Windows 8 RT DOA?

Started Jan 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Windows OS that won't attach to a domain - ridiculous
In reply to Brian Miller, Jan 25, 2013

I scanned the articles.  The first article is looking at hints of what the author hopes the future may be.  That's great and maybe someday it will come, but we have real liability issues that I can't ignore.  Attempting to manage without a domain join in today's world is a bit of a hodgepodge and would require a lot of resources.  Again, the day might come, but it's note here yet.

The second article really has little merit.  ActiveSync has value, but it's far from a replacement for management.  To believe otherwise is naive.

You're correct that RT Pro does solve the problem, kind of.  Let's start by ignoring phones.  With current devices, RT Pro requires what's effectively a laptop (with tablet-like functionality).  If users would use such devices in lieu of a laptop, fine.  Users aren't pushing me in that direction.  They'd like a tablet (or smartphone) in addition to whatever else they use.  Justifying a $1000+ tablet is not a battle I'm willing to take on, much less a phone.

Even if the articles were correct, they don't match perception.  MS has a tremendous opportunity to become dominate in the business tablet/phone market by leveraging their existing infrastructure and management capabilities.  Failing to do so greatly diminishes their attractiveness to business.  Instead, they choose to go head on with the established, and respected, players (Apple / Google) in the consumer market.  That's a tough road.

Brian Miller wrote:

http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/brianmadden/archive/2012/04/30/the-real-reason-microsoft-windows-rt-devices-won-t-be-able-to-join-ad-domains-hint-ad-is-not-about-systems-management-anymore.aspx

Domain Join is a 20-year old concept; there are better ways to do this now:

"First, the whole concept of a domain join is pretty antiquated. Sure, Windows 8 machines will be able to join AD domains hosted by Windows Server 2012 servers—I'm not saying that domain joins won't exist. I'm saying that the concept of a domain join isn't needed in today's world."

http://getwired.com/2012/08/20/exchange-activesync-its-the-new-domain-join/

And Pro fixes this problem if it is a problem.

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