detailed the new name for Windows 8, the different versions of Windows 8 and the new name for WOA. In addition, today, Microsoft announced the new name for Windows Server 8 – Windows Server 2012. I wanted to take a step back and look at some of the things we now know about Windows 8 from these announcements. I found 8 interesting points from these announcements.
Windows 8 is the official (final) nameI think that was a little strange that this was announced again. We had after all been through a Developer Preview and Consumer Preview. The name Windows 8 has been plastered on all Windows websites and throughout ALL of Microsoft’s branding. I think most people assumed that it was a done deal with the name so it was a little strange to see the subject revisited as recently as yesterday.
The new name Windows RTNo need to rehash all the Twitter noise online about this. It’s confusing to a lot of people and it seems like a very unpopular choice. Me personally, I don’t care much, I’m just glad there’s some clarity around Windows On Arm.
Upgrades from XP and Vista will not be supportedThis will be an interesting point for businesses who have to make some tough upgrade choices. For all intents and purposes, the way to Windows 8 is through Windows 7 – no exceptions. From a licensing perspective, what does that mean for a company that actually is on XP or Vista? Do they have to buy licenses for Windows 7 and Windows 8? From an upgrade perspective, how would this work – would the company have to build upgrade profiles to Windows 7 and then test those profiles on Windows 8 as well? We will need to hear more about Microsoft’s upgrade recommendations for business.
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will come with Windows RTNot sure but isn’t this the first time Microsoft has actually pre-installed Microsoft Office on a version of Windows? That’s pretty profound to me. Looking back at Windows 7 versions, I don’t see any reference to Microsoft Office at all. Interesting.
Storage Spaces won’t be available in Windows RTI covered Windows 8 Storage Spaces here but in a nutshell, it’s a feature in Windows 8 that allows you to pool multiple hard drives to create a shadow mirror. Windows 8 pools the available space in a logical fashion and does complex data management on your behalf. That’s the cliff notes version. This is curious to me because my understanding of Windows RT is:
This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life.PC’s will run Windows RT as well. It seems like a pretty key feature to keep out of the OS. I assume that it is being left out because it’s a processor intensive task and they want to protect battery life. Still, it was a little jarring to see.