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Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
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vdx660
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vdx660,
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5/19/2013 | 6:02:40 AM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
Microsoft should just have redesigned Windows Blue or probably Windows 8 to take the strengths of both Non-Touch (Start Menu) and Touch (Start Screen) merged them into one screen instead of having two separate ones as shown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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5/16/2013 | 4:50:48 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
For those of you concerned about tablets (ie, android, etc) and phones connecting over public wifi, negate all the VPN headaches and install GOOD Technology. We finally got a secure, segregated way to have our personal/work related data to commingle. So we looked at a solution to alleviate the VPN concern, because you cannot protect your users everywhere outside of the office you control. My 2cents.
Onyemobi Anyiwo
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Onyemobi Anyiwo,
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5/15/2013 | 8:51:29 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
Onyemobi Anyiwo
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Onyemobi Anyiwo,
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5/15/2013 | 8:47:26 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
It seems as though they are taking your advice and releasing it for free to people who currently have Windows 8
TerryB
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TerryB,
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5/15/2013 | 5:05:26 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
For enterprise use, people seem to be overlooking a key issue in MS offering phone and tablet o/s which is Windows. Forget the merits of whether Win 8 is better or worse than Win 7 (or even XP), Microsoft has had it's wins and losses on versions over the years. They will have more going forward, no one hits home run every time.
What Win 8 offers is a secure way to connect phones and tablets to an Active Directory RADIUS Wi-Fi network. At our company, this is the "standard" for setting up Wi-Fi. Right now, our policy is we don't support tablets and phones connecting to local Wi-Fi because Android and iPhone can not join an AD domain to use RADIUS. So as a developer, even though I have tools now (Sencha Ext JS/Touch) to extend my applications to Touch devices, none of them can connect to use them. Well, unless I use a reverse proxy to make my internal server to public internet and use public (or cellular) Wi-Fi.
These devices need to connect to local internal Wi-Fi and have good VPN software for internal access to server from public Wi-Fi. Right now that doesn't exist with tablets and phones.
AustinIT
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AustinIT,
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5/14/2013 | 10:24:44 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
I use Office on my Lumia 920 all the time. Particularly Outlook, One Note, and Word. On occasion, I run a Power Point pres. Hardly every use Excel (on the phone) though.

There is a huge upside to having the same UX across all devices.
crazycolaist
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5/14/2013 | 9:26:08 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
ofc it will be free dohnut

w8 is microsofts first attempt at the new technology game with tablets etc etc. give them a break. i think its not bad (not great) windows blue will correct the problems.
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GBARRINGTON196,
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5/14/2013 | 4:23:10 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
I might accept Win8.1 for free, if, IF, it doesn't screw up my system restore partitioning where HP placed my Win7 stuff. Frankly, I want to be able to get whole again, if I need to. Do I trust Microsoft? Not really.

But also MS needs to understand, I'm always going to have Google/Android as a part of my computing life, my phone and my tablet will remain Android. That will NOT go away unless Google really screws up and produces an Android 8.0
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melgross,
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5/14/2013 | 2:09:10 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
If Microsoft does release Blue for free, it wouldn't be a precedent. Apple did this with OS X. They charged for the first version, but then gave 10.1 away for free.

But there is no saying that Microsoft's vision is workable. The only devices so far that use Win 8 are conventional computers, and tablets. But RT is not Windows, and the Win Phone isn't Windows, no matter how hard they try to convince people they are. A defining factor is that they don't run the same software. If they don't, then they aren't the same OS, no matter what the underlying tech might be.

Apple recognizes this with iOS and OS X. Inside, it's the same kernel, but the UI, and other services are different enough so that the software is completely different. This makes sense. No one really wants to run Office on their Win Phone. And from sales, it's possible they don't want to run them on their tablets either.

It seems to me that Microsoft was forced into their "vision". They had little presence in smartphones, no presence in tablets, and Metro, as used in the Zune HD, had failed. By forcing it on users of Windows, they believe that they will want it on their phones and tablets as well. That's really what this is about. They can see that smartphones and tablets are the future, and they couldn't figure out how to get there without leveraging Windows once again, an OS they think no one can do without.
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Palpatine,
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5/14/2013 | 2:06:44 PM
re: Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
More important, they need to make Blue a worthy update rather than a disappointing misstep like 8 is.


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