Re: Not locked down to the app store
Ever heard of CEX.......hardly ever bought a new game for my sons Xbox....now try that with an iphone/ipad
27 posts • joined 24 Sep 2010
Microsoft used to run the SBS line of servers for about 10 years - this was very popular amongst SMB's - gave exchange, sharepoint remote access all in one bundle and the price was similar to full windows. This had a simple interface so that technically the system could be self managed - but in my experience no body ever did this they still employed outside people to manage the systems.
This offering of Microsofts seems to be a cloud based version of SBS
I have a number of clients across central london and we cannot get fttc anywhere - the exchanges are just not enabled - yet you see fttc enabled exchanges in Islington, Shoerditch etc, but not the City or Westminster.
To get decent service SMB's have to opt for Efm or fibre - though have had some luck with Relish recently offering 40 Mb over 4g
If you are going for cheap and light there are loads of similarly specced cheap windows boxes such as the ASUS X205TA 11.6" (£179) that you should be able to install your favourite distros on .....and they have the correct keyboard layout and 32 gb drives rather than 16. Drivers - not sure about ?
I really don't understand some of the commentators here - I have a client who has a team of surveyors - they are equipped with hp elite pads running windows 8- they are nice and light to carry - they can easily be held with one hand whilst on site, they support pen input so you can write notes - have a camera so you can snap the odd piccie to illustrate something they see, back at the office the pads sit in a docking station and they use mouse, keyboard and big screen.
The users really appreciate them...lets them get on with their work and funnily enough no -one has complained about lack of a start menu
One of my clients showed me his surface pro yesterday - the chap was really happy with it, he had an Ipad but it just did not do what he wanted.
It seems fashionable to moan at MS here , but I quite like what they've done, a very portable device, that has is pen enabled and you can run full office, acad etc. It was a bit bigger than I expected - but is running full ultrabook spec.
Just had a Client almost destroy his Q10 in frustration and go back to his BB torch, no BIS, the hosted exchange supplier is not offering BES 10, therefore roaming data charges are going to go through the roof- Copy and paste has a mind of it's own...........not really sure where BB are going - certainly alienating a lot of their traditional customers.
Not quite sure what the fuss about the start menu is ....most users I work with don't notice it exists. If the outlook shortcut gets deleted I get calls with "Email has gone Missing" - they don't actually look for it in the start menu.
MS have done a lot of metric analysis and probably saw that about 1% of users actually use it ......and most of those post on El Reg from what I can see.
I remember seeing a documentry on Horizon a few years ago which looked at phages and their use/development in the USSR and how the west ignored them as they were "communist" technology. An article on it is here http://twistedbacteria.blogspot.com/2008/02/virus-that-cures.html
good to see that there is progress
I found a WP7 "unofficial" remote as well - compared it tothe official one I downloaded on the missuses HTC desire and both work well.......Just wish Samsung had a better text input method for their apps and browser....why they can't support wireless keyboards I'll never know.
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