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28 February 2013

Microsoft’s Windows 8 – ‘Pro’ or ‘Con’?

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
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Microsoft released Windows 8 on October 26, 2012 providing what it has claimed as a ‘beautiful, fast and fluid design – the familiar made better’. It claims a common user experience across a variety of platforms including phone, tablet and desktop. Are the 60 million users of the new OS, especially computing professionals, finding Microsoft’s decision to unify the ‘Modern’ interface across different platforms to be its biggest miscalculation of the market yet – or are they doing the right thing? We’ll look at the releases, the variants, and especially the implications of using and adapting to the interfaces and suggest simple ways to ‘tame’ it for day-to-day professional desktop use. BIO: David Clover has been using Microsoft’s Windows since version 1.02, including a 9 year period as IT Training Manager in the former Academic Computing Service until 1996 when he joined the Faculty of Mathematics and Computing at IT Manager. In the late 1980’s he worked with a third-party consultant to provide training on Windows and Microsoft products to Microsoft staff at their Reading campus. Since 2007, David acts as IT Development Manager in the Mathematics Computing and Technology Faculty at the Open University


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Contact: mailto:h.c.sharp@open.ac.uk