Posted on February 14th, 2017 at 09:28 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
This is a repost of a blog item that got gobbled up when the site went down. Here’s the original post, but the original comments are gone.
For those of us down in the cumulative trenches, it’s a bit jarring to realize that many of the folks who make key decisions about technology aren’t plugged in to the day-to-day.
Eric Knorr has a good “forest for the trees” explanation in his InfoWorld blog.
Posted on February 8th, 2017 at 07:54 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
From the “I didn’t know that” category… AMD says it will provide Windows 7 drivers for its new “Ryzen” processors. Lenovo’s new laptops will run Win7 – even though they’re “Kaby Lake” chip based. Dell is providing Win7 installation media for their high-end machines.
Read all the latest in the Rumors and what-ifs forum.
And thanks to the anonymous posters!
Posted on February 7th, 2017 at 05:29 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Kevin Parrish at Digital Trends kicked Windows 10 Cloud around a bit, and came up with some surprising discoveries.
WinCloud, you may recall, is the internal name of the supposed “next” version of Windows. It was leaked on a Russian site over the weekend, and took the Windows blogosphere by storm, with lots and lots of contradictory rumors and guesses.
Microsoft’s mum, of course, so we don’t have anything but an obviously pre-pre-release version of Windows 10 that runs on Intel machines.
Parrish found a half-dozen features/settings that merit consideration, including the ability to install apps from anywhere (not just the Windows Store), and a test run of a converted Win32 app. There’s a list of very small differences between the current Win10 beta (15025) and this Windows Cloud beta. (One of the differences listed isn’t, in fact, a difference: Windows PowerShell will replace Command Prompt in the 1703 Power Menu.)
If you’re curious about the way Windows may be headed late this year, take a look.
UPDATE: WalkingCat, @h0x0d on Twitter, has just tweeted a retraction of sorts. It seems that the ability to restrict apps to Windows Store only is present in all editions of 1703. I can confirm that the setting is on my plain-vanilla copies of Win10 beta 15025.
Where does that leave us? With a functional test run of a Desktop App Converter/project Centennial-converted app – and a Cloud version that’s more enigmatic than ever.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Interesting conjecture on Twitter about Win10 Cloud’s positioning in the market.
Posted on February 4th, 2017 at 07:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Günter Born has a very interesting post up this morning. He got his hands on a copy of Windows Cloud (possibly named “Windows 10 Cloud”?) and posted numerous screenshots.
It looks like Microsoft is creating a new, lighter version of Windows 10 that will go head-to-head with Chromebooks and ChromeOS. Based on warning messages inside the program, we know that Windows Cloud will only run programs from the Windows Store. And that’s about all we know.
As befits a leaked alpha, there are all sorts of problems. Born has a few details:
A freshly installed systems comes with desktop apps like Notepad, WordPad, Paint, Explorer and also Internet Explorer.
(IE? Yes! IE!)
Windows Cloud comes also with many well known apps from Windows 10, like Photos, Mail, Edge, Camera, Store, Maps, some apps to access Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. There is also a OneNote tile and a tile Get Office (Beta) – but I wasn’t able to launch the Get Office (Beta).
Martin Brinkmann at gHacks adds:
Some of these apps are first party applications or games, while others third-party applications. The selection includes Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and on the games side Age of Empires Castle Siege, Asphalt 8, and Royal Revolt among others.
Most don’t appear to be installed though, but merely links to the application’s Windows Store entry.
That’s about it. By all accounts, even “Centennial” apps – the ones more-or-less automatically translated from Win32 to UWP – don’t work.
We don’t know if it’s for Intel architecture or ARM architecture machines, or both. We don’t know how the Store is going to change to accommodate the new version (it couldn’t get much worse, eh?). We don’t even know when WinCloud will appear, how Microsoft will “monetize” it, what kind of effect it’ll have on Windows 10.
But just about everybody agrees that the term “Cloud” is a red herring: It doesn’t appear to be any more “cloud”y that any other recent operating system. We’re looking at some sort of platform, likely based exclusively on WinRT, that at first glance has all of the appeal of Windows RT.
You remember Windows RT, yes? It’s the version of Windows that doesn’t run, you know, Windows. Microsoft’s multi-million-dollar Scroogled campaign warned us about Windows RT, although it was ostensibly directed at Google. That was just a few years ago.
Lipstick and personal trainer for a geriatric pig? Or a spry competitor for ChromeOS? Born took a look at the footprint, and found that WinCloud is three times as big as ChromeOS. Ooomph. He sums it up:
Why should I buy a cheap system with a restricted Windows 10 Cloud OS, instead of a system with Windows 10 that is able to run also Win32 desktop apps? … The history of Windows RT shows that people don’t like restricted editions of a product, if they can have a fully functional edition. And if a user decided to buy a cheap system, why not a Chromebook with Chrome OS? There are a ton of apps and Chrome OS comes with a much smaller foot print.
It’s going to be interesting.
Posted on February 3rd, 2017 at 12:50 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
In anticipation of this weekend’s Bug Bash, Microsoft has released official copies (ISO files) of its latest Win10 version 1703, beta test version 15025.
If you have a spare machine (or want to run it in a VM), download it here.
If you find anything unexpected, let me know in the Lounge!
(P.S. Yeah, the download’s taking for-e-ver.)
Posted on February 1st, 2017 at 11:12 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
A new news post from AskWoody MVP @digitalmediaphile .
The discussion continues on the Ask Microsoft Surface questions here forum.
Posted on February 1st, 2017 at 08:10 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Günter Born has a blog post on Born’s Tech and Windows World that looks into the question. He comes down solidly in favor of 1703 – even if it isn’t released until April.
Posted on February 1st, 2017 at 07:16 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Usage numbers are in, and there’s some mildly good news for Win10 fans.
InfoWorld Woody on Windows