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Bharghava
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10/2/2014 | 11:21:18 AM
Windows 9?
What happened to Windows 9?
Lorna Garey
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10/2/2014 | 11:36:19 AM
Unified experience
"Rumors have claimed for months that Microsoft plans to merge its three platforms -- Windows, Windows RT, and Window Phone -- into a single platform. CEO Satya Nadella alluded to this plan over the summer, and during the Windows 10 reveal, Terry Myerson made it official: Windows 10 will run on everything from smartphones to 80-inch screens to Internet of Things-themed industrial devices, but it will present a tailored UI for each type of device."

Does that mean that if I have a file on SkyDrive that I started working on on my laptop, say, I could access it on my Win Phone? Or, if I take a photo on my phone, can I grab it from a tablet or desktop?

Or is the merger only in terms of a common interface?
Phil C.
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10/2/2014 | 11:37:10 AM
Re: Windows 9?
Maybe Windows 9 is being marketed as "Windows 8.1".  Just a guess.
AnujN451
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10/2/2014 | 11:44:31 AM
Compatibility
Initial compatibility issues are a major concern. I'm not even sure whether I can get access to my internet service provider, once if I try the new upgrade.   
Phil C.
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10/2/2014 | 11:58:35 AM
More unappealing than appealing
Microsoft has become enamored of touch-centric interfaces.  I've used both mouse/trackball-centered and touch-centered interfaces, and the the touch-centered interfaces are, by far, the slowest and least productive, with the highest error rates.  For graphics and engineering design work they are utterly useless.  This new obsession is an echo of Microsoft's earlier obsession with the Web of 18-20 years ago, when Windows XP was brought out, making everything Web-centric.  In the real world users don't work in Web-centric or touch-centric environments.  This is utter lunacy, a result of a marketing department that is out of touch with their customers.  The reason Microsoft gets away with it is because they're currently the 800-pound gorilla in the consumer computing world, although that gorilla may have shed 50-100 pounds since they foisted Vista on their customer base.  This is reflected in institutional users clinging to Windows XP, switching from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice or LibreOffice, and abandoning Microsoft for Apple or Linux.

Another drawback of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 8 came out is a deliberate move to shut out third-party software and build a "walled garden", where only Microsoft-branded programs run optimally, or run at all.  They are trying to copy Apple's business model, which might work fine for the basic user who doesn't need much more than an email program, a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation manager, but it doesn't meet the needs of "power users" who use computers outside that narrow range.  As a result of this shift in policy, I and many other Microsoft clients are gradually abandoning them and moving to systems such as Linux, where serious users aren't subject to the whims of non-technical marketing executives and software that runs today can be expected to still run and be useful five to ten years from now.
Tech Since 1980
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10/2/2014 | 12:03:58 PM
Utility is not Microsoft's Focus
Microsoft broke into the market by building the absolute best software.  Up until the early years of this millennium they continued the trend.  Then they exhausted their list of "gotta-have" new features.

Now they focus 90% of their efforts on building products overburdened with flashy junk to impress newbies and high level management.  The core functionality is still there, but experienced users have to spend "forever" trying to find out where they hid them.

I've been coding SQL for 15 years.  SQL Server 2012's management console significanty slows down my development.  (So much so that I develop in SS 2008 and transfer the code to 2012 on my customer's machines.)  There are extra keystrokes to do many of the common functions and so many stupid little pop-ups that it drives me nuts.  (SQL is SQL, your miracle worker techs still have to code, down and dirty.)  But here's the bottom line:

Their products demo incredibly well to newly minted MBA's as well as C level managers.  Both these types of folks look at all the wizards and shortcuts and think "WOW, now I can do a bunch of this stuff on my own without having to know much about the system or the underlying data.  And if it's easier for me, it's gotta be a lot easier for my techs!"  Wrong.

I was a marketing support tech, (read, I gave customer demos for one of the Big 3 IT companies) for 10 years before I went into pure tech.  I WOULD LOVE TO DEMO AND SELL MICROSOFT'S NEW PRODUCTS!  But I don't recommend that any of my friends or better customers upgrade unless a specific new feature is a mission critical game changer.


Microsoft is still one of the best run companies out there.  They know how to MARKET.  Everything else seems to fall by the wayside.  I only wish I owned more Microsoft stock.
anon5128868607
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10/2/2014 | 12:19:06 PM
Re: Windows 9?
Rumor has it they had to bypass Windows 9 because code that checks to see what version of Windows is running, specifically looking for Windows 95 or 98, doesn't bother to look for a second digit. It would see the 9 and assume it's an ancient unsupported OS...
JohnK546
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10/2/2014 | 12:31:31 PM
Re: Unified experience
Yes, it means just that.  I have been using Win 8.1 on my Lumia 920, my PC at home, and yes even my Xbox gets in on all the action.  Ondrive is the one stop share shop, and you can share with other users as well.
jgherbert
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10/2/2014 | 12:32:07 PM
Re: Windows 9?
@Bhargava> "What happened to Windows 9?"

Rumor has it that Windows 7 8 9.

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jgherbert
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10/2/2014 | 12:35:01 PM
Re: Windows 9?
In other news, this whole Windows 10 thing has opened up a nice set of possible new names.


  • Windows X
  • X-Windows
  • Windows OSX
  • WindX ?  (courtesy of a friend of mine)

Any others?
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