Windows 8 and 81

  • December 03, 2012 03 Dec'12

    Windows 8: New Year, New Version?

    One of my favorite Windows pundits is Woody Leonhard (a bona fide Windows and Office guru). He definitely grabbed my attention, and started me thinking hard this morning, with his piece for the ...

  • November 29, 2012 29 Nov'12

    Microsoft sells 40 million Windows 8 licenses -- but whom to?

    Microsoft claims that 40 million users have already moved to Windows 8, but IT pros doubt that many of those licenses went to corporate shops. Microsoft claims it sold 40 million licenses for ...

  • November 26, 2012 26 Nov'12

    IT plays waiting game with Windows 8 application support

    Windows 8 sales sputter as businesses wait for third-party software to be certified on Microsoft's new operating system.

  • November 26, 2012 26 Nov'12

    "Real Windows 8 users are not using the Metro apps."

    Today's blog title is a verbatim quote from David Gewirtz' absolutely fascinating ZDNet story entitled "Dogfooding Windows 8: six long-term Windows users tell all." It also nicely summarizes my own ...

  • November 21, 2012 21 Nov'12

    Windows 8 Enterprise Features

    OK, so let's assume that -- just for grins -- an enterprise might be willing to ask the question: "What's in Windows 8 for my kind of business computing needs?" Michael Otney, a regular contributor ...

  • November 19, 2012 19 Nov'12

    Windows 8 security features improve, but IT concerns remain

    Microsoft made several security improvements in Windows 8, such as adding the new Secure Boot feature. But vulnerabilities remain.

  • November 19, 2012 19 Nov'12

    Jakob Nielsen slams Win8

    Before I cover what Mr. Nielsen has to say about Windows 8,  let me explain a little about who Jakob Nielsen is. A former Sun Distinguished Engineer (back in the days when that really meant ...

  • November 16, 2012 16 Nov'12

    The Enterprise Path to Win8 Adoption

    Over at Forbes, David K. Johnson has just released a very interesting article entitled "Seven Reasons Windows 8 Adoption in the Enterprise Is at Risk." The story poses some potentially noteworthy ...

  • November 15, 2012 15 Nov'12

    Will quicker Office and Windows releases help or hurt IT?

    As Microsoft tries to become as agile as Apple and Google, there's concern that fast-paced Windows releases won't work for enterprise customers.

  • November 14, 2012 14 Nov'12

    Wish List: Windows 8 Tablet Requirements for Business Use

    I've been working with Windows 8 for nearly one year now, and am slowly but surely moving into the mindset needed for the new OS's take on desktop and tablet computing. I've been lucky enough to ...

  • November 05, 2012 05 Nov'12

    The Windows 8 Upgrade Experience

    OK, so now I've been through it, too. On my brand-new Dell XPS-13, I've exercised the $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8 (followed by a $40 Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro) to catch the machine's OS up ...

  • October 31, 2012 31 Oct'12

    What Does It Take to Use Win8 on a Business PC?

    Today, I'm doing a recap and shout-out to Tony Bradley's excellent PCWorld blog entitled "10 Essential Ingredients of a Killer Windows 8 Business PC." Instead of the Sony Vaio with which he kicks ...

  • October 26, 2012 26 Oct'12

    OK, Here's a Windows 8 Upgrade deal...

    When I jumped up onto the Lenovo site this morning, I saw that their Support page how features this snazzy new graphical element at its mid-upper right side: You can tell this is really new stuff, ...

  • October 25, 2012 25 Oct'12

    Microsoft's latest 'bet the farm' operating system wager debuts

    Windows 8 will finally launch this week, but whether IT pros embrace it remains to be seen.

  • October 22, 2012 22 Oct'12

    Memory-stick makers ready Windows To Go drives for Windows 8 users

    Memory sticks with Windows 8 preinstalled could simplify life for mobile users who want to take the OS with them.

