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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…

Microsoft Plans a Hollow Start Button for Windows 8

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Microsoft will restore the Start button to Windows 8, though it won’t lead to a Start menu as previous versions did. Instead, the button, which will look like Windows 7’s version, will take users to the Windows 8 Start screen, according to the Verge. At ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley says the button supposedly wasn’t originally part of the Windows build, but is indeed looking more likely. Here’s the thing: A Start button that doesn’t include a menu is disingenuous. It… continue…

Here’s Why IT Shouldn’t Write Off Windows 8

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Back in October I speculated that the enterprise will have to support Windows 8 whether it wants to or not. If anything, the plain old consumerization of IT will force technology departments to integrate it into employee preferences with corporate solutions. At the time, there wasn’t a clear consensus on the what value Windows 8 would add to the enterprise and no one had yet seen the Microsoft Surface Pro, but now things are a lot different. Many of us… continue…

Microsoft’s App Incentive Won’t Excite Many Developers

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Is Microsoft’s incentive program for app developers a sign of desperation? The software giant’s offering developers $100 for each app published in the Windows and Windows Phone stores. The cash is limited to $1,000 per store. It’s part of a campaign to take a bigger share of the market that’s overwhelmingly dominated by Apple and Google. By some estimates, there could be as many as 800,000 apps out there, but not many of them are built for Windows. There are… continue…

Microsoft’s Simple Slip Crashes Azure Worldwide

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On Friday, a lapsed security certificate brought down Microsoft’s Azure worldwide. Would you be shocked to learn that the same thing happened less than a year ago? On Feb. 29, 2012, Azure went down worldwide. The reason … wait for it … a certificate issue. Cloud outages like this strike fear in the hearts of IT directors and CIOs. And for good reason: When Azure goes down, critical business applications and data become unavailable, and every minute costs companies untold… continue…

Multilanguage Windows 8 Doesn’t Equal OS X

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Windows 8′s multilanguage support may not be a big deal to many people, but if you live in a country whose language isn’t your own, or you have a multilingual family, it has enormous potential. If you can get through the installation. Microsoft’s history with multiple-language versions of Windows is brief. Actually, it’s close to non-existent. Before Windows 7, the company all but said that it couldn’t be done. Each country’s Windows was too dissimilar from others’ to allow for… continue…

How Windows XP Boots Take Years Off Your Life

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Windows XP boots slowly. When it was released in 2001 by Microsoft, customers were demanding stability, not a speedy start-up. Besides, speed was relative and XP booted about as fast as WinNT or Windows Me. But now XP is a dinosaur and the iPad’s instant-on recalibrated expectations about how fast a computer should be ready to use after you turn it on. Depending on the number of applications set to launch, XP can take two, three or even five minutes to… continue…

Will Windows Blue Be Worth Waiting For?

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A couple months back, I wrote about Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch and what I hoped was the company’s first step into the future. I also wondered whether Windows 8 wasn’t akin to Vista. It appears that I wasn’t entirely wrong. The scuttlebutt now is that Microsoft is working on a new Windows OS, codenamed Windows Blue, or Windows 9 Dev, which will  be released at some point this year. It seems that this is the start of a series of… continue…

About Windows 8: It’s the Interface, Stupid.

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Microsoft has plenty of reasons to worry about Windows 8. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the company is spending on marketing, initial surveys of IT buyers suggest a reception that’s cool at best. Last quarter, about 24 percent of more than 1,200 North American and European hardware purchasers said they had no plans to migrate to Windows 8, though they expect they will at some point. David Johnson of Forrester Research, which conducted the survey, said only 4… continue…

Windows 8 is Schizophrenic for a Reason

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All of Microsoft’s ruckus about its brand spanking new Windows 8 hides a basic truth: This is really two distinct operating systems sharing the same computer, and it’s most obvious during boot. A month ago, I upgraded an Asus Eee PC running Windows 7 Starter to Windows 8. When it boots I see the new Windows Logo, the login screen and then, for a split second, my old Windows 7 desktop and background before the Windows 8 background lays on… continue…