Windows 6.2 
Saturday, 8 September, 2012, 00:42
Posted by Administrator
I work with Windows. Comes with the territory of working for a Microsoft Gold Partner. I'm eyebrows-deep in Windows all day, from Server 2003 up to Server 2008 R2 and from XP to 8. It gets cumbersome to name all versions of Windows, so I refer to anything newer than Vista as 6.x: Vista itself was 6.0, Windows 7 was 6.1, and Windows 8 is 6.2. Same goes for Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012, which are their respective server counterparts. Makes it much easier to distinguish between modern Windows operating systems and everything older, as Vista introduced many concepts that didn't exist in previous versions.

Given that this is the environment I work in, it is vitally important that I stay on top of the latest developments in Microsoft's operating system. I read articles, watch videos, listen to podcasts, and so on. It came as absolutely zero surprise to me, then, that there were all sorts of doom and gloom predictions for Microsoft's latest offering. They were there when XP was released because it had the Start menu with the now-familiar frequently-used list. They were there when Vista was released because of Aero's heavier requirements and UAC. They were there for Windows 7 because it really didn't look that different to Vista. The doom & gloom is much louder now, though, because Microsoft has done away with the Start menu entirely.

I'll skip to my impression of this: it's no big deal. I had no idea how much I didn't use the Start menu until it was taken away. I guess that means I rely more heavily on my keyboard than the doomsayers, then. Other operating systems don't have equivalent menus anymore either -- I'm posting this from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS right now and it has a full-screen menu, but it doesn't have the same level of functionality as Windows 8's Start screen.

My favorite Windows 8 feature is the multi-monitor taskbar. I bought an Ultramon license back in my Windows XP days and used it until Windows 7 Service Pack 1 was released. The Windows 8 taskbar gives me the functionality I really used in Ultramon without having to install a third-party application to handle it, which is great.

Also, Internet Explorer 10 is faster than ever at downloading Google Chrome.

So, overall, my work hasn't been impacted by the switch to Windows 8, despite all of the negative press the OS is receiving. I'd recommend going into it with an open mind and a clear head -- you'll probably enjoy the different experience.
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