  • October 17, 2012 17 Oct'12

    The Continuing Windows 8 Flash Update Saga

    On October 9, Microsoft pushed an update to Windows Flash for Windows 8, but Secunia PSI still reports that 11.x versions of Flash Player (both 32- and 64-bit now, in fact) still need updating: ...

  • October 15, 2012 15 Oct'12

    Logitech Introduces Windows 8 Touch Devices

    In the past several months, Microsoft has introduced special Windows-8 oriented peripherals including a variety of "touch mice" and keyboards designed to help conventional PC users maximize their ...

  • October 12, 2012 12 Oct'12

    A Better Windows 8 Tablet? Kupa UltraNote

    As of today -- Friday, October 12, 2012 -- the Windows 8 General Availability (GA) date is two weeks away. On Thursday, Oct 25, or Friday, Oct 26 (there are conflicting reports) Windows 8 will be ...

  • October 10, 2012 10 Oct'12

    MS Puts Win8 on Patch Tuesday Schedule

    Yeah, sure, yesterday was the second Tuesday of the month. As expected, MS dropped a sizable load of updates for currently supported Windows versions (14-18 for my various 32- and 64-bit Windows 7 ...

  • October 05, 2012 05 Oct'12

    Upgrade to Windows 8: Who will make the switch?

    As Microsoft gets ready to roll out Windows 8, will IT pros invest the time and money necessary to learn the new interface?

  • October 05, 2012 05 Oct'12

    The Politics of Windows 8 Upgrades

    Until the end of January, 2013, anybody who owns a valid license to Windows XP, Vista, or 7 can pay $40 for a download upgrade to Windows 8, or $70 for an upgrade package with DVD. That certainly ...

  • September 26, 2012 26 Sep'12

    Intel CEO sez "Windows 8 being released before it's fully ready" Huh?

    The trade press wires are buzzing with news from an unnamed source at Intel who attended a company event in Taiwan this week (see this Bloomberg story for representative reporting) that attributes ...

  • September 25, 2012 25 Sep'12

    'Radical change' in Windows 8 user interface could require training

    The new Windows 8 user interface is so different that IT might have to spend significant time and money on training to get employees up to speed.

  • September 24, 2012 24 Sep'12

    InformationWeek Windows 8 Business Survey Shows Workplace Plans Still Shaping Up

    Today InformationWeek began reporting on the results of its latest Windows 8 Survey which,  according to Kurt Marko's blog "Windows 8 Makes Strides in Mobility" polled "...859 business technology ...

  • September 12, 2012 12 Sep'12

    Microsoft Rethinks Timing of Planned Flash Update for Windows 8/IE 10

    Last week, as is my usual wont, I fired up Secunia PSI (Personal Software Inspector) for all of my machines. In a discovery that caused no excitement whatsoever when I first ran the utility, I got ...

  • September 11, 2012 11 Sep'12

    Will Windows 8 downgrade rights cure IT's paranoia?

    Windows 8 downgrade rights will let IT revert to Windows 7 on new PCs. They may get some buyers off the fence, but others don't see the point.

  • August 31, 2012 31 Aug'12

    For Win8 Classic Shell Beats Start8, Hands-Down!

    Earlier this week, I blogged about how Samsung is restoring a Start menu capability to its Windows 8 PCs. I also mentioned (and implicitly recommended) the Start8 startup replacement that returns ...

  • August 27, 2012 27 Aug'12

    More on Windows 8 RTM: Driver Issues All Solved, Flash Weirdness Presents

    As is so often the case, after I upgraded from Windows 8 RP to RTM, I had a few drivers to clean up on each of my test machines (right now, they include a Lenovo X220 Tablet and a home-built ...

  • August 22, 2012 22 Aug'12

    Windows 8 Pro RTM Experiences

    Here's my first report on experiences with Windows 8 Pro RTM, in the wake of two successful upgrade installs: one on my Lenovo X220 Tablet, the other on my i7-2700K. First things first: Mr. Denny's ...

  • August 22, 2012 22 Aug'12

    Microsoft Windows 8 licensing changes aim to simplify, but miss target

    Microsoft's attempt to simplify the language of the Windows 8 licensing contract causes confusion in some circles.

