The Executive's Guide to Windows 8 (free ebook)

The Executive's Guide to Windows 8 (free ebook)

Summary: Windows 8 offers plenty of innovation -- maybe even too much. Business and IT decision makers have a lot to consider when it comes to Windows 8 deployments. Here's a deep dive on the big issues.

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When Microsoft designed Windows 8 it had a couple big goals in mind. One was about driving better convergence from the PC to the tablet to smartphone. The other was about completely re-engineering Windows for a multi-touch environment. The question of how well they pulled it off and whether it was even the right strategy will continue to be debated. However, today's business leaders are faced with the immediate decision of whether Windows 8 offers value to their organizations and if they should adopt it or route around it.

To help business and IT executives tackle this issue, ZDNet and TechRepublic have created The Executive's Guide to Windows 8, a PDF ebook that digs into the big questions facing enterprises and SMBs. The ebook is available as a free download to registered ZDNet and TechRepublic members. (If you're not already a member, you can click here to register. It only takes a moment.) 

The ebook contains three main sections:

  • Does it make sense to upgrade?
  • Who plans to upgrade?
  • Why did Microsoft gamble on the new UI?

As the summary to the ebook over on TechRepublic explains:

In this guide, you'll see what industry analysts and IT professionals think about the new OS, who is planning a Windows 8 deployment (and who is holding back), the reasons behind that go/no-go decision, and what Microsoft's strategy is likely to mean for corporate IT down the road.

Download it here.

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Topic: Windows 8

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  • You need an Ebook for that ?

    You can sum it up in one sentence:

    "downgrade to windows 7 as the GUI is terrible"
    Alan Smithie
  • Innovation... more like degradation

    The "metro" interface or whatever they are calling it now, which you are forced to deal with even on a desktop, offers NO innovation for desktop users at all. It may be great for tablets?? Who has a Windows tablet? Why are desktop users forced to use an interface designed for tablets? Why not have 2 operating systems, 1 for desktops and 1 for tablets and just give them the ability to run software from both??? Guess that would require 3 or 4 years of development time... oh wait, they had that much time...
    RAK5
    • "Why not have 2 operating systems, 1 for desktops and 1 for tablets?"

      "Why not have 2 operating systems, 1 for desktops and 1 for tablets... *and just give them the ability to run software from both?*"

      Give them the ability to run software from both, *without* consolidating their software and application functionality into a single operating system? This is a contradiction.

      Such wishful thinking would have given us the first version of Windows *without a DOS command line*, because that too combined "incompatible" user interfaces with different designs and forced users to switch between them.

      Here's a thought: if you don't like Windows 8 don't use it. If you think it'll fail then rejoice. But let the rest of us move on.
      Spatha@...
    • I have a Windows 8 tablet, TYVM...

      And Metro is on the desktop because Microsoft wants to combine the Windows UX into one, and thanks to that, I can move seamlessly between my phone, my tablet, and my desktop.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Here's a thought!

      "Why not have 2 operating systems, 1 for desktops and 1 for tablets"

      Here's a better thought, why not integrate the 2 O/S's so we can have the best of both worlds all at once! Wait! That's what they did, I've got in on a Tablet and a desktop, no issues with either, use the Start Screen more on the Tablet and use the Desktop more on my desktop, BUT still find it hand to switch on both some of the time!

      To use a line or too from a Dr. Seuss Book

      "YOU DO NOT LIKE IT. SO YOU SAY.
      TRY IT! TRY IT! AND YOU MAY.
      TRY IT AND YOU MAY, I SAY.

      Change a work so it make's sense, but you get the drift.
      martin_js
  • So many tears over spilled milk

    I remember all the complains about operating systems going from command line to a Graphical User Interface. Oh the horror that GUIs were going to create and how it would ruin computing as we knew it. You could swim in the river of tears people were crying about it. Same thing for the changes made from Windows 3.1 to Windows95.

    The start button has been replaced with a full screen live action display of programs. No one is forced to use the new interface beyond that. You can happily spend all day in the desktop of Windows8 if you choose.

    Everything is going to be just fine.
    Emacho
    • But, but, but...

