D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

More Win 8 Education is Needed

Friday, September 21, 2012 3:27 AM

“My mail doesn’t work”. That’s what a colleague running Windows 8 said to me the day after he installed Windows 8 on his work laptop. “When I click my email, nothing comes up.” I took a look and realized what was going on – he was clicking the Windows 8 UI Mail app and assumed that this was somehow connected to his Outlook which was installed as a desktop app.

And so highlights a major educational challenge that Windows 8 will encounter – millions of users used to one style of interface now being introduced to a new one that runs side-by-side with their desktop. At work we had an internal tech user group meeting, and we were showing new features of VS.NET 2012 and Windows 8. When we started talking about the difference between Windows 8 UI Apps (AKA Windows Store Apps), people started asking some good questions:

- Can we share a codebase between desktop and Windows Store Apps?
- What’s the difference between WinRT and .NET?
- Why would we create a Windows Store App and not just a Desktop app?

Of course, people are looking at this from a traditional desktop point of view and not a tablet platform, which is really the market that Windows Store Apps will shine on. Still, for developers who not only need to educate themselves but also educate their clients, we’re going to need a better understanding of Windows 8 to see it get real traction within the business/enterprise market.



# re: More Win 8 Education is Needed

Yeah, somoene running a tech conference should host a full day session on Windows 8! Oh wait...http://t.co/Aozz4y3r

:) 9/21/2012 6:09 AM | Aaron Kowall

# re: More Win 8 Education is Needed

This is why Win8 will probably fail miserably on the desktop, with all past Windows OS's it was at least possible to navigate around and figure things out in a short time, even for average users, now with two different "desktops" people are really not going to enjoy the experience and corps are not going to buy into a desktop experience where they have to train their users to use it.

9/22/2012 4:26 AM | WilliamH

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I've recently installed Windows 8 inside my company and both me and my employees are very satisfied of it.Microsoft provides some great products and services.They provided me a business security solution and it works great. 1/30/2013 12:27 PM | Eduard Rey

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Just a comment about RT devices. I have a Surface and I can do everything on it that I use my non-touch laptop for... If I do not access to a desktop application, I can use Remote Desktop. Otherwise, the Windows Store has plenty of apps and Internet Explorer fills some gaps nicely. Having Office natively is great as well. The app selection is getting better every day and really isn't a major reason not to go with a Surface 2 or Lumia 2520.... 1/3/2015 7:28 AM | addiebaldric

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