  • August 20, 2012 20 Aug'12

    How to "Upgrade" from Windows 8 Preview Release to Windows 8 RTM

    Thanks to SQL Server blogger Mr. Denny right here on ITKE, I have a great trick to share with readers who want to upgrade their Windows 8 Release Preview installs to the latest RTM version now ...

  • August 06, 2012 06 Aug'12

    Metro Madness, Mayhem, and Murder in Windows 8?

    There's been enough hoopla and unhappiness about the Windows 8 tile-oriented user interface known until now as Metro, that MS has apparently decided to kill the name and call this GUI something ...

  • August 01, 2012 01 Aug'12

    Windows 8 RTM Hits

    At 11:00 AM Central, 9:00 AM Pacific, Microsoft pushed "Releasing Windows 8 -- August 1, 2012" out to the Building Windows 8 blog. It wasn't so much a set of rumors (see below), as it was a set of ...

  • July 25, 2012 25 Jul'12

    Windows 8 RTM Any Day Now

    MS hasn't yet made any announcements, but the rumors are flying thick and fast right now that RTM is "in its final hours of compiling and completing Windows 8." goes on to speculate ...

  • July 23, 2012 23 Jul'12

    How Long Will Enterprises Wait on Windows 8? Forever...

    October 26 is just over three months away as I write this blog, and that's when Windows 8 will become available to the general public -- and to enterprises, corporations, government arms and ...

  • July 19, 2012 19 Jul'12

    Windows 8 Gets a GA Date: 10/26/2012

    OK, so now it's official. Tons of sources (see this Google search) confirm the General Availability (GA) date for Windows 8 as October 26, 2012, thanks to remarks from the company's annual sales ...

  • July 12, 2012 12 Jul'12

    Despite BYOD and cloud, it's business as usual for Windows migrations

    Despite the rise and popularity of consumerization and other technology trends, enterprises might stick with a traditional Windows migration strategy.

  • July 11, 2012 11 Jul'12

    A Tale of Two Windows: 7 and 8

    Apparently, there's been a worldwide conference for Microsoft partners in Toronto recently, because ZDNet Windows maven Mary Jo Foley reported on July 9, that "Windows 8 is on track to be released ...

  • July 09, 2012 09 Jul'12

    Is Windows 8 Poised for Success or Failure?

    Regular ComputerWorld Windows Guy and market observer Preston Gralla got me thinking this morning with his article entitled "Early warning signs point to a Windows 8 apathetic launch." He makes ...

  • July 05, 2012 05 Jul'12

    Great Windows Resources: SevenForums and EightForums

    Thanks to a request from some colleagues at Dell recently, I've dug back into a pair of nonpareil websites to revisit their standout coverage and tutorials for all things Windows related. I'm ...

  • June 25, 2012 25 Jun'12

    Interesting Windows 8 malaises surface

    Windows guru Paul Thurrot has posted an interesting and disturbing story about some problems he's encountered recently with Windows 8 Release Preview. It's entitled "Broken Windows? Two Serious ...

  • June 04, 2012 04 Jun'12

    After the Weekend, More on Windows 8 Preview Release

    OK, so now I've got a few more hours with the latest Windows 8 release under my belt, and so far, so good. My biggest initial beef with the latest release is that it seems not to have absorbed too ...

  • June 01, 2012 01 Jun'12

    Microsoft to deliver Office 15 for Windows devices first, iPad later

    To give Windows 8 a competitive edge, Microsoft will deliver Office 15 only for its own devices this fall, with versions for the iPad and Android devices due out next year.

  • June 01, 2012 01 Jun'12

    Windows 8 Release Preview Hits the Street

    Just after lunch yesterday, I got the word that the Windows 8 Release Preview was out (you can download your own copy from whenever you like, ...

  • May 27, 2012 27 May'12

    Dealing with the "Bezel Issue" and Windows 8

    Almost any of the touchscreens you might buy today (especially those offered at more reasonable prices) will have bezels around the edge. By definition, a bezel forms a raised edge around the ...

