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IT News Thread, Windows 9, April 2015 in Other News; Originally Posted by Quackers Looking at those numbers, they need to get an iOS and Android version of Microsoft Office ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    Looking at those numbers, they need to get an iOS and Android version of Microsoft Office out there. Office is a good seller by those stats, Im convinced it would sell well on non Windows platforms, its not like they don't already do Office for other platforms like Office for Mac.
    Never tried, but, how does the web based Office 365 work with those platforms - if at all. And how far away in features is the Web version from the retail version. This is where MS need to develop Office. Not sure native clients are worth the asking price anymore. Remember the future is atleast 4G Internet at 98% coverage once telcos get their acts together.

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    The funny thing is after the 8.1 update I don't mind it at all now, even on my desktop. Problem is they made such a mess of the 8.0 original release with some shockingly poor design mistakes and it's never really recovered. Also the hardware the OEMs have produced tablet-wise hasn't been good enough either, far too expensive and generally not that great in terms of design when compared to some of the Apple / Google stuff. Surface had the design right but the RT version was a mistake (although I think that was more down to Intel not getting low power x86 chips done in time, forcing MS to go with ARM).


    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Never tried, but, how does the web based Office 365 work with those platforms - if at all. And how far away in features is the Web version from the retail version. This is where MS need to develop Office. Not sure native clients are worth the asking price anymore. Remember the future is atleast 4G Internet at 98% coverage once telcos get their acts together.
    It works OK on an iPad but the browser controls and various other bits of screen estate get in the way. Also annoying multiple logins if you move between, say the SkyDrive or Office app to go and edit a document.

    It all needs to be brought together into a single app, could use the web apps code but just skin it into a full screen dedicated browser and pass credentials to it based on what the user signs into the Office app with. Alternatively look at the OneNote app for iPad and imagine Word and Excel using the same interface, that would work well imo.

    The other thing MS need to do sharpish is sort out their awful product naming and create business only versions of certain apps. For example I was trying to use OneNote to save to my Office 365 account but I have to make a consumer MS account to even log into it! The 365 account has to be tacked on after and all new Notebooks default to the consumer SkyDrive, horrible user experience that ruins what would otherwise be a good product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    Looking at those numbers, they need to get an iOS and Android version of Microsoft Office out there.
    Office was released for iOS and Android over five months ago...

    www.edugeek.net/forums/news/120973-microsoft-office-android-released.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Even more of a reason to wait for Windows 9
    Wouldn't this imply that Windows 8.1 is the "new" Windows 7, if 8.0 was Vista?
    Last edited by Arthur; 18th January 2014 at 08:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Wouldn't this imply that Windows 8.1 is the "new" Windows 7, if 8.0 was Vista?
    No, it was technically an update - so is still part of of the Windows 8 family

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Wouldn't this imply that Windows 8.1 is the "new" Windows 7, if 8.0 was Vista?
    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    No, it was technically an update - so is still part of of the Windows 8 family
    But wasn't Threshold originally going to be 8.2 but given the 9 name to distance it from the negativity towards 8. Soooo is it really an OS in its own right? :head spin:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    But wasn't Threshold originally going to be 8.2 but given the 9 name to distance it from the negativity towards 8. Soooo is it really an OS in its own right? :head spin:
    It probably started as "8.2" but now that 8.x is "Vista MKII" - I suspect that with the rebranding to Windows 9 it will be treated and coded as a new OS and built accordingly as one

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    *don't even go there face*

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    Not looking forward to the Metro 2.0. Why can't we just stick with a standard desktop! Or at least have an optional feature.

    Personally, I think it's too soon after the fail of Windows 8. They've only just fixed it with the 8.1 update...

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    HP must have some old stock to shift!


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    Most vendors have stock to shift, partly due to Win 8 debacle. Sticking Win 7 on them is probably a good move ;-)

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    HP bringing back Windows 7 PCs? Not so fast... ZDNet

    HP never stopped selling Windows 7 PCs, and it's actually selling fewer Windows 7 models today than it did last summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Update 1 wouldn't be a major update, so they can't call it 8.2.
    How about 8.1.1?

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    Using some of MS heritage it should clearly be 8.11, maybe with an enhanced tablet management add-on called 8.11 for Workgroups

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    Internet Explorer 11 to get new 'enterprise mode' [in 8.1 Update 1] ZDNet

    Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it's referred to internally, is supposedly going to be a new feature of IE11. According to my sources, EMIE will allow businesses to specify which sites should be loaded in IE8 compatibility mode and which don't need it. Users who need IE8 to view certain intranet sites and internal apps would still be able to move to IE11 on Windows 7 (or Windows 8.x) thanks to the new compatibility mode functionality. But they still would be able to make use of all the rest of IE11's features the rest of their browser needs.
    Microsoft should have done this years ago to get businesses off of XP and enable Windows 7 PCs to be upgraded to the latest version of IE.

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