[reposted from IT-DISCUSS@LIST.UVM.EDU]
As you may be aware, Microsoft released Windows 8 on October 26th. Although Windows 8 can run on most devices that currently run Window 7, few of us have had the opportunity to work with Windows 8, especially on new touch-enabled hardware. ETS will do our best to answer questions about Windows 8, but we may take a little longer than normal to resolve problems with Windows 8 as we gain more experience.
In most respects, what works with Windows 7 will work with Windows 8. However, we suggest caution in deploying Windows 8, and recommend against deploying Windows 8 on systems that run business-critical functions. Although functionally similar to Windows 7, there are some striking visual changes that may be disruptive to change-sensitive clients. Similarly, we suggest delaying large-scale upgrades until there is broader experience with the new platform. If someone purchases a system with Windows 8 pre-installed, however, we recommend against downgrading it to Windows 7.
As with past launches of new operating systems, we’re hoping to work with early adopters among the IT community and our more change-tolerant clients. Over the coming months, we will continue to explore Windows 8 application compatibility—including Internet Explorer 10—as well as deployment and diagnostic tools.
One important note; Symantec PGP Whole Disk Encryption is NOT compatible with Windows 8. Instead, BitLocker Drive Encryption is approved for use on UVM-owned laptops and other systems requiring disk encryption.
Details regarding Windows 8 deployment and support at UVM:
https://sharepoint.uvm.edu/sites/ad/win8 (work in progress)
General information about Windows 8:
Windows 8 support-oriented information:
ETS software testing and evaluation:
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns,
802.656.1172 | Sr System Administrator | Enterprise Technology Services | University of Vermont