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[#] Mon Oct 15 2012 22:52:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Office 2013 to support being an ActiveSync client?

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Well, this is interesting.

This is the "Add Account" screen for Outlook 2013.  For those of you who can't see the screenshot: the choices are:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server or compatible service
  • ActiveSync

The words "or compatible service" in the first choice, and the fact that the second choice exists in Outlook, seems to indicate that Microsoft has finally given up on their efforts to make Exchange the only server that has full functionality with Outlook.

Either they've realized that the compatible software is so good now that there's no point, or they're comfortable with Exchange's market share, or perhaps they think they can make more money on ActiveSync patent licenses.

In any case it's good news for Citadel because when we finish our Z-Push back end we'll have full compatibility with not only every major smartphone and tablet, but also Outlook 2013.  I was planning on building an OpenChange back end eventually, but now maybe there's no need.

[#] Sat Oct 20 2012 00:03:45 EDT from asdfg @ Uncensored

Subject: Mainstream windows 8 bashing

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I just love it that the mainstream news media agrees with me about windows 8 sucking.

I just saw this on FoxNews



 I think just about the most damning thing I've read yet on windows 8 was the quote from the first link:

"It was very difficult to get used to," he said. "I have an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, and they never got used to it.

They were like, `We're just going to use Mom's computer."'

Hah, even the kids can't get used to it! 

[#] Mon Oct 22 2012 07:01:54 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I can see that I'm going to enjoy dealing with that operating system someday.

[#] Wed Oct 24 2012 14:14:39 EDT from Shazam @ Uncensored

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Ah, there's a new Windows? I suppose I will have to buy it next time I replace my laptop.

[#] Wed Oct 24 2012 22:51:27 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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[#] Wed Oct 24 2012 23:05:58 EDT from Shazam @ Uncensored

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yeah, I agree. I like Windows 7, wish they didn't want to keep making new windows. The old windows are good enough. Anyway I know people around here know of some other option that isn't MS Windows, but I'm fairly sure it's too technical for me to try something else.

[#] Thu Oct 25 2012 13:54:49 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I've been waiting for ages for Microsoft to come out with a version of Windows with built-in Blinds, but so far my cries have fallen upon deaf ears.

[#] Thu Oct 25 2012 14:58:39 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I wish I could still use Windows 2000 professional... and I only
started using that after I had to give up DOS 5.5.

On a related note, will Android become the major OS by 2016?

[#] Thu Oct 25 2012 22:41:59 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Shazam, there's Android, and Chrome OS, neither of which are amazingly technical, both of which are simple enough to use for your average user (in fact, Android is already in mainstream use).

[#] Fri Oct 26 2012 00:41:37 EDT from Shazam @ Uncensored

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I've heard of android. Isn't that like a cell phone or something? My boss has something that speaks every time he get an e-mail message. It says "DROID".
Sounds a bit like the cybermen, but without the Brittish accent.

[#] Fri Oct 26 2012 10:00:28 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I've actually heard a number of good things about Windows 7 recently from people. Microsoft finally has something stable out, and they hit the world with Windows 8. WTF? I'm really tired of the user interface changes everyt time they iterate. If it got better, that would be one thing. It gets worse each time.

[#] Fri Oct 26 2012 10:04:48 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Thu Oct 25 2012 14:58:39 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored
I wish I could still use Windows 2000 professional... and I only
started using that after I had to give up DOS 5.5.

On a related note, will Android become the major OS by 2016?

heh. especialy liked the conclusion:

The trouble is, these analyses always take into account current trends without factoring in unknowns (because how could they?).


What if-and this is totally out there, but hear me out-people actually like Windows 8?


well, we'll see, right?

At least point(er)less devices with touchscreens are going to emerge.

And, Peripherials are becomming more and more smart, so i.e. using a webinterface from your android (or an easy install app...) to operate a smart 'printer/scanner/tv..' via your android device might serve as replacement to having to plug it in somewhere and install a driver.

.oO(if the smart device isn't running some sort of android in first place)

[#] Fri Oct 26 2012 10:57:35 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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What if-and this is totally out there, but hear me out-people
actually like Windows 8?

I've installed it in a Virtualbox to play around. Not a good UI design. Power users will be pushed into 27" monitors just to fit all their cutesy tiles on the screen. Many basic things about the system are totally hidden. It's no longer possible to point, click, and explore: you need to know arcane secrets and magic keystrokes. I'm just shaking my head.

To some extent Microsoft has done this sort of thing with every new release. But this time they've outdone themselves.

[#] Fri Oct 26 2012 12:30:11 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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It's horrific.

[#] Fri Oct 26 2012 16:07:32 EDT from Shazam @ Uncensored

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What if people like windows 8? Then MS will quickly make a Windows 9, of course.

[#] Sat Oct 27 2012 17:58:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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There is a very easy way for Google to throw a stick into the spokes of Windoze 8. All they have to do is offer a plugin for Chrome (on all three major desktop architectures) that will allow it to run the full catalog of Android apps.

They have a stated intention of eventually merging Android and Chrome OS.
As we continue into the Post PC Era, the value prop of Android continues to improve. One week into my ownership of a Transformer, I can definitely say I don't miss my laptop. As I've been pointing out for the last fifteen years, the faster we can move everything back behind the glass, the better it will be for everyone except Microsoft. Consumers will get their computer service from the service provider of their choice. Corporate users will get their computer service from their own data center (or an outsourced one).
Hacker techie types will get their computer service from the Linux box in their basement. All of the above users will access their apps and data in any location, from any device.

Someday I will be arrested for urinating on the grave of Bill Gates. But I don't care. It must happen.

[#] Mon Oct 29 2012 13:08:05 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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You claim you want everything behind the glass, but what happens when you're provider starts screwing with you? Just move providers? Good luck moving terabytes of data... It's not bad for Microsoft, it's bad for end users.

The Post PC era is about accessing data from anywhere with anything. That includes the data that sits on any devices as well.

Don't lessen the importance of data, and thinking of it as an amorphous blob.

[#] Mon Oct 29 2012 13:21:17 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I don't remember which room I read it - about software not having value...

Couldn't disagree more. In a free market, people have the ability to charge for a product, whatever the market will support. FOSS software provides a different type of value to an end user. Nothing wrong with either model.

As for the Adobe PDF bashing - it shows limited thinking of what a PDF is.

Just using the printer driver is cheap and easy - and yes lots of people get that for free in Linux and OSX... But that's not what makes Adobe's program valuable.

It's about searchability (the printer driver doesn't handle the OCR portions), searchability, metadata, security (easy to do certificate based signatures), size of files (it's excellent at size reduction for email purposes), creating forms, editing PDF's, merging multiple PDF's, document reviews and approvals, etc.

[#] Mon Oct 29 2012 13:39:15 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer undoubtedly knows that Apple has sold more
than 100 million iPad tablets at this point, but according to the
outspoken executive, that's not the tablet people really want. While
speaking with CNBC, Ballmer said no company has built a tablet he
believes customers want. 'You can go through the products from all those
guys and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple.
Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play
that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point,' he says."

Sad, Even after all this time, Microsoft STILL doesn't get it.

It's not about a tablet that works like your PC.....

[#] Mon Oct 29 2012 18:43:43 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm. vista fon 8 knows rooms?

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