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What Windows 9 Must Do To Avoid Flopping Like Windows 8

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Windows 8 is a flop. It is a painful thing to say about one of the most ambitious operating systems ever released, but the stats don’t lie. It has taken half the OS market share Windows 7 did in its first 12 months (10% vs.

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This week leaks flooded out that Windows 9 will be formally announced at Build, Microsoft’s annual developer event in April. If true this is an extraordinarily short gap for the company to jump between Windows versions and it is thought Windows 9 will formally go on sale in early 2015 as part of the ‘Threshold’ wave of updates it will apply to its Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox OSes.

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Why Windows 8 is Microsoft's Biggest Risk Ever

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One of the most important industry events will take place on October 26, the launch date for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.  It will culminate a three year planning, development and test cycle for what CEO Steve Ballmer calls...

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Windows 9 alias "Threshold" prévu pour avril 2015?

Windows 9 alias "Threshold" prévu pour avril 2015? | Windows8 | Scoop.it
Microsoft pourrait annoncer en avril prochain lors de la conférence Build à San Francisco Windows 9, plus connu sous le nom de code "Threshold". Une date de lancement en avril 2015 est même évoquée.

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3 Ways to Make Your Windows 8 Computer Faster Than You Think

3 Ways to Make Your Windows 8 Computer Faster Than You Think | Windows8 | Scoop.it
Well as we all know that windows 8 is one of the latest computer with a good OS in the world, with this I think it should be one of the fastest OS in the world also.

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Will Windows 8 Eat Android's Tablet Lunch? - DailyFinance

Will Windows 8 Eat Android's Tablet Lunch? - DailyFinance | Windows8 | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog)Will Windows 8 Eat Android's Tablet Lunch?DailyFinanceWhile technically supporting good old desktops and laptops, Windows 8 is really about one thing: mobile.

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Windows 8 - good for gamers, but what about developers? - Opinion - Trusted Reviews

Windows 8 - good for gamers, but what about developers? - Opinion - Trusted Reviews | Windows8 | Scoop.it
Stuart Houghton: Is Windows 8 set to harm PC gaming, some developers certainly seem to think so.

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Why Windows Phone 8 is strictly mediocre and why Microsoft should be worried.

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Why Windows Phone 8 is strictly mediocre and why Microsoft should be worried.

 

I have been on Windows Phone for nearly 2 years now. I still have my 2010 WP7 HTC Mozart. What brought me to this shiny new ecosystem was the UI – simple and fluid – it was clearly distinct and I made the switch from iOS and never looked back. However, I am starting to look more closely at  more than one ecosystem now  because WP8 isn’t even half as good as I’d expected it to be. Before you read this further – I want you to keep in mind that I am someone who uses this device at a level different from your average smartphone user so they probably don’t care about most of the annoyances. Personally, I have seen people who just need Facebook and WhatsApp and they are done with their smartphone decision. Yep, that wouldn’t be me - as a “hardcore” smartphone users – I need all the new apps, new features, timely updates, good support and the list goes on.

If we rewind the whole Windows Phone story to the early days, as someone who has been part of all updates from minor to major – I wanna take you through my experiences. Pre NoDo era was mostly fun and as far as I remember only Microsoft employees and handful of hardcore MS fanboys and Metro lovers actually bought the device. It was incredibly low on features (in fact it didn’t even have copy and paste and boy it was a hard decision justifying the update) but everyone was excited about a new operating system and then we had the NoDo update of course and the world moved on. What I think was the critical success point in whatever you make out of the Windows Phone 7 story was how Microsoft did the Mango update. Mango was why Windows Phone 7 caught the attention of the globe. It was absolutely a major update and that was the point where I knew this ecosystem will be here to stay. Everything was perfect – you had incredible Mango apps in work, SDK was ready and the best part? Developers got early access to the brand new Operating system and dev evangelism touched it’s peak, as we all know, post Mango. Then of course, we had Tango and then finally Windows Phone 8 announcement. Windows Phone 8 announcement was incredibly exciting since we knew how the current OS experience was restricted by hardware and hardware by the kernel so WP8 was the right thing to do. However, expectations were high since Google and Apple were iterating very quickly and Microsoft had a huge task of kernel shift and new SDK and a lot of incredibly important things. WP8 launch was pretty bad from developer point of view, only few developers actually got the SDK before launch and we had a lot of broken promises (like the so called “enthusiast program”).

