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15th May 2013, 02:51 PM #1
Windows Blue - Confirmed as 8.1 and Free!
Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE! ? The Register
Most interesting part...
Time to start penning in some time near Christmas for those who are testing or rolling out Windows 8. Shame it couldn't come during summer!
“It will be easy to get it right from the Windows Start screen through the app store,” Reller told the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in New York.
She also revealed that "Blue"'s official name is now Windows 8.1 and that it will be finished and released “near the end” of the calendar year.
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15th May 2013, 03:38 PM #2
I wonder if they'll do an 8.11 for workgroups with nice network features like manageability
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15th May 2013, 03:43 PM #3
Not to be a cycnic, but nobody has actually said officially that the standard desktop is coming back as a boot option... yeah, they say they're not being stubborn, but then most stubborn people deny the fact they're stubborn...
I hope they have listened and will give us the option to at least start in desktop mode, but I can't help but feel they'll just have tweaked the Metro interface slightly...
15th May 2013, 03:44 PM #4
I thought they announced they wasn't going to be doing a service pack 1?
15th May 2013, 03:45 PM #5
wonder if it will be deployable via wsus orm some other way than just via the store and preferably as an integrated install dvd
15th May 2013, 03:45 PM #6
It'd be nice if they're going to introduce some proper Active Directory controls for TIFCAM.
15th May 2013, 03:48 PM #7
i just dont see it as far as im concerned windows vista+ while based on nt code are akin to 95/98 home os's that can be made to work in a business unlike 2k/xp that had settings for pretty much anything
Originally Posted by localzuk
15th May 2013, 03:48 PM #8
There is still no announcement as to what exactly Windows 8.1 will have in it. At least we now have a proper name, one of the possible install methods and a rough release date.
15th May 2013, 03:52 PM #9
Hopefully after June we'll get some more details.
Anyone know if there's a beta programme?
16th May 2013, 12:20 AM #10
Originally Posted by LosOjos
By the way, my sources tell me that the "Blue" update to Windows Server will indeed be called Windows Server 2012 R2
as expected. (Source
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16th May 2013, 12:26 AM #11
They're including some brand new PowerShell cmdlets for managing the Start Screen and Apps. e.g. Get-StartApps, Import-StartLayout, Export-StartLayout, Set-AppXProvisionedDataFile.
Originally Posted by localzuk
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16th May 2013, 03:20 PM #12
Yay, logon scripts, weren't GPP + GPO supposed to replace them, schitzophrenic fruitcakes that they are can't stick to anything. Bring back MSI, bring back GPO. Why they insist on scuttling their strenths to focus on what other people do worse is stupid. I hope Balmer gets caught in a chair related explosion of his own making. He has to go.
Originally Posted by Arthur
16th May 2013, 03:23 PM #13
My thoughts exactly GPO works beautifully. Its easy to maintain, so long as you can decode the quadruple negatives they use and it all makes sense - just a series of registry settings in essence.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
Forcing us to now go back to having to use scripts, after we've all just got used to using GPP for things is dumb, plain and simple.
16th May 2013, 03:25 PM #14
it looks like these days ms want you to do everything in powershell. As ive said before gpp to me is a lazy way of ms doing gpos they dont have to write anything you do it for them an alter settings/registry
16th May 2013, 03:30 PM #15
Anf PS is their answer to Linux, unfourtunatly they forgot to take into account that a stack of their audience would be using Linux anyway if they wanted to be locked into a shell for every little thing. Their initial stated goal was PS compatibility wile maintaining GUI tools, that did not even last the first product release before you had a stack of configuration stuff you needed to do only avalible through PS along with GUI tools so sluggish thanks to their PS underpinnings you were better off reading the book on it and doing it by the shell because it was quicker than waiting for their tools. In their haste they just made the jump to Linux for some users make more sense.
Originally Posted by sted
PS has been one of MS's worst mistakes in my view, it in itself is good but the cost has been far to high.
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