I had an annoying problem with my Samsung Slate running Windows 8. I use it while traveling, and every time I connected to a different wi-fi network, or even woke it from sleep while on the same network, I would get several minutes pause while Windows tried access the network. During this time, applications like
…continue reading Fixing slow network or wi-fi in Windows 8 with Hyper-V
Microsoft’s cloud PC management service, InTune, is aimed at smaller businesses and the resellers who support them. It brings some of the features of System Center to organisations who are too small to justify deploying it, or who want a simpler solution.
One of the features of InTune is remote assistance. End users click a
…continue reading Key Easy Assist feature of Microsoft InTune disabled on Windows 8, when will it return?
Yesterday Microsoft released its financial figures for the first three months of 2013.
Quarter ending March 31st 2013 vs quarter ending March 31st 2012, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 5703 +1070 3459 +480 Server and Tools 5039 +508 1979 +293 Online 832 +125 -262 +218 Business (Office) 6319 +477
…continue reading Microsoft shrugs off Windows 8 issues with record revenue
Gartner has joined IDC in releasing figures showing a steep drop in PC sales for the first quarter of 2013.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 79.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013, an 11.2 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Global PC shipments went
…continue reading The PC puzzle: does the sales drop implicate or justify Windows 8?
I am attending the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas (between 5 and 6,000 attendees I was told), where Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server & System Center, gave the opening keynote this morning.
There was not a lot of news as such, but a few things struck me as notable.
…continue reading Microsoft takes aim at VMware, talks cloud and mobile device management at MMS 2013
Microsoft has launched a “Keep the cash” offer to developers. Publish up to 20 apps, 10 for Windows Phone and 10 for Windows 8, and get $100 for each of them.
The offer is little use for most of the world. The terms state that “Offer good only to legal residents of the 50
…continue reading Microsoft’s Windows 8 app problem will not be solved by incentivising junk
Samsung’s Jun Dong-soo, president of the memory chip division, has likened Windows 8 to Vista and says it has failed to boost PC sales.
”The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8. I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform,” he said in
…continue reading Windows 8 is another Vista says Samsung memory guy: is he right?
How good is Windows Phone 8 security? Actually, pretty good. The key features are described here [pdf]:
Trusted Boot prevents booting to an alternative operating system, using the UEFI secure boot standard. Only signed operating system components and apps can run. App sandboxing:
No communication channels exist between apps on the phone other
…continue reading Windows Phone 8 enterprise security versus Blackberry 10 Balance and Samsung Knox
At Mobile World Congress there are endless identikit Android smartphones. Does that justify Nokia’s decision two years ago to adopt Windows Phone? We will never know; but there is some merit in a distinctive offering, even though it comes with the pain of being a minority choice.
The press would prefer to see jaw-dropping
…continue reading Nokia at Mobile World Congress: aiming for a bigger market
Here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona HP has announced a 7” Android tablet which will be available in April.
I took a quick look at the Mobile Focus event today. The back of the device is more interesting, showing logos for HP and for Beats Audio.
From the front you would be pushed
…continue reading HP goes Android: what does that say about Windows 8?