I am going to illustrate a few problems I have with the current version of Windows Phone 8 and  right below and remember this coming up from someone who has used WP consistently and extensively for nearly 2 years:

Lack of Notification Center: I remember during Mango release, I was constantly on twitter chatting with MS devs and asking them for a notification center and they gave the standard reply that you will still get if you ask the Redmond folks “Live tile IS the notification center – you get all the updates and information / notification on your homescreen”. Fair enough but am I supposed to sit blankly at the screen every second of the day or wait 30 minutes for a tile to be updated or better yet wait for a push notification to come and decide to pick between a sip of coffee or clicking on the notification before it goes to a never to be discovered black hole? The answer is simple: Get us a notification center immediately. This is 2013 and the supposed no.3 mobile ecosystem doesn’t have a notification center boggles me and there are reports suggesting that Microsoft is working on one so hopefully we’ll see it soon. What is intriguing to me is how Microsoft will bring notification center into the UX. Right now, w/o the notification center – just like wp7 – I am not paying for push notification applications and my WhatsApp and Facebook application is sorta useless when I get a lot of notifications so it’s kinda pointless at this moment. What about apps on pinned on screen? What about notifications for those apps? Yeah, no two thoughts on need of Notification Center hopefully.Me Tile: Me Tile was probably last updated when Windows 95 was released. Not really but I don’t even understand why there’s this amazing utility is sitting on my homescreen  that I use all the time isn’t being updated to it’s full potential. I am a heavy twitter user and there’s no auto “Reply to all” for tweets (this should be by default btw and would be done in matter of minutes but who cares, right?) which means I have to go to a twitter client and do it. This destroys the purpose of the Me tile twitter integration mechanism. Another thing that I would love is auto complete and of course, a favorite button on the application which is probably the least time consuming task and if you think it doesn’t matter – then let me tell you, it’s the small things that matter and this statement will become even more important when Google and Apple release their new OS this year. There’s no escape but to make both large level and small level changes. Second problem with Me tile is the lack of friend tagging during check in. So basic but not implemented. I have to open the Facebook app for it which is great but then again – half baked and mostly useless. I know Me tile is for glancing at notifications but it should do more than just that. It has incredible potential, it’s fast and I would love to see MS upgrade it in next version.The upgrade:- So I upgraded from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 last week and the upgrade was pretty good as expected but there was one critical problem : my installed apps. Just like every other OS all your app purchases and installed apps are linked to your account so when you switch devices you can fetch your applications and use on your new device – as simple as that. Windows Phone does that too but with a little twist that made me give up using this feature. WP8 doesn’t allow you (still) to download and install all the applications at once so instead you have to go to every single one of them and click on the download button on the website. Extremely frustrating and I didn’t bother with it after some time. This needs to be fixed.The elusive search button: Okay, this is where my fellow rabid MS and WP fanboys are going to rip me apart but let me be honest about it. Bing sucks. It’s decent for media queries but it’s just bad when compared to Google results. Microsoft should offer a choice to bind search key to a search engine of user’s choice. I know it’s a bad Bing business decision but I am confident it will be a great decision from consumer point of view and consequently for WP. Search button could be a bit more useful, it’s a big darn button on your phone, right? I know some of you have been asking for it since ages but a lot of people apparently like Bing so giving users an option shouldn’t be a bad thing. Search button can also be used for universal search (long press search button for universal search?)  which is another BIG feature missing from Windows Phone 8.Lack of volume profiles: Lack of independent tone selection for stuff like calls, messages and Bluetooth headsets and lack of volume/sound profiles just boggles my mind. I remember using them in good old Symbian phones but I don’t understand what’s stopping Microsoft from doing it. The fact that we don’t have custom tone options for contacts is just infuriating. This reminds me of one thing that annoys me everyday – I have vibrate ON in settings along with a ringtone most of the time, now when I am in a class or at a meeting – I need to make it silent and WP8 offers a silent mode but it still has vibration and now you need to switch vibrate off and switch it ON again when you need it. Minor annoyance I know but sometimes you need a bit of peace of mind.The pseudo Windows 8 -  Windows Phone 8 relationship: When WP8 was coming out, we were excited about all the amazing possibilities of synchronization among the two platforms. Now that both platforms are out and available for months – I think W8 has done an incredible job at gestures and WP8 has done nothing to improve WP7 gestures. I love the app closing gesture on W8 and would love to see it on WP8 but most importantly, what I’d like Microsoft to do is to implement the app switching gesture on Windows 8 to WP8 (left to right swipe from edge to switch between apps) – this is very cool and incredible easy to do (Ubuntu OS even has it!). A Charms bar would be a hard to do WP8 considering screen size but app switching and closing gesture would make the experience consistent and it would be refreshing for the consumers. What’s also funny is that t...


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Windows 8 Surpasses Vista in Popularity

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In what's good news for Microsoft, Windows 8 has become a more popular operating system than its much criticized Vista platform.

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Is Windows 8 Good for Productivity?

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Why licensing Windows 8 now isn't such a bad idea

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Microsoft licensing is always difficult, so it might be good to start thinking about licensing Windows 8 now -- even before its release.


