From: Craig Phillips [cphillips@cnci.us]

Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 11:23 PM

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Subject: Cocktail Talk - Special Edition - Windows 8

 

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Cocktail Talk

 

Special Edition on Windows 8, November 2012

Cocktail Talk

Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".

 

Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.

 

Cocktail Talk is archived on www.cnci.us

 

Currently, on Cocktail Talk - A Special Edition on Windows 8

 

Cocktail TalkSo the guy says to G-Fly (not his real name), "What's the difference between the 185 and 286 models?". G-Fly looks away as if deep in thought, then rubs his chin before looking the client straight in the eyes to say, "One hundred and one.".

 

So what's the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8?

 

8 has two clearly distinct components, the Start Screen (with the Apps formerly known as Metro), and the Desktop.

 

The Desktop works very much like 7 without the Start Menu. That takes a little getting used to. If you've been loading up your Desktop with Shortcuts and Quick Launch Icons you're ahead of the game, because that's what you need to do to use the Desktop in Windows 8.

 

Clearly Microsoft wants us to use the Start Screen instead of the Start Menu and took it away to encourage us. Problem is, you can't run Windows on the Start Screen. You can only run "Window". One window at a time, just like the iPad, or maybe just like the Surface.

 

Surface is Microsoft's Tablet answer to the iPad, and guess what? It runs Windows 8. That means you get the same look and feel from your PC and Tablet. Windows 8 is cross-platform.

 

Navigating back to the Start Screen takes a little doing. Because 8 is cross-platform, and you "swipe" using tablets, there aren't buttons giving you clues. You just move the arrow around and around until something pops up. This mostly happens when you try to move the mouse off screen.

 

Move the mouse off the upper right of the screen and the "Charm Bar" (a menu) pops up to show 5 clown sized "Charms" (Icons). Icons on the Start Screen itself, functioning like the Shortcuts you pasted on your Windows 7 Desktop, are called "Tiles".  From this menu you can add more Tiles to your Start Screen. A really important Tile is "Desktop" which will get you to the Desktop (sans Start Menu) so you can open multiple windows. I can't even imagine people limiting themselves to one open document, email, or internet session, but that's just me and I work for a living. 

 

Windows 8 is really geared towards today's computer bound yet physically mobile market. You've got email, documents, calendar, photos, all in one cloud place that you can access from your PC or tablet wherever you are. You see, 8 has it's own version of iCloud, and then some, called SkyDrive. This is where it gets exciting.

 

Windows 8 is more than just cross-platform, it's cross-oceanic and trans-American. 8 wants you to use a Microsoft Account, linked to your same-old-same-old local PC account, so you can log on to any Windows 8 PC anywhere.

 

This isn't that new. The Dental Tech comes into the room, logs on, bang, their Desktop comes up. Whatever PC they log on to in the office their Desktop comes up. The office is networked and their User Profiles roam the network.  They are called, Roaming Profiles. With the cloud, we're all on one world wide network, and our profiles can roam with us. With Windows 8 and SkyDrive we can  have world wide Roaming Profiles.

 

In Windows 8 you can sync your Settings (User Profile) to SkyDrive so wherever you go you can use any Windows 8 PC. Just declare the  PC "trusted" and SkyDrive will download your Settings right to it. It's a lot like online banking in that respect. You try to log in to your bank account and if you're on a strange PC you have to answer a question or two to have a code sent to you via text, voice or email. No big deal.

 

Windows 8 has 5 flavors, and prices all over the place. An upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for your PC is $39.99, online, limit 5, through January 31, 2013. After that, somewhere around $200. Windows 8 Pro Upgrade is available to owners of Windows PCs going as far back as XP. 

 

I upgraded a six year old Vista Notebook to Windows 8 Pro, $39.99 for a face-lift like that isn't bad. 8 doesn't need a whole of of PC power to run either, after all it runs on a tablet. You don't even have to know if your PC has what it takes, the "Upgrade Advisor" does all that for you prior to purchase.  Not a bad way to re-purpose that old XP or Vista Notebook you have under the short table leg.

 

The difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is one, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading,

 

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Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.

 

 

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