Windows 8 is just Windows…

Well with all the hoopla that Redmond would have us believe. All the hype, all the screenshots. I must admit they had me fooled. I thought my Windows was gone. Thank you Microsoft, for leaving the Window wide open!! It’s nice to be back home because the Metro

 Windows 8 System Settings

Windows 8 System Settings

(call it what you want) interface is not as productive for the buisness PC user, as it is for a Surface user. It’s certainly not as elegant a solution as OSX’s Launchpad. Microsoft should have given people a choice before forcing a default tablet interface in place of the start menu. I am sure many a CIO cursed Microsoft, but I am here to tell everyone it’s all for not. Yes, you can certainly have back the corporate desktop environment. It’s just being snarky and hidden. Behold! The goodness, pay no attention to the Window behind the mask… move along…move along…these are not the icons you are looking for! I was able to get to the desktop fairly simple because the basic mechanics of Aero’s interface from Windows 7 is still the same. You can access the programs from a start menu. You can install the same Windows enhancements such as Roboform, and browser add-ons. You can even stick your My Computer to your new Start (Metro) interface (see below).

Desktop and Start Menu without the button!

It’s interesting why they didn’t choose to replace all the underpinnings with a more secure model. All your files and command prompts are available for the buggering by viruses. It’s as secure than Windows x.x. My favorite options are adding the normal desktop options to the new Desktop Start page as seen in the screenshots. Now its not only cool that you can now customize your new Windows 8 experience, but you can still access the Control Panel, install IIS 8 maybe, access the Administrator Tools, some very wicked new tools in the Control Panel, and even the Task Manager is cooler. All in all its shaping up to be a great Friday! Take a look at some of the screenshots. To get to this interface, launch the desktop from your Start Page, Open Internet Explorer, In the address field, type C:\Windows\Explorer.exe hit enter, choose Run from the security prompt and you are back in the back office of windows. The corner hotspots still work. It’s all smoke and mirrors magic! Check out more images.

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Android OS will never succeed in the Enterprise…

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I have worked in the computer industry a  long time, even before AOL, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Groupon, and even 90% of the current computer users and half of those 90% weren’t even born yet.  Computers were expensive, not very many features, and lacked a complete overall understanding by most people around the world.  It was a mystery box. CD-ROM drives had not been invented yet, the 3.5″ diskette ruled the day having replaced the stalwart 5″ floppy disk. The 20MB drive was all the rage at local computer shows where 50 or so computer geeks would gather to share software and scanned images found on some bulletin board(BBS) in the Netherlands. CompuServe and Prodigy ruled the BBS world with bulletin board access to leave message posted so you check the next day for an answer. It was amazing dialing in with a 1200 baud modem the size of a toaster. IBM was hyping the OS/2 operating system stating it was much more stable, faster processing, and simple to use than the leading computer OS. The problem was it was impossible to program for, it was far too complex for normal consumers who couldn’t even use an ATM, it had virtually no support in the way of add on tools, software, or an easy office software package that worked together seamlessly. The DOS/Windows PC was very new, multimedia (buzzword)  was just about to take off with the SoundBlaster card but people didn’t know what it was, how to use it, and so they proceeded to climb up the Windows hill to now.

Now jump forward several decades to today and we have a similar issue of hype.  All this hype that surrounds the Android OS. Yes, it’s open source (buzzword), capable of some quick processing, but consumer usability is not its strong point. Configurability and usability are two different monsters for consumers. There are several  types of consumers. “The Mistake Buyers” The one that heard it was what they needed so they, their family must have it.  Another  is the “Tinkering Geek” that must have the  latest bleeding edge. The “First Year PEBKAC Power-user” who “knows more than you do, belittles your 20 years of knowledge, but comes asking for help every time the computer “did something” “ I just turned it on”, yet you find every downloaded virus ever conceived on their PC. Then finally, we have the “Solid State “if it isn’t broke, don’t mess with it” Computer User”.  This is the kind of user that can listen to a computer and just know what’s wrong and fix it themselves. Which one of these computer users are going to use Android OS? Umm… none intentionally except for maybe the “First Year PEBKAC Power-user”. That person will most likely encounter it on their new shiny phone because they heard it was better than the iPhone, but soon found as I did just by counting only 1600 apps in the Marketplace (800 games, 800 applications) compared to their iPhone friend who had 350,000 apps (and counting) to choose from. This person claims there are a million android apps (count’em ).

The normal consumer is going to gravitate to the easiest, most popular computing platform, that has the most practical choices.  AOL provided an easy (single disk, then CD) way to get Windows online for a decade till the masses “learned” and at least got familiar with their ISP’s and mice. Then along came the laptop pc to take everywhere you go, then wireless, then cell phones, then smartphones, and now tablets. Android is certainly not going to find its way into the enterprise anytime in the next decade. Apple beat it to the punch. And like the PC, enterprise workers needed to expand their skills so they bought a computer like the one they had at work so they could “self-learn” to stay ahead. Now enterprises are choosing iPhones and iPads. With the massive choice of iOS versus Android OS, it’s like Windows and OS/2 all over again. The shiny new faster nimble “green” OS that is better technology or  you have the easy, friendly, “cute bird throwing game,” toting OS that has all you need now on store shelves capable of working with everything even replacing your remote control, (ahem..except flash…but who really cares now that YouTube supports HTML5). But hey! I hear there’s an App for that!