Windows 10 S is the new edition of the client OS that is restricted to run only applications from the Windows Store. The advantage is that it is more stable and secure than an OS where the user can install software from anywhere. Microsoft has positioned the OS for the education market. But perhaps it has possibilities for the enterprise too.
Have you tried using OneNote recently? It is a free product from Microsoft, but it rarely gets a mention. Combined with OneDrive, it is a good tool for keeping track of different types of information related by topic.
You probably know that, until recently, the Microsoft license did not permit you to run a Windows Client OS on cloud infrastructure. This has now changed. The exact license terms are difficult to find, and the cases where the changes could make a difference are limited. Here is a summary.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a range of Windows 10 virtual desktops, called WorkSpaces. Let's see how they perform.
I have been doing a bit of work with data visualization recently, using Tableau. It got me thinking about the way we use data to produce information, and how that is changing.
This is about our experience recently on a project to improve the performance and stability of a set of engineering applications after migration to a new datacentre. We had really excellent data produced by the application centre business analysts. These showed in detail that applications were significantly slower than previously, across a wide range of transactions. On average, transactions were taking 25% longer (let's say). Someone set the objective that we would not be satisfied until 90% of transactions were within the benchmark figure for each transaction.
We are seeing the end of an era in how we think of, and manage, the corporate desktop.
We weres recently asked to provide evidence that virtualising an application would not affect its performance.
I have been working on a large End User Computing programme for a while, and not found the time to blog, so now it is time to catch up with a few snippets.
This one is about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and the BIOS settings of the physical servers. Here's the summary: VDI depends on high performance hosts, but by default hosts are typically configured for a balance of performance and energy efficiency. Check your BIOS. It may not be what you think.
This article is about managing the replacement for the traditional Windows XP desktop. It may sound like a straightforward upgrade of the desktop OS, or it may already seem like a complicated upgrade because of the business applications that don't run on Windows 7. But in my view it is more than that. The old desktop paradigm that has been in place for more than twenty years is coming to an end. Without a paradigm we face a bundle of difficult choices.
Cloud is a great marketing concept. It creates an impression of something new and better. But is it really new and better, or is it for the birds, up there in Cloud Cuckoo Land?
The idea of a Cloud Desktop is appealing, but can it exist?
Cloud is a brilliant marketing concept, but it can be difficult sometimes to pin down exactly what it means. This post looks at what Microsoft is offering in Office 365.
In a previous post I said I thought that problems in IT are caused by complexity, and not by the pace of change, poor management or lack of skills (although any of those may contribute).
Here are some interesting thoughts from David Gelernter. Gelernter is Professor of Computer Science at Yale.
A friend of mine, a very experienced and senior non-executive director, asked me why, in all the organisations he knows, IT is the area that causes the most difficulty. There are several common explanations, but I am not sure they add up. This leads me to a different explanation, with interesting consequences.