  • May 25, 2012 25 May'12

    Missed F8 to Provoke Boot Options Gets Added Wrinkles in Win8

    Anybody who's worked on Windows PCs regularly knows the drill to obtain an alternate "Safe Boot" screen instead of allowing the normal boot sequence to grind to its normal conclusion: wait for the ...

  • May 21, 2012 21 May'12

    More Windows 8 UI Rationale Explored and Explained

    There's a fascinating new post on the Building Windows 8 blog this morning, entitled "Creating the Windows 8 user experience," by Jensen Harris, Microsoft's Director of Program Management for the ...

  • May 14, 2012 14 May'12

    Ad-impression study reveals Win 8 CP usage levels

    US and India based online ad network and data analytics company Chitika reported in late April 2012 that "millions are already using the latest Microsoft operating system every day" (Study). In ...

  • May 11, 2012 11 May'12

    Touchscreen All-in-One Poses Interesting Win8 Possibilities

    Earlier this week I stumbled across a January PC Magazine story entitled "Build a Touch-Screen All-in-One Desktop." The star of the story is from EliteGroup (a Taiwanese mega-manufacturer of PCs ...

  • May 07, 2012 07 May'12

    Norton 2013 Betas Support Windows 8

    Symantec recently announced general availability of its various Norton 2013 beta products, including Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton 360. Although they come only with two ...

  • April 30, 2012 30 Apr'12

    Who Thinks Windows 8 Is Ready for Prime Time?

    I had a very interesting conversation with former Microsoft MVP and current MS employee and "virtualization guy" John Savill last Friday. I've recently had to back out of my role as a primary ...

  • April 27, 2012 27 Apr'12

    No MSE 4.0 for Windows 8? Nope, not needed.

    When I saw the news that Microsoft Security Essentials (4.0) had recently been released (see Paul Thurrott's Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 blog post for more information and a download link), I ...

  • April 23, 2012 23 Apr'12

    The Return of BW8: Two Posts!!!

    BW8 is a common abbreviation for Microsoft's Building Windows 8 blog, an occasional source of insight and information about the upcoming new desktop OS from the wizards of Redmond. After a 20-day ...

  • April 20, 2012 20 Apr'12

    For Windows 8 Image Mgmt Get to Know DISM

    DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. This tool was introduced in Windows 7 and will be taking on more features, functions, and responsibilities in Windows 8. DISM replaces the ...

  • April 17, 2012 17 Apr'12

    Windows 8 Editions Limited in Number

    How many editions will Windows 8 have? Two consumer versions for x86/64 machines, one OEM-only version (for ARM processors), and one "specifically for those enterprise customers with Software ...

  • April 09, 2012 09 Apr'12

    Drivers are slowly catching up with Windows 8

    In my previous post "Interesting Windows 8 Issues on Lenovo X220 Tablet" I delved into some Windows 8 driver shenanigans as they related to that machine. In the past few weeks I've performed over ...

  • April 06, 2012 06 Apr'12

    Interesting Windows 8 Issues on Lenovo X220 Tablet

    All in all, I've been pretty impressed with the X220 Tablet PC from Lenovo. It ran Windows 7 like a champ with good performance and touch response. Once I learned that a clean install of Windows 8 ...

  • April 04, 2012 04 Apr'12

    Windows 8 Exposure Without Killing Older Windows Installs

    Everybody's curious about Windows 8. But unless you work in a test lab, or have extra PCs to burn, you may not have a spare machine lying around on which to run the latest controversial Windows OS ...

  • March 30, 2012 30 Mar'12

    "Touch hardware and Windows 8:" Must-Read Blog

    On Wednesday, Building Windows 8featured a post from Jerry Koh, group program manager, and Jeff Piira, test manager, both from the Windows 8 Human Interaction Platform team. The blog post is ...

