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Windows 10: 7 Pressing Questions For Microsoft
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mak63
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mak63,
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1/28/2015 | 4:55:36 PM
happy camper
I'm very excited with the latest Microsoft's OS.
There are many things to be enthusiastic about. From Cortana to the new Start Menu, Spartan and much more, but above all for many, a free upgrade.
I'm sure, and many would agree with me, when I say that Windows 10 will be what Windows 7 was to Vista. If no more.

Anyone disagree?
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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1/28/2015 | 5:24:05 PM
Re: happy camper
@mak63, Windows 10 does show some early signs of being the "fully baked" version of Windows 8. I think the most interesting parts of the whole announcement, though, surround all the attention being given to HoloLens and the subscription model. Other factors are getting a little notice, but aspects some would consider peripheral are getting far more attention from the press and social media.

I wonder whether that means that the core Windows functionality is simply taken for granted, or if there are other, more disturbing (from Microsoft's perspective) reasons for the lack of excitement about the main product.
H@mmy
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[email protected],
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1/29/2015 | 9:28:21 AM
Re: happy camper
Free upgrade to Win 10, cant wait to more. Its a very smart move by microsoft to expand it user base.On the other hand I would still wait for someone to upgrade before I upgrade myself. I still think upgrading could be risky.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/29/2015 | 2:27:06 PM
Re: happy camper
@[email protected],

I've been test driving Windows 10 Technical Preview since it was made availble. As I've posted I've honestly haven't had any major issues (yeah, it does freeze up on me sometimes, but only with specific software use, i.e. Itunes for some reason). I honestly like it and am definitly looking forward for it to be made avaialble for the Enterprise...the Multiple Desktop features is something that I actually found to increase my productivity, and the ability to run apps on the desktop was definitly a good plus (I motivied me to dedicated a PC has a HTPC)
bartholmberg
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bartholmberg,
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1/28/2015 | 5:35:06 PM
Fix 260 character file name length limitation
Windows is the best development environment - bar none.  However MS should fix this one - it's a problem and it is a growing problem.  It seems to me almost willful ignorance by MS at this point.

 

Read some of the frustration this causes to the developers (unfortunately this post doesn't allow links)  - search for "Fix 260 character file name length limitation"

 

Still windows 10 looks decent - like the universal app.  Still they need an answer for very small devices - Current Wince doesn't compete well with linux in that space. 

 
asksqn
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asksqn,
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1/28/2015 | 6:59:14 PM
Time will tell
On the surface, Win10 **seems** like it could be a lot better than the steaming pile of fail known as Windows 8.  Hopefully this will be the case.  
pcharles09
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1/28/2015 | 10:50:28 PM
Re: Time will tell
@asksqn,

I'm usually in the crowd that waits for the *.1 version to be released before I jump in. But I didn't even use Win8. 8.1 is decent minus the Metro UI. It just seems like a little faster Win7 build.

But I've heard a lot of hype about 10, especially since 9 was skipped. So let's hope it packs the punch of 2 release versions in 1!
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/29/2015 | 2:28:58 PM
Re: Time will tell
@pcharles09,

I share your thoughts.... I also didn't adopt Windows 8, since I honestly just didn't find it appealing, not to mention that the Metro UI was more of a distraction than anything else.

I will say that using the Surface Pro was actually pretty good, granted ony when traveling and the occasional email.
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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1/30/2015 | 6:55:02 PM
Re: Time will tell
@mejiac,

I can understand the interface on the surface but not a laptop. Most business users wouldn't use a touch screen for office use. It slows oyu down in many instances. I know because I've asked.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/31/2015 | 4:02:45 PM
Re: Time will tell
@pcharles09,

Oh, I concur, not only is it distracting, I can also lead to loss of productivity.

I think this is why Windows 10 provides the option to re-enable the classic start menu, which I bet most enterprises will probably configuer it to be both the default and not allow the user the option to revert to the metro UI (which has been pointed in various forums, it's just plain distracting)
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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1/31/2015 | 4:09:32 PM
Re: Time will tell
@mejiac,

That's one check in the positive column for me already!
Kelly22
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1/29/2015 | 2:56:34 PM
Re: Time will tell
@asksqn, laughing at your reference to Windows 8 as a "steaming pile of fail" -- I know plenty of consumers would agree. You're right, it does look like Microsoft is addressing its shortcomings (or at least, it seems to be). Hopefully Windows 10 won't fail to meet expectations.
H@mmy
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[email protected],
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1/29/2015 | 9:51:31 AM
Spartan
Internet explorer and its variations have always been a pain for web developers. I hope Spartan changes things. I really liked the idea of changing the name and not coming up with another Internet Explorer X version. 
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/29/2015 | 2:30:55 PM
Re: Spartan
@[email protected],

For many companies, even thought developers really dislike working with IE (specially with legacy applications that are only certified to work on the old IE8), sadly for many industries (specially those like finance) default to IE because of it's security features (although this can be debated)
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/29/2015 | 2:34:07 PM
Trying to get ahead of the curve
Kelly,

Excellent Article!

I think you capture the questions that most of us have in our heads, and most companies are worrying about.

I do think that Microsoft is definitly heading down the right path, since providing a free OS is something that many folks will seek to adopt when it becomes available (specially students and consuomers on a budget)

Building an Ecosystem that's consistent across different platforms is essential for microsoft (which is one of the things I love about Android and chrome)

So really looking forward to it
Kelly22
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1/29/2015 | 3:02:03 PM
Re: Trying to get ahead of the curve
Thanks, @mejiac! I'm hoping we can get some definitive answers as Microsoft continues development. As for the free upgrade, I agree that it was a smart move. If Windows 10 can live up to the hype, Microsoft will have plenty of happy campers.
jries921
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jries921,
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1/29/2015 | 2:51:58 PM
Universal apps
Apple made it work when it was transitioning Macintosh between POWER and x86, but the cost was much bigger execs.  I'm guessing that MS will have to do the same or rely on some sort of bytecode interpreter.

 "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" is probably the least escapeable of all engineering principles (except possibly for the laws of thermodynamics).

 


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