Windows 8: What We Do So You Won’t Have To
Currently, we are testing some of our computers on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. We are trying to find out any flaws and help Microsoft fix them as well as being prepared when our clients ask us to take advantage of the technology. We prefer to never go into a client’s systems using untested methods, and that means a great deal of testing every time a new version of Windows, Office, or even Internet Explorer comes out.
Windows Server 2012 has some driver issues, which should be resolved soon. We have observed that several types of video driver cards in our experiences with Windows Server 2012 and many more types we have read on the Internet are not recognized and cannot work with the default driver from Microsoft on. The manufacturers are working on creating Windows Server 2012. Microsoft will probably adapt the more successful Windows 8 Default Display Adapter Driver which works better. That driver allows use of the hardware while the version with Windows Server 2012 did not.
Windows 8 is rather radically different from Windows 7. Contrary to other reports I had read, you can get to the desktop, but you have to click on a tile. All the Windows 8 Start Screen really is the contents of your Windows Start button, blown up to the size of your screen. You can switch to your desktop, but there will be no start menu on your desktop. Just hovering your cursor over the lower-left-hand corner of your desktop will show an icon for Start which you have to click, and then you will be back to the start menu. The start menu is completely customizable, and you see a limited number of tiles which are much easier to click than the tiny icons on the old Windows Start Menu. If you don’t see the right program, you right-click the Start Screen, and click the All Apps button that now appears on the lower-right-hand side of your screen.
We are sure that Windows 8 is great. We are working on being one of the first 2000 developers to get an app in the Windows Store.
Meanwhile we are putting a lot of hours into finding out the answers to all of your Windows 8 questions, so you won’t have to.
If you have any needs with Windows 8 or business computing in general, please give us a call at 646-853-0573.