      The Start Screen is useless on my new 2348732482736428736482 inch monitor!!!!11 It forces me to move my mouse around, which, I don't want to do, and it's full scren!!!1
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • I remember all the complaints about Vista

      And all the clueless fanboys apologizing:
      Everything is going to be just fine!

      sure, buddy...
      theo_durcan
    • It isn't Just fine

      It is not just fine because the font rendering in Windows 8 is terrible.

      I can understand having a unified interface, but introducing blurry fonts into Windows 8 is just madness. What on earth were Microsoft thinking?
      ITenquirer
      • Blurry font?

        Must be your machine matey boy, On my desktop, my tablet, my wife's laptop not to mention my customers upgraded PC and the Win 8 Laptops we have sold NONE have a blurry font issue.
        Oh and before you get all up in arms, I've been wearing Glasses for a bad Astigmatism since I was 7 years old and since 40 my short site has started to go as well. So believe me when I say, if there was a blurry font issue I would have seen it!
        martin_js
  • The Executive's Guide to Windows 8 (free ebook)

    Thanks for the guide, I will be passing it along to those in charge. Microsoft Windows 8 has been wonderful to use here. Its speedy start up times, app compatibility, and stable operating system has made it the default. In a few more days I can see family and friends open up their Microsoft Windows 8 upgrades for Christmas. Its only a matter of time before other operating systems copy the start screen.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • "...family and friends open up their Microsoft Windows 8 upgrades..."

      Ah... You bring tears to my eyes.
      Smalahove
    • SO SWEET...

      In a few more days I can see family and friends open up their Microsoft Windows 8 upgrades for Christmas...

      good to know at least you have friends...
      theo_durcan
      • that means you don't have friends?

        Oh, poor baby.
        Ram U
  • Just ignore the tablet UI

    To my mind Win8 is a fair upgrade to Win7 so long as you ignore the tablet UI.

    MS made a mistake in setting the default UI to be tablet oriented when it is obvious that the vast majority of users are Desktop oriented. It is insulting to have a new paradigm forced upon you as the default setting, we should have had the choice.

    Experienced users can easily configure the system so the multi-window PC UI takes priority but many users are going to flounder and assume that the mono-window Tablet UI is what Win8 is all about and decide to either spend the money to get a touch device or give a miss and stick with Win7 (care to guess what most users will decide?).

    As a long time MS supporter (30+ years) I have no axe to grind. Having decided that they need to make an effort to establish a presence in the Touch market place I am sure they spent a lot of time, effort and money researching user interactions on PCs, tablets and mobiles before coming up with the final Win8 configuration. I am also sure that both the PC UI and the Tablet UI work as intended and each perform the required task for their corresponding hardware group admirably.

    However, someone somewhere made a design decision that the PC and Tablet UIs need to converge and now is the time to do it. If the use of touch based devices was prevalent in the PC marketplace then this would be a reasonable decision. In a scenario where 99%+ of PC systems are mouse/keyboard/touchpad based I have to sit back and think 'Oops!'.
    philmurray
  • immediate decision?

    "However, today's business leaders are faced with the immediate decision of whether Windows 8 offers value to their organizations and if they should adopt it or route around it."

    I don't get it. What happens if business leader are fails to make that immediate decision?

    Does someone jump out from behind the file cabinet and whack him or her in the knees, screaming, "You took too long to decide!"?

    Do business leaders really have to do this right this minute?

    I'd hate to be the one to tell them all that their attention is required immediately to decide whether or not to upgrade to the latest MS OS offering.

    Good luck with that one...
    coastin
    • I beleive business are a bit smarter than yoo!

      Or I for that matter, the ones that need to upgrade will, the ones that don't need to upgrade wont', it's not rocket science!
      martin_js
      • Yoo?

        Did you mean to say: "I believe business are a bit smarter than you!"

        I'll have you know that I got my BS at TMI and graduated top of my class with a BMF.

        But if business' are a bit smarter than me why do they need a blogger telling them that they are faced with the immediate decision of whether Windows 8 offers value to their organizations and if they should adopt it or route around it.

        Still do not see the urgency from the business stand point, unless that business is Micro$oft.
        coastin
  • 16 million color displays

    And Microsoft sees fit to give us a UI with 16 colors.
    johnsmith9875