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frankwick

On The Verge since Dec 30, 2011

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frankwick

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    The UI will change dramatically over the next 4-6 months. There are so many desktop elements that need to become touch friendly. The systray and notification center are the ones that need the most help. The 3rd party apps themselves will always lean more towards touch.

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    Win10 gives you choice of traditional start menu for non-touch users or the start screen from 8.1. This was the major failure of Win8.0 — no choices. In general I have been anti-start screen but I’m using Win10 on a touch screen and find it to be much more efficient (and fun) than the Win7 style menu. The Start Screen is my default now. Yes, I realize that both the start screen and menus will look dramatically different at launch in 2015, but right now I actually prefer Win8.1 style start on touch and the menu on non-touch.

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    Jobs refused to make a small tablet and a large phone.

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    "An OS like no other" — if you ignore it looks like Android meets WindowsPhone.

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    Is that from Microsoft-Nokia or Nokia-Classic?

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    I find that hard to believe on Windows pre XPSP2. That’s when Microsoft started taking client security more seriously. Before then, they relied on two things:
    1. 3rd party security
    2. Patching after a hole was discovered

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    update your apps. pair the pen. setup onedrive. Click the pen and watch OneNote come to life.

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    No need. The one built into Win8 is sufficient assuming you’re not a regular porn surfer.

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    I believe that answer is no

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    keep waiting. MS is not going to port Office simply due to economics. It’s not just a matter of porting it. They must also support it, patch it, make sure it works with O365, etc.. Last I checked Linux had less than a 1.5% desktop share. You could use online Office which really isn’t too bad.

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    All, we are still 6 months away from 10.0 being released. There are and will be warts with any pre-release software. We’re not even to the consumer preview yet. You know there will be issues all over the place. The best thing you can do is leave structured feedback in the app.

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    Are these also "Synaptic Like" gestures?

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    I hear there will be a GPO to make "Skype For Biz 2015" look more like Lync 2013 if you are not ready to unleash all that change on your user base.

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    As the Lync service owner for a company that deployed over 6000 seats using only Office365, it was a dream! The hardest part was setting with the ActiveDirectory sync and authentication.

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    Sametime > Lync if you live in 1998 when Lync was called LCS.

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    Yes, Yammer and SharePoint will continue to blend. I would expect in a several years SP will become a simple document repository front ended by Yammer.

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    how do you block?

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    good thinking. I don’t think it’s for me though. It reminds me too much of ios. Besides, now that ios is finally on board, all operating systems now use the card metaphor so this would represent a difficult change.

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    same here. I thought it was just because I was on Windows10. I cant see the comments in various articles.

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    Navigation on the iphone (and Android) is a huge pain in the rear once you gets used to WP. IOS has also become bloated (not as bad as android though) and is showing its age.

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    Coming from the iphone, I prefer the WindowsPhone platform. Yes, the app store is missing some apps, but the smoothness, stability, and modern look keep me on the WP train right now.

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    Have you noticed the popoulation in China? A low-mid tier phone is right for that market.

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    What is the current high-end Lumia? Will there be another device announced soon?

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    Series

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    I agree. I saw the kickstand and knew it was a surface, but I don’t think the non-tech public had a clue. I’m sure they thought it was an ipad.

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    I saw the Surfaces on the anchor desk but did the general non-tech public know what they were? I didn’t see any visible logos although I didn’t stick around for long. I quickly turned to MSNBC hoping to see a Chris Matthews meltdown. He disappointed me but it was amusing watching Rachael Maddow act like a cheerleader for "her team" and wait for that come-from-behind victory.

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    Impressed with WP8.1? As a not-so-recent iPhone convert, I simply reply to you with a non-insulting "duh." My 8.1 is faster and more stable than any of my previous iphones. The hardest part now for when using any ios device is how awkward the navigation is. I find myself getting frustrated with ios gestures — although not nearly as frustrated as using Android which literally makes my blood pressure increase.

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    Don’t get me wrong, the keyboard cover works fine. It’s not on par with an HP EliteBook keyboard though. You trade formfactor for functionality. The Surface is a laptop first and it has a dock. I use a wireless keyboard/mouse when my SP3 is docked.

    Regarding the Win8 soft keys. There are two experiences – 1) Metro & 2) desktop. The Win8 metro keyboard does have autocorrect. The win10 version borrows wordflow from Windowsphone and will also add swype/swipe.

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    The issue is Microsoft only provides a basic instruction set for the trackpad and leaves any advanced features up to the OEM. Synaptics has been a leader for years in providing enhanced gesture support, palm checking, etc.. However, only very few people know about these features. To fix this, Microsoft will be building the enhanced features into the OS itself. I don’t think you will see this in Win8.x, but it is already there in Windows10. Now all the OEMs need to do is provide hardware and get out of the way.

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