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APC 2012 Windows 8 Pre Day Summary Pt 3

Post lunch kicked off with a discussion of deployment metrics of Australian companies, giving an indication of the combined Windows 7 and Windows 8 opportunity, as well as similar opportunities around Office. If customer hasn’t already started Win7, much of the planning for app testing and remediation is very similar for 7 and 8. Win 8 messaging – faster boot, battery life, better performance, faster wifi reconnections, multi monitor improvements, more powerful File Explorer, improved task manager – touch isn’t

APC 2012 Windows 8 Pre Day Summary Pt 2

Audience driven discussions and demonstrations based on areas of interest… SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro versus the competitors. Most in room had not had much exposure to SkyDrive previously, so it was worth spending time showing some of the capabilities. Apps and multiple PC usage, the ease of getting apps installed on new machines or multiple machines. Store makes this easy. Touch, handwriting, onscreen keyboard demonstrated. This was a great demo, it’s easy to forget just how good the pen input on

APC 2012 Windows 8 Pre Day Summary Pt 1

Some statistics that were shared so far… Approximately 2.5 million tablets, 3 million laptops, 2.5 million desktops sold in past year in Australia 80% of 600,000 apps are made up of 200 downloads at a global level. 90 applications classified as top apps for Australian market – a few Australian brands were listed, but as examples, not commitments to being available by launch. Localised experience versus pure global apps to ensure good launch for Australian customers. Have to assume this

Microsoft Australian Partner Conference 2012 Windows 8 Pre-Day

This week I will be at APC 2012, where you will be able to catch me working on the Windows devices booth on Wednesday and Thursday. Today I’m at the Windows 8 Pre-Day, so if you are in attendance track me down for a chat. On the booth my duties will include getting the most out of Windows 8, why you want a Windows 8 touch device, and Windows RT devices versus the competition. Head on over for a demonstration,

MDT 2012 Update 1 Released

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 is now available for download. It includes support for deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, along with continued support for Windows 7, Office 2010, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. Michael Niehaus did a great session at TechEd NA 2012 covering some of the updates, but unfortunately, like most of the other Windows 8 content from that event, it has

My WPC 2012 Wrap Up

We all go to events with different intentions. TechEd 2012 in Orlando was my chance to feed my inner tech, while WPC 2012 was my chance to reconnect with some old workmates, and see what the big opportunities are going to be in the world of Microsoft technologies in 2012. One of the things that many thought was strange was the lack of Surface devices in keynotes or in the expo area. My take on this is that it would

Windows 8 Logos Can Appear on Product Packaging From July 31

This isn’t an announcement that Windows 8 will ship, but that hardware that has already been certified for Windows 8 can use the Windows 8 logo. To ensure that hardware can be certified prior to the release of a new version of Windows, Microsoft allows their OEM partners to submit for logo against pre-release versions of the operating systems, which means there isn’t a post RTM window (no pun intended) without certified PCs and devices. This has several benefits for

Wiping The Dust Off Microsoft’s Surface

Microsoft’s recent announcement of their own brand  of ARM and Intel based devices have certainly caught many people, myself included, by surprise. While it is too early to really dig too deeply into the hardware itself, there are certainly many questions that need to be asked, and like many other people out there, contribute my own speculation and opinion to the mix. Why Would Microsoft Do This? Over the years Microsoft has released a number of hardware devices that most

Ten Tips For Audience Members

After yesterday’s post on tips for presenters, it’s only fair for me to supply a list for those sitting out in the audience. While most of these fall into common sense for many people, everybody is different, and some people may need to be reminded occasionally. 1. Have High Expectations Of The Content I am keeping the presentations skills of the individual(s) out of the equation, some of the better sessions I’ve witnessed from a content perspective haven’t been by

Ten Tips For Presenters

This article came about due to a conversation I had with someone who had recently attended a presentation I was also in the audience at. It wasn’t a session I was particularly enamored with, on many levels, and I was glad to hear the other person thought the same about the session. This isn’t the usual how to be a good presenter advice, there’s enough of that floating around, in this case it addresses some very specific things that we

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