Getting up to date with Windows 8 tools and terminology

Last updated:July 2014

Editor's note

There are many built-in, third-party and free Windows 8 tools for end users and IT administrators to take advantage of, but the sheer number and variety can be bewildering. Which utility is best for your organization?

To help you decide, we've gathered our recent coverage of Windows 8 tools for desktop management and monitoring, migrating from Windows XP, and security. In addition, below are some definitions of terms that those working with Windows desktops, laptops and tablets should know.

1Managing migrations to Windows 8

Since many IT shops are still moving from Windows XP to newer OSes, it's no surprise that many Windows tools address such migrations. Although Windows 8 is supposedly easier to use, IT departments will still want to pay attention to expenses, application compatibility and technologies that may ease migrations.

2Windows 8 tools for security

No matter the device or its OS, admins must guarantee the protection of enterprise assets including networks, systems and sensitive data. Updated Windows 8 tools such as BitLocker, the Malicious Software Removal Tool and the Desktop Experience are only as good as the knowledge of those who use them. Windows 8.1 might be safer than previous editions, but IT will still want to use Group Policy settings and watch out for emerging security threats.