The release of Windows 8.1 includes a host of improvements, both cosmetic (welcome back, Start button) and “under the hood” improvements. A new white paper, titled Windows 8.1 Security – New and Improved, looks at the some of the most anticipated—and controversial—security features of this new “.1″ point release of Windows 8, including:
Updated biometric security framework: Support for fingerprint recognition has been greatly improved, and we can expect to see fingerprint readers appearing in more Windows devices.
InstantGo device manageability: In combination with new hardware from Microsoft partners, this new low-power mode of operation allows for always-on, always connected device scenarios, which translates into always managed for Information Technology and Security departments.
Pervasive Device Encryption: If the hardware supports it, your drive(s) will be transparently encrypted by Windows 8.1. We take a look at what this means for users.
Windows Defender: Find out what’s new in the updated version of Microsoft’s free anti-malware program.
The white paper also takes a look at Windows 8 (and 8.1)’s adoption rate, discusses new risks introduced by Windows 8.1, and looks at whether or not IT shops and users should upgrade.