Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. They're coming to many of Microsoft's core products, whether IT pros are ready or not. This week, industry experts explored the whole new world of Windows and what it might mean for the enterprise.
"We wanted to develop a tool which could be used by BOTH operators and developers to bridge the gap between the groups and allow them to create common scripts, learn from each other and work together."
- Jeffrey Snover, Windows Server lead architect, on how PowerShell can help IT pros do their jobs. The scripting tool, which gets a major upgrade in Windows Server 2012, is a big part of Microsoft's plans moving forward.
"The real bummer is that I feel like I'm just now learning my way around Office 2010, and I'm sure I'm not alone."
- Kevin Beaver, in his preview of the impending release of Office 15 (or whatever it will eventually be called). Users can expect many changes in the productivity suite when it finally arrives and judging by the comments on his article, Beaver’s feeling that change happens too fast is all too common.
"So if you have a device that runs Microsoft Office and has a keyboard and mouse, that sure sounds like a laptop to me!"
- Brian Madden, on whether IT shops should plan to handle tablets in the enterprise as mobile devices or laptops. The story gets trickier with Windows RT, which may resemble traditional Windows machines but cannot be managed in the same way.
“Anything [Microsoft] can do to bring legacy apps to Azure without rewriting them will help.”
- Al Hilwa, program director for applications development software at market research firm IDC, discussing updates to Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, to be announced during an event next week. Prepare for the event with this Azure quiz.
"It's roughly equivalent to giving someone a car in which the steering wheel has been replaced by a joystick."
- Michael Mace, cofounder of Zekira, writing about the jarring changes in the Windows 8 interface on the Mobile Opportunity blog. His lengthy post emphasizes the importance of the release not only to Microsoft, but to the tech industry at large; it's a situation in which Microsoft could prosper hugely, or "die a gruesome death." Time's Harry McCracken, for one, wants to see the company stick to its guns in the face of early user discomfort with the new interface.