Several years ago, Microsoft pledged to make security a high priority in it’s products. Every operating system release has had several improvements in it’s security. Windows 8.1 is no exception. The Technet blog goes over 5 of the top security improvements in the Windows 8.1 OS.
While the push to migrate users off Windows XP is on as support ends on April 8th and it is obvious that Windows 8.1 provide a vastly more superior security story, the purpose of this post is to provide insight as to the security differences between Windows 8.1 and its predecessor Windows 7. This is in part due to the fact that companies of all sizes migrating off Windows XP are currently torn in terms of Windows OS choice. While the subject of touch verses non-touch becomes less and less of an issue with Windows 8.1 and the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update due this spring, discussion regarding Windows 8.1 security enhancements over Windows 7 might provide additional insight to assist your choice. The top 5 security enhancements to take into consideration include: