Windows Desktop

Information on Microsoft’s OS, including corporate deployments, troubleshooting, performance and discussion of everything under the hood.

Why You Might Want to Hold Off Developing Apps for Windows 8

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Microsoft executives have spent the past year and a half promoting Windows 8’s app store, in the hope that third-party developers would create a thriving ecosystem of games and productivity software. What’s the result of all that time and energy? As InfoWorld relates in a new posting, some 150,000 apps currently reside in the Windows Store—not a very impressive number, when you consider the number of Windows devices currently on the market, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of… continue…

Why Windows Developers Should Learn Android

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As more PC makers load Android into their desktops, it might be a good time for Windows developers to become familiar with Google’s OS. Earlier this month, Hewlett Packard unveiled its first commercial Android All in One PC – the HP Slate21 Pro AiO. The desktop is designed to provide simple integration with Android-based phones and tablets, as well as automatically sync with Google Cloud Services. Meanwhile, Asus has its Transformer AiO P1801 and Lenovo its N308. David Chie, president… continue…

Is Microsoft Virtual Desktop 2012 Ready for Primetime?

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Microsoft is lagging behind two powerhouses. I’m not talking about Windows Phone, the Microsoft Surface, or even its rank among browser use. The battle for third is in the virtualization environment. Microsoft is a distance behind Citrix and VMware. Why is that? Partly because Microsoft Virtual Desktop 2012 is still a relative newcomer to virtualizing and streaming the desktop. If you’ve spent any time with Microsoft Virtual Desktop 2008, then you may remember it was an overly complicated deployment. But a… continue…

Is VMware Horizon View Better Than XENDesktop?

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As I wrote in a previous post, Citrix is the first name that’s invoked when discussing the virtual desktop. By far, though, it’s not the only company the delivers a virtual desktop to users. Microsoft VDI with RemoteFX, Red Hat Vitalization for Desktops, Dell/Quest vWorkspace, Desktone and VMware Horizon View all provide reliable, robust desktops too, but with far different architectures. As synonymous as Citrix is to the virtual desktop, VMware is to the virtual server. Practically inventing an industry,… continue…

Is Citrix the Best Remote Server?

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This is the first in a series comparing the strengths and weaknesses of virtualized desktops. The three main players in virtual desktop integration (VDI) are Citrix, VMWare and Microsoft. Because it was first in the game, Citrix is often cited as the main player. I’m first reviewing Citrix XEN Desktop, then VMWare’s Horizon View and finally Microsoft’s VDI. Citrix is often the first name invoked when someone’s considering a virtualized desktop solution. Though the company’s been around since 1989, the… continue…

Microsoft Workers Worry Most About Re-Org

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Microsoft workers are “unsettled but optimistic about change,” according to a report on the mood of the tech giant’s 97,000 employees. The report, published by Reuters, says workers are more concerned about a pending reorganization that’s likely to result in thousands of workers moving to a new division than they are about the Redmond’s Nokia acquisition or even the pending departure of CEO Steve Ballmer. Says Reuters: “Like Wall Street, there was initial euphoria with the announcement for employees,” said… continue…

Is Microsoft Finally Listening to Customers?

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I have been using Windows 8.1 for the past several weeks and against the advice from pundits — and even Microsoft — I installed it on my production PC, an Acer Aspire One laptop. The Start button has returned as advertised, but it’s mostly cosmetic. You swipe down to the left to bring up the Start screen just like you did with Windows 8, it would seem to serve no purpose other than to reassure old-Windows customers. But there’s more… continue…

Three MOOC Classes for Windows Desktop

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Massive Open Online Classes – popularly known as MOOCs – are growing in scope. That’s a good thing for people who are looking for mostly free ways to enhance their knowledge on topics from general business to narrow technologies. While some charge a fee, most don’t. We’re all busy, but it’s nice to have educational options which only require an investment in time. Here are three free MOOCs IT professionals may want to consider. Operating Systems [Saylor.org] For those of… continue…

The Stupification of Graphical User Interfaces

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A long time ago simply having a GUI was amazing to those that used it, or a toy to the few million Microsoft DOS users who made up the majority of computer users. But those that preferred a Command Line Interface (CLI) always crowed that they could do things far faster by typing than by using a mouse, and for a subset of them (those that could type 40+ wpm, spent ~30+ hours per week using a CLI, and could… continue…

What Microsoft Should Improve with Windows Blue/8.1

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By now you’ve heard that Microsoft plans to release significant changes to Windows in time for Christmas. Without giving specifics Tami Reller, the head of marketing and finance for the Windows business, told the Financial Times that ‘key aspects’ of how the software is used will be changed.” The update is codenamed Windows Blue and according to Tami Reller, it’s a significant upgrade but falls short of a full release, so it will be free to customers who have already purchased Windows… continue…