“Essentially, you can think of the Windows desktop as just another app,” Steven Sinofsky explains in the Windows 8 blog’s most recent post.
Apple’s one-liner returns to me, like it does most days when someone repeats it, jokingly, as though they were the first to say it: There’s an app for that. This is the world we live in: Applications have replaced hard wires and permanence. Even our phones may have split personalities some day very soon. Hardware is being created as a reflective surface, merely presenting information rather than storing it anymore.
Discussion of Windows 8, and the team’s vision for the new OS, brings this to a new level. The OS’s Metro version is a world of floating apps. Users have the option to remain in the “Metro world” without ever seeing the desktop, the code never having loaded onto your machine. “This is Windows reimagined,” Sinofsky says.
Or is it really just Windows undecided? Continued »
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Trend Micro gives a demonstration at VMWorld 2011 on how they’re helping business tap into the advantages of the cloud while maintaining secure policies.
I had a chance to sit down with Srinivas Krishnamurti, VMware’s senior director of mobile products, and check out the Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP). MVP is an interesting concept that blends both personal and professional phone usage by actually installing a separate virtual instance of Android on select handsets (VMware currently has partnership with LG, Samsung and Verizon to bring the devices to market).
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The demo he gave looked great: Apps were responsive, alerts from one OS popped up on the other’s notifications, and switching back and forth was a relative breeze. The concept of a dual-mode work life/personal life phone isn’t new, but VMware might have the first credible take at making it a reality: The “work” side of the phone is completely encrypted and can be remotely wiped by IT.
The two biggest questions that remain in my mind are, like with many of VMware’s ambitious new launches:
- How well will this work compared to not running a virtualized OS? It’s an extra layer of complexity and software on already limited devices, and there’s been speculation that the phone processors could drag.
- How well can VMware partner to bring these phones out into the market?
The second question is important: VMware and LG first partnered about a year ago, no commercial products that support the technology are shipping yet, and Krishnamurti said it was impossible to pinpoint when MVP devices would hit the market due to ongoing negotiations with carriers. And while a VMware employee proudly touted that LG and Samsung were the two largest phone makers, that’s not necessarily an indicator of future success.
Not to be left out, Microsoft has asserted its opinion on host of this week’s big conference in Las Vegas, VMworld 2011, by way of a Youtube video touting its private cloud services. The video pokes fun at VMware’s longstanding decision to stay out of multi-hypervisor management (since, according to VMware, no one is demanding Hyper-V management anyway) and appeals to the ultimate nightmare in technology: getting left behind. While the point of the ad seems to be Microsoft saying “Hey! Look at me!” more than sending an actual message, the idea that virtualization is a thing of the past may not be too convincing for VMWorld’s over 20,000 attendees.
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This isn’t the first case of Microsoft playing dirty, something VMware has grown accustomed to in the past few years. What are your thoughts on the feud and the ad? Does Microsoft have a case or are they blowing smoke?
Let me know in the comments section or send an email directly to Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.
How do you know you’re successful? You start finding more enemies. A recent article by Steven Vaughn-Nichols should bring a smile to fans of VMWare: Red Hat, the enterprise Linux giant, sees itself facing off not against enterprise mainstays like Oracle in the future but virtualization and cloud companies. Specifically, VMware:
This year’s attendees might be facing a little of both as they make their way to VMware’s annual conference: Even as Hurricane-cum-Tropical Storm Irene was wreaking H20 havoc across the Northeast and canceling Sunday, Monday and even Tuesday flights, conference host Las Vegas was flirting with temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fortunately, it looks like the conference won’t be a wash: Virtualization Room/SearchServerVirtualization contributor Eric Siebert reported via Twitter that attendance was up to 10,000 paid attendees (20,000 total) from 6,000 last year. Look back to 2009, when attendance was dropping, and it might help one feel better about the state of virtualization adoption, the economy or simply the enduring appeal of Sin City. Either way, I think it’s a win.
Among the 20,000 in attendance will be myself, Mr. Denny of SQL Server fame and a large contingent of top-notch reporters and editors from SearchVirtualization, already on the ground in force. Follow their coverage at SearchVMworld2011.com.
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We’re always striving to find new ways for community members to share knowledge with one another. In Parts 1 & 2 of Mike Malesevich’s posts on system documentation, he has compiled lists of what your system documentation should include, and what the process should look like. That’s where you come in: We want to hear from you about your own processes of system documentation. Share with us what it looks like, what your obstacles are, and what you’ve found works for you. Leave this information in the comments section so we can soon compile it into a living wiki for everyone to access. Have questions? Let me know at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Read 5 Things Your System Documentation Should Be – Part 1.
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I have suggested five components of an application documentation set. This configuration provides a structured organization, covers a wide range of clients, and minimizes overlap. Not every application will require all the components.
Now, I will describe the components in more detail.
We’re always striving to find new ways for community members to share knowledge with one another. In Parts 1 & 2 of Mike Malesevich’s posts on system documentation, he has compiled lists of what your system documentation should include, and what the process should look like. That’s where you come in: We want to hear from you about your own processes of system documentation. Share with us what it looks like, what your obstacles are, and what you’ve found works for you. Leave this information in the comments section so we can soon compile it into a living wiki for everyone to access. Have questions? Let me know at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.
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While documentation doesn’t necessarily make the world go ’round, it certainly keeps it spinning neatly on its axis when trouble arises. If you’re providing a product or service, you should be providing your customers with accurate information that allows them to effectively use and maintain that product, which translates into accurate and thorough documentation.
When an IT project begins, there is normally time allocated for documentation purposes, however, as development issues crop up, time is often siphoned out of the documentation components and allocated elsewhere.
Just after writing about HP’s successes in the enterprise services market, I came across Michael Arrington’s plea for HP to continue making the TouchPad. He really, really wanted his own foray into the tablet market, the ill-fated CrunchPad, to work, and he sees this as an opportunity to promote some sort of spiritual successor. He even modified the headline from “Dear HP: Please Keep Making Those TouchPads” to “Dear HP: Please Keep Making Those CrunchPads! Er…TouchPads” (see the URL). Continued »
HP ditching a low-margin business to focus on new software initiatives? Sure sounded a lot like the recent headlines could have applied to HP’s inroads in the networking business, which have come largely at the cost of undercutting Cisco’s networking, storage and server markets in a brutal price war. And while the real (first) victims were HP’s market-dominating consumer PC division and its nascent attempts at mobile greatness, WebOS, my curiosity was piqued: What will happen to HP’s corporate hardware, now that it’s becoming a corporate software company? Continued »