Mobile computing makes me crazy – Sanity out of Windows 8 – a review

(Part One)

Androids, iPads, and other devices are not really driving me crazy.  It’s the users who jump on mobile devices and declare it is the best or the not being able to wait – and the security of mobile devices!   Truly we are in the infancy of mobile computing.   I’m not a fanboy of Apple or Microsoft or Android.  I love them all.   Each of the devices are growing and have their flaws.   But honestly, Windows 8 is looking really good.

We are currently beginning to use all of these technologies in the classroom and honestly, Windows 8 is a good pre-beta operating system.  In a tight economy many CIOs are looking at all of the technology available but many are beginning to pay attention to the network ability and compatibility of products that are coming into the work place.

(above) Cody Chandler uses Windows 8 on a 22″ touchscreen.  Although Windows 8 will be made primarily for mobile tablets, when given a choice, students would select Windows 8 over iPads and Androids.   

The metro style of Windows 8 has been criticized but it is no different than android or iPad truly and the advanced features of simply pushing the desktop metro icon sends you into a desktop similar to Windows 7.   Imagine a majority of your programs still working and your network infrastructure remaining in place without Android’s security issues or iPads/iPhone bandwidth issues (running out to iTunes – see Picture Below).   Remember when Steve Jobs could not join the busy wireless network?

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iPhone talking to iTunes  (12 sessions alone to 12 servers –  we see this very often with Apple products)

Here’s some things to remember and things we have done to try to run it the OS into the ground –

  • Windows 8 can be used without a touchscreen or tablet or mobile device but touchscreens are recommended
  • If the software installed in Windows 7, there is a great chance it will run in Windows 8
  • Run AutoCAD software or FeatureCAM software (design software)
  • If you want to right click without a keyboard, hold down the icon and it will right click
  • Manage is in the same place
  • The device manager is in the same place
  • Create ODBC connections to SQL servers
  • Plug in digital cameras and retrieve or edit pictures
  • Run SCADA software with Windows 8
  • Run robotic software
  • Run PLC software
  • The control panel is in the same place
  • Enhanced search features of applications or native search of your hard drive
  • You basically have two OSs…. the mobile OS that has the metro menu and hit the desktop and you are in Windows 8 (so similar to Windows 7, very little learning curve!)
  • Install over 90% of your programs on the computer and use it as a mobile computer or attach it to a keyboard, mouse and monitor and ta-da you have a desktop
  • Use your company’s network!
  • Use your printer!
  • Use your usb flashdrive – no special attachments
  • Attach NAS (Network Area Storage to Windows 8)
  • Join a domain and enforce policies
  • Setup users or administrators restrict users and documents and protect your company’s data
  • Low cost of upgrading and replacing computers and get a mobile workforce with compatibility
  • Attach storage to Windows 8 with your usb (external drives)
  • Use Windows Explorer to copy, cut, paste your files!
  • Attach cameras to your computer using Windows 8 or wait for a Windows 8 tablet with cameras
  • Use multiple monitors (hey we got it working and that makes it even more awesome!)
  • Our test computer uses 2 GB of ram and is very very fast (hardware upgrade is not necessary on most computers today)
  • Very little programming of applications that have to be multi-platformed
  • Use it as a PRODUCTION tool – a true production tool with very little reinvestment or play with applications that are used mostly for entertainment
  • Low network profile
  • Low training cost and across the board standardize of your applications and documents (don’t worry about converters and application development with production needs)
  • Install Freeware and other software  – millions of programs available that worked with Windows 7 or earlier operating systems
  • Map a network drive
  • Backup to a network drive using Windows backup or freeware
  • Backup to a usb device
  • Works with Android tablets without adapters
  • Everything you are use to…and more
How about shortcut keys?

Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout

Win + C : Open the Charms

Win + D : Show the desktop

Win + E : open Windows Explorer

Win + F : Open the Search panel

Win + H : Open the Share charm

Win + I : Open the Settings charm

Win + K : Open the Connect charm

Win + L : Lock the computer

Win + O : Lock the screen rotation

Win + Q : Open the search pane

Win + R : Open run

Win + V : Cycle through toasts

Win + W : Opens the Settings search panel

Win + Y : Peek at the desktop

Win + Z : open the app bar

Win + Shift + V : Reverse cycle through toasts

Win + Enter : Launch the narrator

Win + PgUp : Move tiles to the left

Win + PgDn : Move tiles to the right

Win + Shift + . : Move the split to the left

Win + . : Move the split to the right

More tips and shortcuts!

Oh hey don’t tell anyone, but Skydrive gives 25gb of free space in the cloud to store your files for free….

Support for VirtualBox can be seen in the picture below.

Join Windows 8 to a domain, see tips and more


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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  2. Ramblinrick says:


    Very nice review… I can’t wait for Windows 8!


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