One of the clever additions to Windows is the Windows To Go, which is really helpful if you're considering using Windows 8 in education. It gives you a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This could allow support for “Bring Your Own PC” and give access to your IT environment for users’ own devices without compromising security.

In education, there's a couple of scenarios that are particularly relevant:

  • Giving your students access to your standard Windows build and applications from their home computer temporarily
  • Letting students (or even staff) use their own PC in school, but making sure they use your standard Windows build, so that your school data doesn't end up on their device, and you don't risk them bringing in virus-infected computers that are connected onto your network.

Mark Reynolds, from the Microsoft UK Education team, has just recorded a short video showing you how Windows To Go works, and it's a masterpiece of summary, at only 2 1/2 minutes long.

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Find more videos from the Microsoft UK Education team, on their ITHeadsUp channel