Windows 8.1 Enterprise to become available to everyone

— 6:11 AM on February 28, 2014

Microsoft is gearing up for a slight tweak to its OS lineup. According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, the company plans to make Windows 8.1 Enterprise available to "anyone willing to pay for it." That edition is currently offered only to volume licensing customers, which pretty much rules out folks with home PCs.

As Paul Thurrott points out, since there's no Ultimate edition of Windows 8.1, some of the Enterprise edition's features are currently unavailable to the general public. Among the most notable Enterprise-only features: Windows To Go, which allows Windows to be installed to (and booted up from) a certified USB thumb drive. I'm sure geeks would find a use for that.

Other Windows 8.1 Enterprise perks include DirectAccess, BranchCache, Federated Search, AppLocker, and improved Virtual desktop infrastructure functionality. The downside? According to Thurrott, Windows 8.1 Enterprise doesn't support the Media Center Pack that Microsoft offers for consumer versions of the OS.

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