Tag Archives: Microsoft Windows 8

Is Windows 8 the new Vista? (Redux)

Paul Thurrott has been posting recently that inside Microsoft people are referring to Windows 8/8.1 as “Vista”.  Of course many outsiders (but not me) have referred to it as being as bad as Vista ever since Windows 8 was revealed … Continue reading

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What if Microsoft had done Windows 8 differently?

A comment Matt Rosoff over on CITEworld’s re-publication of my post on Microsoft’s current approach to developer (and other customer) engagement inspired me to do a thought experiment.  What if Microsoft had approached “Windows 8″ differently?  There are a number … Continue reading

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A little commentary on recent Microsoft news

After a flurry of activity I expect my blogging to be light until the end of the year.  For example, I find myself with only 45 minutes to spare today.  But I did want to comment on a few things … Continue reading

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Media Center, DVD Playback, and Microsoft’s Media Strategy

There is quite a bit of noise in the system after Microsoft’s announcement this week that Windows Media Center would be a separate add-on to Windows 8, and even more noise regarding the decision to remove DVD playback from Windows … Continue reading

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Fewer Windows 8 Editions, thankfully

Well, one of the shoes I mentioned has dropped and I pretty much got this prediction right.  We are down to the logical number of editions for Windows.  The “new” one for ARM-based systems, mainstream Windows, Pro, and Enterprise.  The one … Continue reading

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The Corruption of “Release Candidate”

With various news reports that a “Release Candidate” or RC of Windows 8 is due in May or June it is useful to reflect on how that term has been corrupted over the years, particularly by Microsoft’s Windows team. Once … Continue reading

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How many more Windows 8 shoes are left to drop?

Now that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been picked apart the question I’m asking is how many more shoes are there left to drop?  As we’ve all seen, the current Microsoft philosophy (particularly for  the Windows group) is to only … Continue reading

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Dear Developer, excuse me while I slap you silly

Today I’m going to abandon my usual balanced friendly analysis approach and play devil’s advocate, because I think there is an audience that needs a wakeup call.    No it’s not developers of consumer apps, I think they’ve already gotten it.  … Continue reading

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Windows 8 is not all about Tablets, it’s about the future

What we know about Windows 8, mostly driven by the Developer Preview but also by various comments from Microsoft, is quite polarizing.  The most controversial aspects are around the move to the new Metro app model and user experience.  Many … Continue reading

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Will Enterprises (aka Business) buy Windows 8?

There has always been a significant divergence in PC Software buying behavior between Consumer and Enterprises.  Today we see lines at Apple stores to purchase the latest ithingy when they go on sale at midnight, but in 1995 that was … Continue reading

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