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August 24, 2012  9:49 AM

How I learned to stop worrying and love Windows 8

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

Windows 8 logo

By Matthew Baxter-Reynolds (@mbrit)

The problem that Microsoft has with its newfangled UI with Windows 8 is that it takes a while to learn to love it.

I think it took me about six weeks. Six weeks of fighty confusion until one day I looked at it and just *got* it. As has been oft written in the past few weeks, Windows 8 is about tablets, not about the desktops. The peace I reached was that Microsoft had no other option. Creating a bizarre amalgam of Old Windows for the desktop and New Windows for the desktop was all that they could do to stay relevant as tablets took over.

Every time there has been a drop of Windows 8 (excluding the one from BUILD last year) people who look at it exclaim “LOLWUT!” and then bash out a rehash of the same old posts about how it doesn’t make any sense. Now we’re in another phase of that with RTM. And in October it’ll all calm down, GA will hit, and off we’ll go again.

And, OK, Windows 8 doesn’t make any sense. It’s bonkers to take an OS that for 20 years been based on WIMP interfaces, overlapping Windows, and ramped up information density and then forget that it ever happened. The re-imagining of Windows, arguably, goes too far. Thus the hypothesis that the pendulum will swing back in Windows vNext holds water.

But that’s hardly likely to happen. Any adjustments that Microsoft makes to the Windows 8 vision in Windows vNext will be smooth and calm and designed to satisfy some commercial objectives that you and I will know nothing about. Thing is, Microsoft knows that if a newbie Windows 8 user runs Windows 8 for a couple of months they’ll look at back at Windows 7 with its “Start orb” like it’s a piece of old junk. People generally dislike change, but we all can, at the end of it all, actually manage and thrive within change.

So what can you do? If you run a fleet based on Windows 7, are you thinking “I’ll skip Windows 8″? My question to you is “why?” Nothing you see today in Windows 8 is going to change. That MetroModern shell is staying. Re-imagined Windows 8 apps that are tablet-optimised are staying.

But there’s more than that. The desktop is going away. Your users want tablet solutions *today*. What Windows 8 gives you is an option. It doesn’t have to be iPad. Come October it can be iPad or Windows RT PC. Come next year, it can be iPad, Windows RT PC, and various Windows 8 form-factors including Ultrabook and tablets.

If you haven’t tried it, you need to. Windows 8 is experiential. It’s something you have to form a relationship with. You need your own opinion.

If you go out there and are brave enough to move your estate onto Windows 8 you’re building a platform on which great new solutions can be built. You’re going to go through a little pain. You’re going to hear a *lot* of complaining. But you’ll all get there, and when you do you’ll have a fantastic OS and a fantastic platform for your next wave of solutions.

Matthew Baxter-Reynolds is an independent software development consultant, trainer and author based in the U.K. His next book, Programming Metro-style Apps with C#, will be published by O’Reilly in November. His favorite way to communicate with like-minded technical people is Twitter: @mbrit.

August 24, 2012  8:28 AM

Four square and firefights: This week’s IT quotes

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

Microsoft's new logo

When some people need a fresh look, they get haircuts. Microsoft gets a new logo. But will it change the overall perception of the brand and its new flagship product, Windows 8? Read through the week’s quotes to find out.

“The fact that the square is repeated four times and two of the squares are on top of each other means that it can’t move at all. Imagine if someone was sitting on top of you. You could not move, and neither could they.”
– Dr Dirk Thrusting of the University of Paekakariki, interviewed by the always serious TechEye about the new Microsoft logo unveiled this week.

“It would be faster to turn on Windows XP, wait 10 minutes for it to boot, and check email that way.”
– TechTarget news director Bridget Botelho’s husband, on the non-intuitive nature of Windows 8 on a Samsung Series 7 Slate tablet. For more on the experience of Windows 8 on a number of devices, check out the thoughts of Denny Cherry and Ed Tittel.

“The content is jittering spasmodically.”
– An expert witness in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement trial, describing on-screen tablet behavior that she said proved Samsung was in the wrong. Bloomberg Businessweek has 10 good lines from the trial. If you’re on Apple’s side of things, there’s a video you should watch.

“When you’re in the middle of a firefight and bullets are going over your head, it’s hard to be very strategic.”
– Katalus Advisors CEO Jeremy Bikman on how hospitals and vendors ignore the long-term costs of implementation of electronic health records. The Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules, meant to incentivize use of EHRs, were released this week – for more reactions to the release, visit SearchHealthIT.com and the HealthIT Knowledge Exchange.


August 23, 2012  11:29 AM

IT Infographic: The rise of mobile

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Mobile phones continue to reshape and impact our society and the technology world. This infographic from TrinityDigitalMarketing shares the true impact of web devices.