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Windows 8 – Activer le menu God Mode

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Bon, les gars, ça y est ! Je viens enfin d'installer Windows 8 sur ma machine (pas dans une machine virtuelle donc).
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Les entreprises ne veulent pas de Windows 8 - Actualités RT Terminaux et Systèmes - Reseaux et Telecoms

Les entreprises ne veulent pas de Windows 8 - Actualités RT Terminaux et Systèmes - Reseaux et Telecoms | Windows8 | Scoop.it
Les entreprises ne veulent pas de Windows 8 - RT Terminaux et Systèmes - « La majorité des entreprises n'adopterait pas Windows 8 en tant

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Windows 8 pire que Vista ? - Actualites - Programmez.com

Windows 8 pire que Vista ? - Actualites - Programmez.com | Windows8 | Scoop.it
Windows Vista a été un échec retentissant et douloureux pour Microsoft. Certains commencent à se demander si les choses ne seront pas pire avec Windows 8, que la clientèle semble bouder.
La courbe de démarrage des ventes de Windows 8 a d'abord...

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Voir les options du menu Démarrer de Windows 8.1

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La mise à jour de Windows 8 vers Windows 8.1 a vu le grand retour du menu Démarrer sur l’interface utilisateur du système d’exploitation de Microsoft où il était présent depuis Windows 95 sous la forme d’un bouton Start toujours visible dans le...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Beats Windows, Mac In GCHQ Security Report - OMG! | Ubuntu.co.uk

Ubuntu 12.04 Beats Windows, Mac In GCHQ Security Report - OMG! | Ubuntu.co.uk | Windows8 | Scoop.it

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has topped a UK security agency’s security assessment of mobile and desktop operating systems.

 

GCHQ‘s information security arm ‘CESG’ reviewed eleven of the most popular “end user” OSes against a 12-point list of security criteria.

 

Google’s Android, Apple’s Mac OS X and Microsoft’s Windows 7, 8 and RT were among the systems compared.

 

A report detailing CESG’s findings was published late last year.

 

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Could Windows 8.1 Be The New XP?

Microsoft Company is going to launch a new operating system and that is named as the windows 8.1. This is the next product of windows 8. Microsoft windows 8 are not accepted by many computer users. But the thing is that it takes time to be familiar with an operating system. So there is a question that if the windows 8.1 become a very good product for using, people will take this like the windows XP.


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8 Good Reasons to be Excited About Windows 8 | Tech Spere

8 Good Reasons to be Excited About Windows 8 | Tech Spere | Windows8 | Scoop.it
Windows 8 is coming, and it looks amazing! The latest version of Microsoft’s OS should be released around Spring 2012; at this point, a Developer’s Preview version has been released.

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The top 10 business apps you need for Windows Phone 8 - ZDNet (blog)

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The top 10 business apps you need for Windows Phone 8
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'There just aren't enough good Windows Phone apps' is an accusation often levelled at Microsoft's smartphone OS.

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10 Reasons Why Windows 8 Will Do Just Fine In The Work World | TechCrunch

10 Reasons Why Windows 8 Will Do Just Fine In The Work World | TechCrunch | Windows8 | Scoop.it

There are any number of good reasons why Windows 8 will do just fine in the work world. But in today’s market,   success is not guaranteed, especially as PC sales continue to slide. Gartner Research reports that third quarter shipments for PCs are down 8% compared to last year.


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8 things Microsoft is doing wrong

8 things Microsoft is doing wrong | Windows8 | Scoop.it
With Windows 8 off to a questionable start, it's a good time to talk about Microsoft's missteps. Read this article by David Carnoy on CNET.

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Why Windows 8 is good for business - PC Advisor

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Why Windows 8 is good for businessPC AdvisorBy Rosemary Hattersley | PC Advisor | 10 April 12 A multi-touch interface might not seem ideally suited for a corporate environment, but Windows 8 seamlessly blends the best of tablet-like direct interaction...

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‘We view a tablet as a PC’: Microsoft chooses to repeat history | ZDNet

‘We view a tablet as a PC’: Microsoft chooses to repeat history | ZDNet | Windows8 | Scoop.it

It is beginning to look like Microsoft is about to repeat the Tablet PC history with Windows 8, and that is not a good thing.


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The Windows Features You’re Actually Looking Forward To

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"What's that?" you say. "You know what I'm looking forward to?" Yes. Yes I do. I am many things, but most of them can be lumped into the over-arching group of "geek."


And chances are pretty good that if you're reading about Windows 8 before the beta, you're a geek to. So while shorter boot times, Metro UI, and an updated Windows Explorer certainly features you may be looking forward to, let's look at the real reasons we should care about Windows 8.


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6 Amazing Windows 8 Apps For Enjoying Videos and Music, Modern Style

6 Amazing Windows 8 Apps For Enjoying Videos and Music, Modern Style | Windows8 | Scoop.it
When you want to kick back and listen to a few tunes or watch the coolest online videos, you don’t want to spend time searching for them. It’s a good thing that Windows 8 has great apps to spare you that inconvenience.

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Les entreprises ne migreront pas vers Windows 8 - Actualites - Programmez.com

Les entreprises ne migreront pas vers Windows 8 - Actualites - Programmez.com | Windows8 | Scoop.it
Selon une nouvelle étude Forrester, la majorité des entreprises n’adopterait pas Windows 8 en tant que système d’exploitation principal.

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