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Windows words of the week: Speedy and cheesy

This week's candid quotes say a lot about the past, present and future of Windows, and what each will cost you.

Is VMware really cheaper than Hyper-V? Does Windows 8 really boot too fast? What the heck was up with Vista? This week's candid quotes answer these questions and others.

"Windows 8 has a problem – it really can boot up too quickly."
Chris Clark, a program manager on the Windows user experience team, on the issues associated with Windows 8's much-lauded 7-second boot. The team notes that administrators may want to access certain tools during the boot process, but may not have time to input the commands.

"I just want to use the data I need without worrying whether I'm messing up our compliance."
- The concerns of the "information worker" persona created by Microsoft during its development of Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. The new data compliance feature was covered in a recent post on the Windows Server blog. IT expert Jonathan Hassell called Dynamic Access Control a "great addition to the product" that should simplify data access and security.

"Corporations are still adopting Windows 7, so we don't think there'll be a massive adoption of Windows 8 by corporations early on." 
- Dell CEO Michael Dell on his company's quarterly earnings call. That said, Dell noted that the manufacturer is "totally lined up" with Windows 8 and will produce compatible tablets along with the OS launch. Dell saw its overall profits fall 33% in Q1 of 2013.

“The licensing changes have definitely caused a material increase in queries from our customers."
- Pierre Hall, director of workplace and software solutions at Computacenter Ltd., on the changes in Microsoft volume licensing prices for UK customers. Beginning in July, customers will see a price increase between 7.5% and 33.5%, which has prompted some to speed up purchases and deployments to avoid extra charges. While this doesn't affect everyone, you may want to learn more about the tricky world of Microsoft licensing.

"This style of simulating faux-realistic materials (such as glass or aluminum) on the screen looks dated and cheesy now, but at the time, it was very much en vogue."
- Jensen Harris, director of program management for the Windows user experience team, writing about Windows Vista in a blog post revisiting the history of Windows interfaces. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for the much-maligned operating system in April and will end the "extended" support period in April 2017. Still run Vista in your organization? Check out the Windows 7 migration guide.

"The results are a clear example of why you need to look at more than just a feature checklist and initial price tag when choosing the virtualization platform for your most critical workloads."
- VMware marketing director Eric Horschman, describing an independent test (commissioned by VMware) that compared his company's vSphere virtualization platform with Microsoft Hyper-V, concluding that vSphere is cheaper. This goes against what Microsoft (and many customers) have said in the months since VMware tweaked its pricing model to charge based on virtual memory usage, rather than physical machines.

Whether you believe the test results or not, migration planning tools can help with the decision process.

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