The Push For Windows 10 Continues!
Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8, as well as older versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, IE 8, IE 9, and IE 10. For end users, that doesn’t mean the software instantly becomes non-functional, but that it will longer be updated with bug fixes or other security patches. Continue reading
Millions of users yet to upgrade to Windows 10
An interesting set of stats released by NetMarketShare, a leading U.S based operating system and browser usage tracker, shows that Windows 10 adoption growth has somewhat slowed recently as opposed to expected adoption rates. Such operating system usage information is valuable for any individual, company or organization that provides I.T client services that are to some extent dependent on a user’s computer operating system. This partly explains why for example, IT training institutions like us at LGIT, still offer training services on older products like Microsoft Office 2010, yet Office 2016 is now already available. Continue reading
The future of windows app development is here
The launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 10, might seem at face value, just a release of yet another operating system by the software giant. The launch of the Windows 10 operating system actually marks yet another leap by Microsoft to solidify the Universal App platform that allows you to build native apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. These same apps can also be consumed on Windows Phone mobile platform. To this end Microsoft has released an MCSD Developer certification to accompany this commitment. Continue reading
PC users have traditionally relied upon an iOS or Android companion device to reap the productivity benefits of BYOD, but the touch-enabled interface enabled by Windows 8 eliminates the numerous challenges of this approach.
With the Windows 8.1 update scheduled for general availability in mere months, it’s important to understand what to expect from the new system. Windows 8.1 provides enterprise-level upgrades that give users a consistent computing experience across devices, but it may require infrastructure upgrades to experience the full benefits of the platform.
A significant upgrade
While 8.1 is not a completely new operating system, it is a significant upgrade, and shouldn’t be viewed simply as a service pack.
Below is a list of 10 ways that Windows 8.1 can benefit the enterprise:
Summary: Are you a desktop die-hard? If you’ve got no use for the Start screen and Metro-style apps, I have some good news for you. Windows 8.1 has a handful of interface tweaks you can make that will put the Windows desktop back in charge. Here’s what you need to do to make Windows 8.1 work like Windows 7 (almost). [Updated for final release]
In unveiling Windows 8.1 earlier this year, Microsoft executives said, “We’re listening to feedback.” That’s a polite way of saying they were trying to avoid being splattered by a barrage of rotten tomatoes.
Some of the most vocal complaints—sorry, feedback—came from longtime Windows users who wanted the good parts of Windows 8 without sacrificing the familiar Windows 7 desktop. Responding to that complaint was the impetus behind Microsoft’s decision to restore the Start button in Windows 8.1 to its traditional place at the left side of the taskbar.
Here’s what you need to do to make Windows 8.1 as desktop-friendly as possible. Note that all of the features I describe here are new or significantly changed in Windows 8.1 compared to Windows 8.
The initial preview release of Windows 8.1 was for home and small office users using Windows 8 Pro. Like the initial preview releases of Windows 8, the consumer 8.1 doesn’t have all the business features of its Enterprise counterpart; features that IT professionals will want to evaluate before deploying the update in their networks. So it wasn’t surprising that Microsoft recently rolled out a second Windows 8.1 preview, this time of its Enterprise SKU.
Available only to businesses with Windows Software Assurance, Windows 8.1 Enterprise builds on the consumer Windows 8.1 with a selection of additional enterprise tools. These include the USB-bootable Windows To Go, secure remote access to corporate networks with DirectAccess, and support for VDI installations. If you’ve deployed Windows 8 Enterprise you’ll find many of the same features in 8.1, with performance and user interface tweaks.