The rise of Mobile – An infographic by the team at Trinity Digital Marketing

 


August 22, 2012  10:04 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: iPhone 5

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

As the release date for the iPhone 5 nears, check out this hilarious parody of the iPhone promotional video. (Quick spoiler: it might make you hungry!)

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


August 21, 2012  10:13 AM

This week in tech history: HP

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

HP printer image via Shutterstock

On August 18, 1947, the technology giant HP was incorporated by William Hewlett and David Packard.

After selling their first products out of a garage in Palo Alto in 1938, Hewlett and Packard began selling oscillators, which were used to test audio equipment.

Ever since Disney began to buy oscillators to use in movie theaters for a certain ‘magical’ movie, HP has grown into a titan of the technology industry becoming the largest maker of Itanium-based servers, but it’s falling behind in the tablet race.

We’ll give out 150 Knowledge Points to anyone who knows the name of the movie Disney began buying oscillators for.

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


August 20, 2012  11:25 AM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Facebook image via Shutterstock

Circle your calendasr again technology fans, as event announcement were at the top of this weekend’s IT news stories:

1. Motorola and Verizon have  announced a joint press conference on September 5th, which may be the launch for the Droid Razr HD. The words ‘On Display’ were the key highlight of the invitation, which could mean a higher-resolution screen for the Razr.

2. Samsung’s CEO will hold critical talks with Apple’s CEO to see if they can find a solution to their smartphone patent dispute, before the case goes to the jury. Even though both sides reported that no progress was made this past Saturday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she was ‘pathologically optimistic’ about the companies finding a settlement.

3. Even though Facebook’s stock price is declining, there is good news for the social media company:  it trumped Yahoo.com as the second most popular site on the Internet with over 53 million unique viewers. Google continues to hold the top spot with a whopping 157 million viewers.

 


August 17, 2012  7:46 AM

Great power, great responsibility: The week in IT quotes

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

Image of Windows 8 RTM default lock screen

Technology rules the world now. In this week’s IT quotes roundup, we take a look at how this power can be used for good – and not so good.

“It looks flat and muddy and not crisp at all.”
– Jon Hassell (@jghassell) in one of many tweets regarding Windows 8, which was released to manufacturing this week. Check out the whole Storify of his experience – you’ll feel like you downloaded it yourself (and if you already did, tell us what you think).

“It’s so cheap that you can afford to throw away 99.9 percent without looking at it.”
– John Villasenor, an electrical engineer at UCLA, talking about the (lack of) cost of data storage, and what that could mean for government surveillance. Sharon Fisher has more on the worrying trend.

“If you control how somebody pays for something, you control a lot.”
– A CIO of a large credit union, discussing the rise of payment applications like Square. Believe it or not, this could have major implications for the enterprise computing industry. And hopefully, the credit card industry.

“Of course, they’ve always had this power. But now we know that they’ll use it in ways that we really don’t agree with.”
– Instapaper creator Marco Arment, commenting on the recently announced Twitter API changes that give the service “wiggle room” for revoking access for those using its platform. The change – which has been met with scorn among many developers — continues what’s already been an interesting summer for APIs.

 


August 15, 2012  11:17 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: The Avengers and SABob

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

In this week’s ‘YouTube IT Video of the Week’, watch The Avengers take over an office with their IT superpowers. Featuring the group’s newest member, SABob!

Thanks to Michael Gorrell for the tip in our LinkedIn Group.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


August 14, 2012  8:54 AM

This week in tech history: Blaster Worm

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Computer virus image via Shutterstock

On August 11, 2003, Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 computers were attacked by the virus known as the ‘blaster worm‘. The worm would automatically trigger the computer to shut down and reboot.

Between 8 to 16 million computers were infected and damages totaled over $320 million.

We’ll give 150 knowledge points to anyone who can tell us the blaster worm’s nickname.

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


August 13, 2012  1:37 PM

What you missed in the IT world this weekend

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Smartphone image via Shutterstock

Were you too busy watching the the last days of the Olympics and couldn’t catch up on your IT news from the weekend? Don’t worry, we have you covered as we look at the top stories from the weekend.

1. Mark August 15th on your calendar Samsung fans, as the mobile company will be hosting a special event in New York City, which could be related to its Galaxy Note devices. Inside of its invitations to the media, the words ‘Meet the new way’ are inscribed. What could those words mean? Tune in on August 15th to find out!

2. The ‘metro’ label will be no more as Microsoft announced it will be removing the label and putting either ‘Windows 8′ or ‘Modern’ in its place for describing apps in the upcoming operating system. After the software giant confirmed the ‘metro’ removal, veteran Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley was one of the first to report on possible substitutes in her blog last Thursday.

3. It looks like YouTube will escape Google’s ‘pirate penalty’ law after the search engine company said it won’t demote the site even though it has several copyright infringement notices filed against it. However, starting this week, Google will now begin taking notices into account and sites with a higher amount of notices could be demoted in searches.


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