  • March 26, 2012 26 Mar'12

    Interesting driver status for clean Windows 8 installs

    When moving from an older Windows version to a newer one where an upgrade path exists, the upgrade install option picks up and carries as much of the older environment into the newer one as it can. ...

  • March 23, 2012 23 Mar'12

    Windows 8 Investigations Reveal a Nice Gadget Surprise

    In my earlier reading about Windows 8 (and even in some of my reporting) I'd been led to believe that "no more gadgets" was a stark reality of the Windows 8 landscape. Not so! A right click on the ...

  • March 09, 2012 09 Mar'12

    Windows 8: The Politics of Personalization

    I really, really like Ed Bott's work, and his ongoing take on Windows 8 (he's doing a book on the upcoming platform, just like I am). I was struck by his great sense of style and perspective as I ...

  • March 07, 2012 07 Mar'12

    Windows To Go delivers Windows 8 corporate images via USB

    Microsoft has touted Windows To Go as a way to facilitate bring your own device programs, but the USB-based Windows 8 feature may not support commonly used devices.

  • March 07, 2012 07 Mar'12

    Learning Windows 8: Hampered by "A la recherche du temps perdu"

    As an undergraduate, I took Alan Sonnenfeld's fabulous class wherein we read Ulysses, The Magic Mountain, and the Marcel Proust book whose French title is in my blog title, usually translated as ...

  • March 05, 2012 05 Mar'12

    Finding a way into Windows 8

    I've been working with Windows operating systems since version 3.0 or thereabouts, starting in mid-1990. As I do the math, I'm stunned to realize that means it's been almost 22 years since first ...

  • March 02, 2012 02 Mar'12

    Building the Windows 8-ready Desktop

    OK, so yesterday was the day that I put together a brand-spanking new Windows 8 desktop system for my upcoming book Windows 8 in Depth (due out from Pearson in late October, 2012, or whenever ...

  • March 02, 2012 02 Mar'12

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes new features for enterprise IT

    The Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes a client hypervisor, automatic backup and improvements to BranchCache. Here's a rundown of these and other important features.

  • February 29, 2012 29 Feb'12

    Here's the Win 8 Customer Preview!

    The Building Windows 8 blog just posted an item entitled "Running the Customer Preview: system recommendations" a few minutes ago, but I'll be darned if I can find a download link for that software ...

  • February 25, 2012 25 Feb'12

    SkyDrive Brings the Cloud to Windows 8, For Real!

    I saw, then read, the recent Building Windows 8 blog post entitled "Connecting your apps, files, PCs and devices to the cloud with SkyDrive and Windows 8" last Monday. I've been chewing this mass ...

  • February 22, 2012 22 Feb'12

    For Best Win8 Tablet Results, Think 1366x768 Resolution

    Man! I almost had a heart attack this morning when I read The Guardian's latest Technology Blog "Want the Windows 8 Preview? First, catch your 1366x768 resolution tablet." "Uh-oh!," I thought to ...

  • February 19, 2012 19 Feb'12

    New Windows 8 Logo Revealed: It's a Window, Not a Flag!

    On Friday, Sam Moreau blogged about the new Windows 8 logo in Blogging Windows in a post entitled "Redesigning the Windows Logo." The graphic at the head of my post comes from him, and lays out the ...

  • February 17, 2012 17 Feb'12

    Gearing Up for Windows 8

    OK, so I'm going to be co-authoring the next edition of Windows ... in Depth with long-time Windows stalwart Brian Knittel, and I'm literally "gearing up" for that project (the next edition, ...

  • February 10, 2012 10 Feb'12

    Gadzooks! Windows 8 on ARM Gets Realer and Realer...

    I knew something interesting was up when I saw a blog post from Adrian Kingsley-Hughes this morning entitled "Microsoft gets it right with Windows 8 on ARM, and why Apple should be worried." I must ...

  • February 08, 2012 08 Feb'12

    Buying a Touchscreen for Windows 8, Episode 2

    As I dig further into the touch requirements for Windows 8, I'm learning more and more about touch technologies along the way. Alas, I'm also learning how very few of the currently available ...

