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'Real Work'

  1. #1


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V

    'Real Work'


    Could someone please define this mis-used and abused term? I keep hearing that Windows 8 (or tablets or whatever) can't be used for 'real work,' bit no one's properly defined the phrase.
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  2. #2


    Fort McMurray, Alberta
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8, Window 7, Surface RT


    If you use a computer at work and actual get paid for doing so - that would be real work. I use both Windows 8 and RT for work that I get paid for and when I get paid at the end of the month that is real.
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Even work that you do as a hobby may be 'real'. Try to write a 30 page document on a tablet or make video encoding of a 1 hour video. It is possible, but not practical.

    In the industrial world it also has an additional connotation. The thousands of people who sit behind PCs need training to use those PCs because they are no PC geeks. If you make a major change of the tool or it's software, they have to be retrained which costs a lot of money. Besides the applications may have to be adapted which can be costly too. Those are some reasons why so many companies are still using XP.

    I made an interesting experience in my computer club of 800 (mostly simple) members. When we put IE9 on the systems, many people could not deal with the fact that the Favorites were now on the right top in lieu of the left top as they were used to. Many members complained and we had to go back to IE8.
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  4. #4


    An example of real work: Developing the graphics and HTML5/CSS/PHP/JavaScript code for an extensive website.

    Another example: Producing an 8 page newsletter with graphics, pictures, text, etc.

    Windows 8 (or RT) on a tablet no way, Windows 8 on a PC with large monitor(s) Great!!
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    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    There may be almost as "real work" defs as there are users. I think that many would agree with the idea that "real work" alludes to having an efficient computing environment--regardless of the kind of work (or play--expanding the idea a bit) in which one engages. So, if I want to get down to "real work" I want to be in a computing environment that involves as few wasted motions as possible given my use style (e.g., whether I am big on keyboard commands or am more visually oriented). As indicated, there is no one-size-fits all "real work" computing environment.
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    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Real Work = anything NOT to do with social-networking or surfing eBay/Craigslist.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 354
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Real Work = anything NOT to do with social-networking or surfing eBay/Craigslist.
    Unless you work in marketing.
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    It's a computer, no matter the device. Real work to me is data input, no matter what one is performing, whether typing, drawing, copy & paste, pushing an open link (which is a command), even making a phone call on a smart phone, etc. How one navigates to get to that point to perform a task is another thing. That's the problem some are having with 8 (in some cases rightfully so), which also entails window sizes of apps and menus. A whole different animal. All based on touch navigation and command menus are in different places than past OSs, so it's more of a learning curve.

    Summary: Data input by a human or another machine = real work.
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  9. #9


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Real work is technically whatever services someone else will pay you for. I think when we talk about computing in the realm of "real work", we're talking about office document work, development, or content creation (rather than consumption). However, the more we look at tablets in the enterprise (regardless of OS), it's amazing how little content creation people actually need to do - they really do a lot more content consumption or manipulation than actual content creation. This is why devices like these, or Windows To Go sticks, do make a good deal of sense for "Information Workers" in a lot (not all, but a lot) of scenarios.
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    Windows to Go is a different animal, as it provides the full Windows 8 environment, Modern and Legacy, on any PC.
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