Just forget about Windows 8

PC shipments are down and predictions of a 20% decline for the year are not to far fetched. We have to take a realistic look at the obvious trend, especially if you are involved with a commitment to a Microsoft PC computing environment. Reality being, Microsoft is not going to be a player in the mobile space. Why, because Microsoft is still trying to define the mobile space that has already been defined. What is wrong in Redmond?

What is with Windows 8. What does Microsoft think those millions of iPad owners were looking for? Do they think iPad owners are disadvantaged by not having a device that runs MS Office. I’m sorry for going back and harping on MS Office. But guess what, when I decided to write this post I was on a PC, so I opened Wordpad to write it. Why, because Wordpad is more effective for this very common type of writing that dominates how most of us communicate. I won’t go much deeper into the MS Office dumpster, Excel can still stand on its own as an enterprise application but everything else is unnecessarily complex.

OK, back to Windows 8, no, never mind, it really isn’t worth a critique. It is just ridiculous, starting with the fact that you have to use a Microsoft email account to activate the email app. So here is where I am at. I believe that Windows 7 should be our supported Microsoft desktop or laptop OS and that the iPad is the most effective tablet for our campus. Something is really wrong with Microsoft when the iPad actually plays better with the PC then their tablet does.

Advice to Microsoft: just keep improving Windows 7. Advice to Dell and Hewlett-Packard: push Windows 7, Microsoft can’t tell you what to do anymore. Oh yes, take a lesson from Lenovo and sell OS less PCs.

Here are a few possible steps in the right directions. Bring Back the Start Button and Boot to Desktop

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About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is the Chief Information Officer for Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. Greg recently joined Missouri S&T after serving as the Chief Information Officer for George Fox University George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on April 12, 2013, in HP, iPad, IT Support, Linux, Microsoft, Mobile Computing, PC and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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