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Internet Explorer 10 is on its way and here to stay

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by Ashley No Comments


After the long wait from Microsoft, the development team have released Internet Explorer 10 to users of Windows 7. Users of Windows 7 will get the update from the windows update service over the next few days.

This update has been on hold while the Windows 8 quick fixes and updates were rolling out during the launch phase.  With Internet Explorer being Microsoft’s preferred browser of choice for Windows 8 and Server 2012, preparing IE10 for Windows 7 was not such an easy task. Currently there are no plans for any updates for Windows Vista or indeed the dying Windows XP.

A statement from the Internet Explorer development team said: “With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers,”

Sources for Internet Explorer 10 have said that the new version is 20% faster for real websites in tests against the current top dog Google Chrome. As well as this, the new version also states compatibility with 30 new web standards that were not compatible in Internet Explorer 9. This pushes the standards forward providing improvements to hardware acceleration for many features.

To demonstrate the new features and improvements Microsoft decided to show off with a fully working game of Minesweeper that is based on HTML5 and other recent web standards.

No official date has been given for the start of the roll out via Windows Update, only that it will be in the next few weeks and all customers running Windows Seven and Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be able to receive the update.

Windows 8, The Final Word

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments


Windows 8 is heralded as the next operating system from Microsoft but with major changes to the user interface how will businesses take it.

First off, we need to look at the key difference in the operating system, as Microsoft look towards the future they see trends of people picking up tablet devices and mobile phones, not sitting at desktops and typing for hours. This has lead to the development of the new ‘Modern U.I.’ (Previously known as ‘Metro U.I.’), a radically different user interface than what our users know today. This ‘Modern U.I.’ replaces the Windows 7 Start menu with a full screen, bright and bold interface comprised of tiles rather than standard shortcut links. These tiles are able to show live information from sources such as weather and social media sites.

This unfortunately for businesses means that users have a large amount of scrolling to do to before they see that normal programs, Programs are arranged in an ad-hoc way rather than the standard alphabetical list users are used to. With customisation users can arrange the icons to display up to 24 tiles on the first screen, normally enough for most users. However in my experience, most users wont do this, Windows XP, Vista and 7 all had features available to “Pin to Start” since 2002 yet I still see a significant number of users relying on the ‘recently opened programs list’ and getting very confused when an application disappears.

As a side note, When looking at the New ‘Modern U.I.’ take a look back at Windows 3.1 Program manager (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_Manager) and let me know if you see anything familiar, Have we really moved forward?

Next we look at the ‘Modern U.I.’ Apps themselves, designed for a world of touch screen devices they seem to include larger bold interfaces, and few features the business workforce will find this slow and bulky from general workstations.

The one saving grace we have is the option to run these items in the normal Windows 7 style desktop environment, but it does mean just another couple of clicks every time we want to start a program. By default Windows 8 include no way to open internet explorer directly on the desktop, the user must first open the ‘modern U.I.’ App and then switch to the desktop mode using the spanner icon at the bottom of the screen.

As you may have noticed, the windows in the above preview do not have traditional close buttons and there is not task bar at the bottom of the screen to allow switching between apps, instead everything must be found by learning a series of gestures that are designed for a hand not a mouse and never seem to work first time you try them. To close a Modern UI app the user must grab an imaginary handle somewhere at the top of the windows and drag the app down to the bottom of the screen out the way. To switch between applications the user must move the mouse to the top left hand corner, until the task switching icon appears, once this has appeared the user needs to swipe the mouse down the side of the screen without moving too far from the edge. and if done correctly the user should see a task bar appear similar to below.

However you wont be able to switch directly into most programs, instead you must first load the desktop, then switch to the programs you want in the normal windows 7 methods by using the bottom task bar. These modification make the user experience feel like you are running two completely different operating systems, firstly the windows 7 that we are all familiar with, and secondly an operating system designed beautifully to work for touch screen tablets and phones but with no regard to the workforce who generally make up the largest proportion of an operating systems sales. While both interfaces work well for their purpose, Microsoft seems to have attempted to bolt the two together and have created something that totally fails to form a practical operating system for the corporate marketplace.

 

Microsoft ‘Surface’ to Compete Against iPad and Android

Posted on: June 19th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Microsoft has announced that they have been developing a new range of tablets dubbed ‘surface’.

They will run Windows 8 using the new and controversial Metro interface.

The main bonus with these tablets is that they will be compatible with software such as the Microsoft Office suite, although it is currently not known if this will be bundled along with the new tablets or whether they will have to be paid for separately.

The tablet range will also be compatible with existing Windows software, but some of the applications may need to be adjusted for use with Windows 8 – so don’t expect immediate compatibility!

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