Windows 8 In Enterprises: Seeking Killer Apps
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7/21/2012 | 1:47:26 AM
re: Windows 8 In Enterprises: Seeking Killer Apps

I agree with the two poster already. Very good read. But, I wouldn't say that WP7.x was a developer failure. The apps store grew to 100K apps almost as fast as the iPhone yet faster than Android. Hopefully, this will be a great sign for WP8, which now supports the all important native code, multicores and external storage.

In terms of the enterprise, MS clearly has the edge. They're the only company that has end-to-end solutions across the entire device stack, a mature cloud presence, and the security and productivity suites to sell to enterprises.

Let's hope that MS executes well on achieving this vision. But I believe that their over all success in the enterprise will be tied to their ability to create a new connection with the consumer that carries over into the enterprise. In other words, MS has to cater to the consumer much more than they have in the past, which in my opinion means moving more and more into being a hardware company, assuming their OEMs do not step forward quickly to help them realize this vision.
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7/20/2012 | 1:44:17 PM
re: Windows 8 In Enterprises: Seeking Killer Apps
Josh, great article and you are correct. Microsoft wants the world to believe that it has found gold and has the right strategy to go get it. However, Microsoft has a varied history when it comes to focus and execution on a plan. They have become viewed more like the shifting sands of the Sahara as opposed to, say, Apple that is viewed as building an empire with a long lasting legacy.
Steve Wiseman
Steve Wiseman,
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7/19/2012 | 6:36:56 PM
re: Windows 8 In Enterprises: Seeking Killer Apps
Hi Josh,

Good article, but as I see it the gamble by MS is huge. I don't think this is going to turn out good either.

Why? Just like you said - you never got to see how well Windows 8 phone compared to the Windows 8 OS. A lot of this stuff we have never seen - a ton.

Surface...looks great right? But has anyone actually been able to try it out? No...why not?

This whole thing scares me right now...because my company depends on the MS ecosystem. I think MS is making some very dangerous moves. Announcing products way before they are ready to demo. Vague details. Not listening to customers at all (Windows 8 / 2012, no start menu?)

To me it looks like their vision is users in the corporate world will no longer have a mouse, and use their hands with their 23" screen. Not going to happen any time soon.

Been in this biz for a long time...and every time I see moves like this from a technology company it is a complete disaster. They should have never made such drastic changes to the Windows desktop. They should have had a tablet/phone edition, and slowly made interface changes to the desktop edition.

I am telling you right now...the huge change in the Windows desktop will keep it out of corporations for years and years. Just imagine the pitchforks when users have to use touch like gestures (with their mouse) to just get their computer to shutdown (If you use Windows 8 you will know about this hide and seek game I am talking about..very frustrating for the average user)

Mark my words. Unless the final version has a way of 'easing' the user into the new metro interface (or disabling it totally) this will be a disaster of epic proportions.

Steve Wiseman

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