Microsoft has finally rolled out the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, making it available for download at the official site. Along side the release, the company has also detailed the new features that the update packs.
Back when Microsoft announced the Enterprise edition of Windows 8, the company cited that to avail the version, users will be required to have a Software Assurance licensing agreement in place. Naturally, the Enterprise edition is meant more for the professionals and corporations.
Other versions which include Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, will also be getting the 8.1 upgrade soon. It is somewhat surprising to note that Microsoft has decided to release the 8.1 upgrade for the Enterprise version nearly a month ahead of a similar update for other versions.
Users who get their hands on the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition will also be able to enjoy an extended lifecycle support till January, 2013. According to Microsoft, “Windows 8 customers will have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update to continue to remain supported under Windows 8 lifecycle — and there are deployment tools and guidance available to help make these updates seamless for customers.”
Microsoft is also releasing final version of different tools that will go with the Enterprise edition. A company spokesperson stated, “Final versions of the deployment tools, including the Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013, and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, will be available at the same time as Windows 8.1 Enterprise to ensure you can begin deploying this new version of the operating system right away.”
The Preview of the 8.1 upgrade of Enterprise Edition is now available for download on the official website. You will have to register before you can use the preview.