Virtualization Deep Dive Day - March
Why Windows 8? How did this happen?
The Central UX Dilemma
To the Future: Phones and Devices
Windows 8 Consumer Preview released
Web installer plus ISOs
I’ve written ~50 articles, blog posts and editorials about the Consumer
Preview since February 29: It’s all available at the SuperSite for Windows
.... And a bit of writing each day on “Windows 8 Secrets”
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Windows 8 was originally going to be another evolution.
CES 2010: “There are fingerprints on everything.”
Heated internal battle over future of devices: Bring Windows “down” to
tablet/phone or bring Windows Phone “up” to tablet?
(The latter won.)
Windows 8 is a very different thing with little in the way of “not
invented here” technologies: Silverlight, .NET are thrown out,
WinRT/new APIs brought in, with new Metro-style user experience.
THE CENTRAL UX DILEMMA
Windows 8 ships with two different user experiences, Metro and
Metro is better for small, touch-capable screens and devices.
Desktop is backwards compatible, runs existing Windows apps, and
works better on big screens.
Metro is for fun … Desktop is for work.
Metro is for consumers … Desktop is for businesses.
Metro is the OS … Desktop is (sort of) an app.
Related: WOA vs. Intel x86/x64
“Touch-first” but works with mouse, keyboard.
Works in landscape and portrait modes, landscape is default
Apps are always full-screen, but some support unique Snap feature for side
Sandboxed and protected from OS and from other apps. Only
found/downloaded/sold via Windows Store.
New system-wide services in the form of contracts, including Share, Search,
and File Picker, which allow blind app to app communication.
Lock screen, password screen, and Start screen, plus apps, are full screen
Back, Switcher, Start, Charms, Notifications, Search, other panes are not.
THE DESKTOP’S ROLE
Evolution of the Windows 7 desktop, with (hopefully) little in the way of
Full backwards compatibility with apps, utilities.
Not self-contained: Metro experiences invade everywhere.
New Windows Explorer with ribbon UX.
New file copy experience.
Integrated support for ISO/VHD mounting/navigation.
SmartScreen (optionally) integrated into file system.
New Task Manager.
Implications for businesses: Boot directly to desktop?
Windows 8 is an evolution for businesses, for now, with a Windows 7-
like desktop and that crazy Metro thing on the side.
A future of managed Start screen-based dashboards?
Windows To Go (not in Consumer Preview)
Metered mobile broadband
Secure Boot and Measured Boot (requires UEFI)
New group policies, of course
TO THE FUTURE: PHONES, DEVICES
Now highly componentized and stripped down, Windows 8 will form
the basis of new generations of client and server OSes, but also deviceand smart phone-based OSes.
Windows Phone 8
Windows on ARM (WOA) is Microsoft’s iPad play
Windows 8 on Intel-based tablets and hybrid devices of all kinds for
those who need the full experience, plus for businesses that want the
full management experience.
WINDOWS 8 SECRETS
Finally, a quick plug!
All-new content, (virtually) nothing carried over from previous book(s)
Covers only what’s new in Windows 8, assumes reader actually knows
Will cover desktop, laptop, tablet/slate, and (where possible) phone
Some business coverage
Looking at ~500 pages instead of ~1,000
WINDOWS 8 SECRETS
A. Getting Started
Get It Done: Productivity Apps
Pre-Flight Checklist: What To Do Before You Get
Relax: Digital Media Apps
How to Choose a Windows 8 PC or Device
Play: Windows 8 and Games
B. Getting To Know Windows 8
Installing and Upgrading to Windows 8
Metro: The New User Experience
(Still) Alive and Kicking: The Windows Desktop
Make It Yours: Personalizing Windows 8
C. App Experiences
Windows Store: Finding, Acquiring, and Managing
Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 10
D.Tools of the Trade
Backup and Recovery
Accounts and Security
Networking and Connectivity
E. Putting Windows to Work
Windows 8 for Business
Better Together: Windows 8 and Windows