Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:36 Written by admin Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:36
You can’t have your Windows8.1 RTM cookie and eat it too. Or you can, but you need to be a hardware manufacturer. The gold versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have shipped to Microsoft’s hardware partners to be pre-installed on devices shipping ahead of the holiday season. Some wonderful timing, after all, what are you going to buy this Christmas? Another iPad? Why not try a Surface for a change?
If you’re an end user, you won’t get the final bits of Windows 8.1 until October 17. In fact, despite the fact that Windows 8.1 was release to manufacturing, the Redmond company won’t share the RTM version even with developers. From Microsoft:
That means our hardware partners are now preparing their devices for the holiday buying season, beginning with the general availability of Windows 8.1 starting at 12:00 A.M. on October 18 in New Zealand (4:00 P.M. October 17 in Redmond). We expect many new devices, varying in size, price and form factors. Current Windows 8 customers will be able to update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store for free and enjoy all the new features and benefits.
Getting your apps ready today
You can begin publishing apps built for Windows 8.1 starting on the day of General Availability. You can already get started building apps today with Visual Studio 2013 Preview and Windows 8.1 Preview. The Windows Dev Center is your main reference for building apps, and it’s also where you’ll find essential downloads to get started with your project.
- If you’re building a Windows Store app today, or you already have an app in the Store, and want to update your app to Windows 8.1, here’s what you need to know. You can use Visual Studio 2013 to retarget your app package for Windows 8.1, and you may also want to take advantage of some of the new features available in Windows 8.1 like flexible window layout views, new controls, and improved in-app search.
- If you already have an iOS app and you’re thinking about building for Windows 8.1, we recommend you visit our resources for iOS developers.
- If you’re just starting to learn about Windows Store apps, we have a great overview on the Windows Dev Center and more specific information in our Getting Started area.
As we approach the general availability of Windows 8.1 and of Visual Studio 2013, we’ll provide guidance on this blog and in the Windows Dev Center on how to make sure your app is ready for publishing to the Windows Store in 8.1.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 12:26 Written by admin Friday, 23 August 2013 12:26
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, will only be using his current title for the next 12 months or so. Plans of his retirement were made public today, fueling a small company stock boost. Say what you will, but that’s got to hurt, although I’m sure that Ballmer can take a pounding.
The Microsoft board is tasked with finding Ballmer 2.0, while the previous version is transitioning out of the company. But will the next CEO be an upgrade or a downgrade? Ballmer 1.0 says it’s the right time to move on. It might not be the perfect time, but it’s the right time. THE. RIGHT. TIME. Is it?
I’m afraid that Ballmer is simply a scapegoat of sorts. The WORLD has been crying for a change in Microsoft’s strategy and focus, and Ballmer was an easy target when it came to throwing blame around on why the Redmond company failed to be a leader in search, tablets, mobile, social…
But Ballmer was never a visionary. He is the guy who wanted the DVD writer instead of the thin design. He is the guy who wanted a keyboard on his mobile phone. He is the guy that wanted Windows to continue powering the world. He simply lacked the vision it took to understand that sometime you have to forget everything you know, throw all the models that produced piles and piles of billions of $, to take a step back, just to be able to leap forward, and to push the entire IT industry along the way.
And when you blame Ballmer for lack of vision is like blaming Steve Jobs for not making affordable, and design-compromising, one-size-fits-all products. It’s pure nonsense. It’s really not his fault. This doesn’t mean that he wasn’t a great CEO. Not by a long shot.
Personally, I think that it’s a mistake to have Ballmer step down, and I don’t buy the fact that it was his idea. What should have happened is restricting his control on Microsoft’s strategy birthed by a true visionary, say like… now what’s his name… Ray Ozzie.
It’s funny to me to recall a time when Ozzie was pushing hard to get Microsoft into the Cloud. And really funny, to have Ballmer talk about Microsoft becoming a devices and services company.
If you want to blame Ballmer for something, blame him for being the poster child for the PC guy. The anti-Apple epitome. The Steve without the Jobs.
I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center.
This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and engineering areas, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Microsoft is an amazing place. I love this company. I love the way we helped invent and popularize computing and the PC. I love the bigness and boldness of our bets. I love our people and their talent and our willingness to accept and embrace their range of capabilities, including their quirks. I love the way we embrace and work with other companies to change the world and succeed together. I love the breadth and diversity of our customers, from consumer to enterprise, across industries, countries, and people of all backgrounds and age groups.
I am proud of what we have achieved. We have grown from $7.5 million to nearly $78 billion since I joined Microsoft, and we have grown from employing just over 30 people to almost 100,000. I feel good about playing a role in that success and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way. We have more than 1 billion users and earn a great profit for our shareholders. We have delivered more profit and cash return to shareholders than virtually any other company in history.
I am excited by our mission of empowering the world and believe in our future success. I cherish my Microsoft ownership, and look forward to continuing as one of Microsoft’s largest owners.
This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most.
Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let’s do ourselves proud.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:03 Written by admin Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:03
Here’s the download link for Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview released today by Microsoft. The Redmond company wants business customers to grab the bits and start testing deployments. Windows 8.1 preview has already been available for download for quite a while now, so you might be asking what’s in it for you. Well, you have to think of Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview as plain vanilla Windows 8.1 preview on steroids.
Here are the premium features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition:
- Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security.
- Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company.
- DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely without having to launch a separate VPN. Also, IT administrators can keep remote users’ PCs up-to-date by applying the latest policies and software updates.
- BranchCache: Employees in branch offices no longer need to download content multiple times across their Wide Area Network (WAN) as BranchCache caches files, websites and other content from central servers locally on hosted cache servers or PCs.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Users will enjoy a rich desktop experience and the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios, thanks to enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012.
- AppLocker: IT organizations can create a more secure environment by restricting the files and apps that users or groups can run on a PC, increasing the security of the device and the data it holds.
- Windows Enterprise Side-Loading: Internal Windows apps can be side-loaded on domain-joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
These Enterprise edition features add to the broader range of the new business capabilities in Windows 8.1 that we shared at TechEd North America back in June. These features included:
- Assigned Access: This new Windows 8.1 feature lets organizations enable a single Windows Store application experience on a device so the user only experiences the specified application but cannot access other system files and applications.
- Inbox VPN Clients: Windows 8.1 extends the ability to third party VPN providers to include versions of their VPN clients’ inbox. This means that on both x86 and ARM (RT) platforms, vendors can work with Microsoft to include their VPN functionality inbox with Windows 8.1.
- Open MDM: With Windows 8.1, new Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) capabilities are built into the OS and enable mobile device management using third-party MDM solutions, such as MobileIron or AirWatch, with no additional agent required. Enhanced policies allow administrators to manage more settings from both Windows Intune and the third-party MDM solutions for both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
- Workplace join: Trusted devices running Windows 8.1 are allowed to access secured enterprise data.
- Remote business data removal: Allows personal devices to connect to, access and store company content that can be efficiently removed from the device by IT at a later date while leaving the personal data intact.
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