Bits from Bill Pytlovany: The Real Impact of Windows 8

real impact of windows 8

By Bill Pytlovany

The Real Impact of Windows 8

This week Windows 8 passed a major milestone and the final version was made available to many of those responsible for its future. Most everything you’ll read will be debating the radical new interface formerly called “metro”. The real impact of Windows 8 is so much larger. The difference for consumers goes way beyond flat tiles, a missing Start button or a touch screen interface.

Most of my readers know I never was a fan of the 64 bit version of Windows. As I wrote last year, “64-bit Windows is Here, Like it or Not”, continues to be true. As a developer, the changes created quite a learning curve and many hours of programming, testing and customer support.

When first released many users stayed away from 64-bit Windows because it didn’t support some of their old programs or devices. If you purchase a new desktop or laptop today it’s unlikely you’ll even have a choice. Well, the change to 64-bit Windows is nothing compared to what’s coming with Windows 8.

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5 thoughts on “Bits from Bill Pytlovany: The Real Impact of Windows 8

  1. as an 80 year old using an old Dell PC and an epson printer that prints copies writes on disc
    OK except for ink prices.Will i have to throw it all away.Or just stick my head in the gas oven?

  2. This might be a big opportunity for the Linux community to use the Linux OS on desktop PC’s if Microsoft sticks to their guns on the tablet market (which is a good thing). The only problem I have with Linux is that there’s so many different distros that it can get confusing when you’re trying to pick out one when some of the different OS’s are really one of the popular distros but just tweaked a little bit. I’d say about 3 or 4 different Linux distros is fine but having over 10 will be confusing on consumers.

  3. The real trouble is going to be hardware: The secure boot must be easy to turn on or off so windows 8 systems can be a win7 machine, Arch, Linux or one of hundreds of other operating systems.

    Secure boot will not close the infection entry as is being touted by Microsoft. The major reason for secure boot is to make certain you purchase your software from the Microsoft store, & to lock the small business and consumers into a closed system similar to Apple.

    I see about 100 systems a month from a very diverse source, and nearly 25% are used as dual boot systems, and I use a Linux System to clean and scan infected windows systems.

    Hardware with secure boot is going to be a major disaster for many small business if the switch to and from secure boot is not a easy to change before booting a system…

    JR

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