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The Hidden Disruption inside Microsoft Windows 8

It seems that everyone is focusing on the inconveniences and incompleteness of the transition Windows 8 is aiming at.

Let me tell you something, if you are not absolutely enthused about what it brings, keep reading, because you are missing big times.

I finally got to playing with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and more importantly Sky Drive (soon to be renamed to One Drive) as well as the Microsoft store. Up until now, I thought working with Windows 8 would be a time loss. As many say it seemed to be the “Windows Vista” failure played again. So, as many do, I thought I should stick to Windows 7, if I want to get some work done, and avoid playing with something that will be dead in the water soon enough.

If you feel the same, here is what you are missing:

The combination of Sky Drive / One Drive along with the Microsoft Windows App store is the real deal here. If successfully executed, it could lead to (here are just few points) —

1. Less Viruses, as software is gotten through a single more reliable source.

2. Malicious code that still sneaked in, would be removed quickly from all computers through the Store updates.

3. User data as well as Apps and settings can easily migrate across computers, reducing setup or recovery time for desktops and servers.

4. The 3rd party APP developers will look into embedding their data and settings into Sky Drive / One Drive as well.

5. Licensing can be managed much easier, automatically, through the store.

6. The whole desktop APP market and IT APP Management market could be disrupted due to the focal position of the Windows APP store and its built-in ease of deployment and manageability.

Furthermore, I have to say, I like the “Single App on the whole screen”, because it puts away all the clutter of other apps and windows, and lets me focus on what I need to do.

Windows 8 is a bit cumbersome, because it represents a transition period, yet the goal is worthy and I will be spending more time on this new puppy.

How do you feel about all this?

Yet another cloud provider spill over (Azure) and the Missing Cloud Sync Feature


This Friday¬†February 22 at 12:44 PM PST,¬†Microsoft reported a¬†worldwide outage impacting HTTPS traffic due to an expired SSL certificate. They added “Customers may experience intermittent failures during this period. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our customers.”

This is yet another collapse of a major cloud provider, IT Professionals and businesses are becoming dependent on.

While each cloud provider has its own high availability solutions, and dedicated staff to assist resolve issues, as quickly as possible, it is becoming more aparent, that major downtime is bound to happen to all of them.

Yet, it seems everyone is ignoring the “pink elephant” roaming across our delicate glass data center.

If massive cloud provider downtime is bound to happen – what is the killer app?

I’d say its the one that continously syncs your data and apps across more than one cloud provider, so you can switch from one cloud provider to the other, based on their availability.

Call it ADN (CDN = Content Delivery Network, and ADN would be Application Delivery Network).

Do you agree?

Who should be the provider of ADN then?