone. I have stated that repeatedly in the past.
      • True but

        Have you considered that the chance of Microsoft selling enough Windows 8 devices to make that happen in 2013 is very hard to determine? If people buy W8 laptop convertibles since when is that BYOD? We've always been bringing laptops to work. And even RT devices are essentialy Windows so why does that make things more BYOD than before? BYOD would mean bring your own device running an OS environment foreign to the one deployed by the business which has different security and reliability qualities which could pose problems. I don't think bringing Windows 8 or RT into the workplace classifies as BYOD at all.
        • Um, that is NOT what BYOD means.

          It has NOTHING to do with an "environment foreign to the one deployed". What on earth gave you that idea?!?
  • Windows 8? No

    Windows 8 Professional. That is what they need, but a majortiy of devices that private individuals are going to buy are the consumer orientated Windows 8 (standard) devices, which either means it won't attach to the corporate network, or the owner will have to for out for the upgrade to professional.
  • Surface Pro?

    Yes, they are easily adopted into corporate networks. In fact we already got a green signal for building POC Dashboard using Bing or Google Maps for interactive information display. These are aimed for Windows Tablets, whether it is RT or 8, but we are recommending the Windows 8 Pro Tablets like Surface Pro.
    Ram U
    • Interesting

      concept, I hope it works for you.
  • Hmm

    Well now, this is interesting. Ever notice how some tech writers try to will something into happening? The year of Linux! The Year of BYOD!

    Not going to happen beyond phones and 1099 home based customer service roles.
  • Gimme a break, pullease ...

    "People love gadgets, and they especially love bringing them to work."

    Which planet are you on? BYOD isn't some utopian worker's dream, it's a movement by employers to cut their costs and pass them over to workers. OK, some are sheep and think that's great, but it really isn't, and you should know better. It's no different to the gradual disappearance of fleet cars, giving workers the 'freedom' to choose their own car for work. And pay for it.
    • Cheep employers

      so true: I just a lowly tech, I can afford a job that want me to bring my own devices, Unless I am an independent contractor (an I expect to be paid as one) The company needs to supply the tools I need.
  • Yep, and you are going to keep telling them that

    until they believe it, right James?
  • No, it's about familiarity

    With the release of Win8 on 4gh generation processors will mark the beginning of corporate movement to Win8. Whether on RT or Pro it will become easier to work with one piece of electronic assistant. There will be different sizes but she ever you go familiarity will dictate how useful and competitive we will be. I have been using the Surface RT for the last 2months and have seen myself moving into using it for everything except for cell phone use. When the Pro is available with 4gh gen chip I will get one with best telephony abilities and get rid of everything else. I am still undecided on size but whatever I get will be the only thing I will be working with. I may hold out for voice, motion control to be included but that will be it; there is just too much happening for switching between instruments to be fluid.
  • Cant see Windows 8 making any difference.....

    Reason NO Network admin wants to have to support a unproductive O/S (Windows 8).

    We currently use and have BYOD in our business and the general consensus from all workers is NO Windows 8 allowed.
    Everyone (115) has said Win7 and Linux ONLY and our techs have agreed to keep this strategy.
  • Good points but ...

    Even though W8 and Surface will integrate easier into the enterprise than some of the other products, BYOD means the consumer buys his own device and that is then incorporated into the environment. Sales of Surface and W8 has been low & slow and dissapointing, so with not enough people using these gadgets, it will not make such a big difference.

    I'm actually looking forward to how the MDM market will mature this year, where independent of device, you can set company policies and stuff to make any device work on your network in the secure way IT departments like.

    Then there is Ubuntu for Android, something I wish Conical will focus on more and make freely availble to Android users, which will enable us to have a desktop on our new quad core phones.

    VMWare have a virtual machine you can install on your phone, which is much more important to any BYOD employee or organisation as that will introduce a true seperation between personal and company data. Encryption of company data can happen on the virtual machine without affecting my personal data.

    So yeah, W8 and Surface might kick start BYOD depending sales and enough enterprises actually migrating to W8 etc. I think there is other much more exciting technologies that will do a better job in kickstarting BYOD.
  • You completely failed to support your assertion

    In fact, all you did throughout the article was restate it many times, and just assume it was accepted. For BYOD to explode thanks to Win 8, people have to buy it OUTSIDE OF WORK. As such, this is almost always for a number of reasons OTHER THAN work. If it was solely, or even mainly for work, then that work should be providing that machine, or at least overtly supporting it, thus making the claim of BYOD nebulous.
    You stated NOTHING about Win8 that would cause people to actually buy it (this says nothing about whether such things exist, only your complete failure to address them) and people buying it is the ONLY thing that will allow Win8 to cause an explosion of BYOD. Period. Instead, all you do is list reasons why BUSINESSES would WANT their users to bring in Win8 devices. These are NOT the same things. At all.

    And talking about just saying things with NO empirical support and just expecting it to be accepted without critical thought, it is a bit silly of you to continue to beat out this tired, discredited, EASILY disproved nonsense of "They are tablets that do real work as Surface enthusiasts are quick to point out".
    Oh please, really?!? This is not about what iOS apps can do that Win8 devices cannot do, or vice versa. It is about what iOS (or Android) can do that people NEED it to do for their particular task. If that task is involved in their REAL work, then your implying that these devices can't do real work is equivalent to your making the derogatory claim that those PEOPLE don't do real work. Do you really want to have to support that contention?
    Are you really going to defend your congruent claim that waitresses who use Android tablets don't do "real" work? Or your logically equivalent claim that museum guides using iPads don't do "real" work? Are you read to defend your directly deducible claim that market analysts that use iPhones, doctors that use iPads, factory workers that use Android tablets, or machine shop fabricators that use iPads in quality control do not do "real" work?Really?!?
    In fact, this phrase is utter nonsense, and says quite a lot about the person who utters it. About their specific ignorances, and about their inherent biases. Not every job includes coding, writing web sites in ASP, debugging C# code, or working with Active Directory. Yet the MS sycophants always latch onto this like blind puppies to a teat, because of a perceived (rather than a real) weakness they see in the competition. But again, even if that weakness were real (it isn't) the VAST majority of "real" work does not involve ANY of these things. In fact, Mr Kendrick, as far as can be ascertained, YOUR job does not require these things, or ANYTHING that could thus be attributed as "real work"! Certainly the job of writing tech articles could EASILY be handled perfectly satisfactorily by ANY of the main platforms out there.

    But the last part of that sentence quoted above is perhaps the most germane. You wrote: "and that's what has excited IT folk I've spoken to."
    EXACTLY. And that has to do with BYOD, and what people decide to buy FOR THEMSELVES outside of work, how, exactly? Since when have people tailored their personal buying decisions solely to match the excited spasms of their "IT folk"?!? Certainly not lately. Case in point, the very "explosion of BYOD", which started with Apple and Android devices, devices that were often initially banned by those very "IT folk". How much say do they have in this buying decision? Empirical evidence would suggest: not very freaking much.
  • BSOD has already invaded the desktop

    Did anyone else read this as BSOD instead of BYOD at first glance? Many of us have long memories of Windows "exploding" in the past, so the headline would still fit. Perhaps BYOD for Windows will bring new high res BSOD's.