Subject: Office 2013 to support being an ActiveSync client?
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
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.
Subject: Mainstream windows 8 bashing
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!
I can see that I'm going to enjoy dealing with that operating system someday.
Ah, there's a new Windows? I suppose I will have to buy it next time I replace my laptop.
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).
Sounds a bit like the cybermen, but without the Brittish accent.
Thu Oct 25 2012 14:58:39 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
hm. vista fon 8 knows rooms?