Windows To Go (Windows on a USB stick for enterprise) – how does it stack up against laptops?

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Windows To Go

Windows To Go is a Microsoft solution to the enterprise workforce on the move. Basically, it puts a bootable copy of Windows 8.1, along with all your settings, apps, security tools and policies on a USB 3.0 flash drive.

For companies, it offers another way to provide a device for their employees or contractors than actually giving them a PC. Fairfax County, VA has been issuing drives to employees that work remotely, and comment, “There’s nothing to install or configure. Employees simply plug the drives into their Windows 7– or Windows 8–compatible PCs or other devices, connect to the county network via a virtual private network, and work anytime, anywhere.” 

Microsoft points out five areas of advantage Windows To Go has over the traditional laptop approach. It costs considerably less, is more secure than most laptops (as most are not encrypted), is easy to manage, easy to deploy (portable, easy to ship, etc.), and is very resilient.

Now, there are obvious flaws. For one, you need a laptop or a computer already to use Windows To Go. But, in certain situations, like with employees working remotely or contractors, your employees will already have PCs. With Windows To Go you are offering them flexibility and convenience. You can read more about it here, but keep in mind this is for enterprise, not consumers.

What do you think about Windows To Go in a world where the emphasis seems to be with either Ultra-Portable Laptops or Cloud based enterprise solutions (for example, Office 365 enables you to do work on another computer without needing anything)?