  • February 06, 2012 06 Feb'12

    Buying a Touchscreen for Windows 8, Episode 1

    OK, so I'm getting onboard for an upcoming "day and date" book on Windows 8 (this means we have to have the book finished far enough in advance of the ship date for Windows 8 that it can be sent to ...

  • February 01, 2012 01 Feb'12

    Windows on ARM poses unique challenges, benefits

    Windows 8 on ARM processors will give enterprises supporting BYOD a way to manage one operating system across all devices. But putting Windows 8 on ARM also raises concerns.

  • January 25, 2012 25 Jan'12

    About Sensors and Windows 8

    The latest entry in the Building Windows 8  blog is called "Supporting Sensors in Windows 8," and it comes from Gavin Gear, one of the Microsoft Product Managers on the Windows 8 Device ...

  • January 20, 2012 20 Jan'12

    Thurrott & Rivera on Windows 8 Logo Requirements

    In his most recent monthly column for WindowsITPro entitled "The Rigor of Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements, ..." Windowsmeister Paul Thurrott provides a snapshot of the current ...

  • January 18, 2012 18 Jan'12

    Windows 8's "next generation file system" gets a preview

    Building Windows 8 strikes again, this time with a 1/16/2012 blog from Surendra Verma, development manager for the Windows 8 Storage and File system team. It's entitled "Building the next ...

  • January 13, 2012 13 Jan'12

    Waaaay Cool: Virtualizing Storage in Windows 8

    A week ago, the latest post to the Windows 8 blog was entitled "Virtualizing storage for scale, resiliency, and efficiency." And while the whole thing is definitely worth perusing, I want to zoom ...

  • December 02, 2011 02 Dec'11

    Report: Windows 8 beta due by February

    Microsoft may ship the first beta of Windows 8 in February, with general availability in Q3 of 2012. But new technologies could delay adoption.

  • October 03, 2011 03 Oct'11

    PowerShell 3.0 CTP Coincides with Windows 8 Developer Preview

    Die-hard MS pre-release technology consumers already know that CTP is shorthand for "Community Technology Preview," a pre-beta technology release stage that usually seeks to help developers become ...

  • September 28, 2011 28 Sep'11

    Windows 8 User Profiles: Roaming in the Cloud?

    Wow! There's a fascinating new post on the Building Windows 8 blog from Monday (9/26/2011). It's entitled "Signing in to Windows 88 with a Windows Live ID," and it explains how Windows 8 users can ...

  • September 19, 2011 19 Sep'11

    The Real Secret Behind SLAT and Hyper-V for Windows 8

    So now that I've been introduced to Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) as a requirement for Hyper-V on the upcoming release of Windows 8 (see my recent blog on this discovery at ...

  • September 13, 2011 13 Sep'11

    Microsoft pre-release of Windows 8 now open to scrutiny

    Many IT shops are just installing Windows 7, but like it or not, it's time to start talking about Windows 8. This OS lets many apps work across a wide range of end-user devices.

  • August 31, 2011 31 Aug'11

    Windows 8 Gets Integrated ISO/VHD Support

    Yesterday, MS honcho Steven Sinofsky posted an entry to the Building Windows 8 blog entitled "Accessing data in ISO and VHD files." It explains how, in Sinofsky's own words "Windows 8 enables easy ...

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    Microsoft's yen for EA renewals drives Windows 8 push

    With some IT shops hesitant to renew their Microsoft enterprise licensing agreements, Microsoft is redoubling efforts to get Windows XP users over to Windows 7 and 8.

  • July 07, 2011 07 Jul'11

    Will Windows 8 undercut Microsoft's other OSes?

    Microsoft appears on track to deliver Windows 8 next year. But will an on-time delivery be a bad thing for best-selling Windows 7?

  • January 05, 2011 05 Jan'11

    Visio 2010: An improvement over 2007, but still flawed

    The latest version of Microsoft's diagramming program offers a plethora of new features -- and reintroduces a former flaw.