November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

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November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby webmaster » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:17 am

November 17, 2012 - Dave Isbitski presents "An Introduction to Windows 8 Apps"

This Session will give an overview of the new Windows 8 Platform. We will cover using the new Window 8 UI, what makes a good Windows App, what has changed in the development platform and the new Windows Store.

Dave Isbitski is a Technology Evangelist with Microsoft covering Windows 8. He enjoys talking about technology and has taught full-day courses on numerous Microsoft topics as well as being a presenter at VSLive!,ReMix, XAMLFest, CodeCamps and other community events. He posts frequently to his blog blogs.msdn.com/davedev and can be found on twitter at @TheDaveDev.
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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:25 am

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen has presented a rather scathing summary of Windows 8. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/windows-8.html

I believe that some of the criticism could just be attributed to the "newness" of the product. With time, the user will become accustomed to the new format. But, if it is true when he says that, "Windows" no longer supports multiple windows on the screen", then this is a major drawback! I may not totally understand what he is saying, as I have not played extensively with Windows 8. Does this mean that I can't go into a Browser and open several websites at once? What would be preventing me from doing that?

Perhaps someone can explain.

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:55 am

"One of the worst aspects of Windows 8 for power users is that the product's very name has become a misnomer. "Windows" no longer supports multiple windows on the screen. Win8 does have an option to temporarily show a second area in a small part of the screen, but none of our test users were able to make this work. Also, the main UI restricts users to a single window, so the product ought to be renamed "Microsoft Window."- Dave Isbitski

From what I understand the multiple windows limitation in Windows 8 may not be as bad as it sounds. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSXMh3U9_4

In Metro, you can snap another application onto the main window.

Going into the "Windows 7" Desktop mode, you can pull in a number of windows, and do resizing as usual. Multiple browser windows are also possible, as in Windows 7.

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:26 am

Windows 8- The Winter of Discontent

I remember when Apple first announced they would no longer provide a built-in floppy disk drive for any of their new machines, a great cry went up from the user base. “How can we live without our floppy?” Apple had realized that the medium was going the way of the dinosaur, and simply could not hold the large amounts of data that were going to be required in the near future. They were right, and their decision proved justified.

Now Microsoft envisions the future of computers to have the form-factor of touch screen tablets and smart phones. To get a jump on the Industry, they've released Windows 8. There will be an initial “transition period” of frustration, but they hope that sometime down the road their decision will also prove to be justified.

Each month since the introduction of Windows 8, our PACS Windows SIG leader has spent a good deal of his time trying to defend Windows 8 from a barrage of questions and complaints launched by frustrated early adopters of the OS. Critics can also be found on YouTube and other Internet sources.

See: Windows 8: The Animated Evaluation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYet-qf1jo

I've been following another interesting and funny series of videos about a guy who introduces a number of operating systems to his non-technical, but intelligent Mum(Mom). See Mum Tries out Windows 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ujmDrcKWo8

My main concern is not focused on individual private users, but to ask, “What will Enterprise do?” The end of Microsoft Windows XP Support will occur on Tuesday, 8 April 2014. So far, every supermarket, every hospital, and every bank I enter is still using Windows XP Professional. Enterprise tends to be very conservative and parochial. Will they accept Windows 8 as the next step up? They don't buy or lease their computers from Staples or Walmart, buying just what's on the shelves, or what's “on sale” that week. They go to an O.E.M. like Dell to customize and tailor the computers to their needs. When the ill-fated “VISTA” started appearing on new computers, there was a rush to “downgrade” back to XP, and Dell offered this choice to users. Currently, Dell is doing something similar for Windows 7 and Windows 8. What will Industry do in this “pinch”?

In the meantime, the new Linux Ubuntu and Mint distributions are really good, really complete, and are free. Will Industry be brave enough, and frustrated enough to embrace an alternative to Windows?

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:07 pm

HP is offering Industry their Workplace Software Management Services for a new operating system when XP is no longer supported. Guess what? It's Windows 7!

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solut ... gQxF233Ph6

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:10 pm

Here is an interesting twist!

http://app.response.quest.com/e/es.aspx?s=2149&e=192971&elq=fe88d0a118ee4625b187e93463982821

Dell asks, "Is the release of Windows 8.1 delaying your migration away from Windows XP?"

They are guessing that, "Chances are, you will move to a hybrid Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1 OS environment".

Decisions, decisions...

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:45 am

I just came across an interesting post from HP http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2013/08/15/how-the-evolution-of-security-threats-impacts-businesses.aspx stating that "Windows 7 is 6x more likely than Windows 8 to be infected by malware". That's encouraging news for Windows 8, but what's to be said to all of us still using Windows 7, or contemplating a Windows 7 migration from XP ?

There is also a very nice chart included on "The Evolution of Security Threats". It provides a great timeline of what faced us in the past, and where security threats are going.

This review is certainly worth a look. I wonder though if the original premise of Windows 7 being 6x more likely than Windows 8 to be infected by malware" is derived from the fact that Windows 8 hasn't been around long enough for the hackers to uncover the new vulnerabilities yet. :shock: :-)

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:45 pm

Some interesting statistics and figures from HP at http://h30458.www3.hp.com/us/us/smb/Choosing-between-Windows-7-or-8.1_1353357.html?jumpid=em_taw_US_dec13_psg_2162010_hpgl_us_1353357_0&DIMID=EMID:1174228866&DICID=taw_jan14&OID=10451612&mrm=1-4BVUP

Namely: The ending dates for Microsoft Mainstream support of their current OS's. See Windows 7. :( http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle

Also, there is a link showing that Windows 7 adoption is still growing faster that Windows 8. http://bgr.com/2013/10/01/windows-8-market-share-adoption/

Check it out

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:38 pm

An interesting post on CNETTV http://cnettv.cnet.com/ today relayed the news that HP is resurrecting Windows 7 PC's "By Popular Demand". http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-576174 ... CNETUpdate

This is especially interesting when one considers my previous post of this thread which indicates that Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 15, 2015. That's next year!! http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle

Decisions! Decisions! :roll:

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Re: November 2012 - Dave Isbitski - Windows 8 Apps

Postby Ron_Kushnier » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:50 pm

The discussion continues with several questions on the Ask Leo Forum http://answercast.askleo.com/answercast-144-windows-8-downgrades-outlook-express-imports-avoiding-images-bouncing-emails-and-more/

Topics include:
Windows 8 to Windows 7 downgrade techniques
What about all those Cash Machines running Windows XP? http://askleo.com/what-about-all-those-cash-machines-running-windows-xp/?awt_l=BAL_U&awt_m=JHRT5zdunJdfbL

Ask Leo is a great resource when the PACS meetings get Snowed Out :P

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