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Microsoft's new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough

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    Microsoft's new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough


    What comes after Windows 8.1 Update? Sources say a second update is on its way, and that Microsoft's unified OS group is picking up the delivery pace.

    Just a year ago, Microsoft officials were crowing about Windows' much improved delivery cadence. Instead of rolling out a new version of Windows once every 2.5 to three years, the team was now on something closer to an annual rollout schedule.

    But the nine-month-young unified Operating System Group (OSG)at Microsoft is now gunning to go even faster.

    Russian leaker WZor is claiming that there will be an update 2 for Windows 8.1 coming this September. My sources say that date could be August. In either case, a second update looks like it will hit just five or six months after Microsoft made Windows 8.1 Update available.

    (Yes, by calling what was formerly referred to as "Update 1" simply "Update," Microsoft made it seem there would be just one update to Windows 8.1. It's not clear what this second update will ultimately be called. Update 2? Windows 8.2? No word so far.)
    Read more at: Microsoft's new, new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough | ZDNet

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    Well now. This kind of seems like they want to insure the OS is fully capable of interacting with the live world MS seems to be entering with 8 and beyond. Insure the OS is capable of interacting with all other newly released devices like Win 8 phones, tablets, and so forth. Good job.

    That said, would be interesting to see what happens when 9 comes along.
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    I'm still fatigued from running Windows 8 Developer Preview and doing clean installs every six months every since...

    Unless if the upgrade install is flawless, get out.

    Interesting in the article is mention of a Windows SKU for Windows Phone and small tablets with no Desktop. Basically, a mesh of Windows and Windows Phone.

    Microsoft: No Windows Phone 7 'Mango' Tablet | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
    Tablets moving to Windows Phone? Not likely | ZDNet

    For retrospect's sake...
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    I don't do refreshes unless I have major issues, and if so, I'll simply do a clean install. I've been know to run a single OS installation from beginning to either major hardware upgrade or OS upgrade. I simply see no reason for constant refreshes.

    I've done both Windows 8 updates and have yet to do reinstall or refresh, just using the same base install. No issues.

    That's me.
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    I once did a refresh with Windows 8 and it didn't turn out as pretty as I thought it would. I ended up with some odd issues that later was solved with a SSD and a clean install of 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Well now. This kind of seems like they want to insure the OS is fully capable of interacting with the live world MS seems to be entering with 8 and beyond. Insure the OS is capable of interacting with all other newly released devices like Win 8 phones, tablets, and so forth. Good job.

    That said, would be interesting to see what happens when 9 comes along.
    Well, that's not what it seems...

    My Windows 8 phone does not interact with Outlook 2013 running on W8.x. In order to sync my calendar with my Windows 8 phone, a Hotmail and/or Live email account is required. Even then, the sync is iffy at best, if non-MS email account used on the desktop. At the same time, iPhone/iPad had no issues with syncing with the Outlook calendar, regardless from where the email account came from.

    The interaction is limited to the same interface on different devices and to the live world, between devices is not included.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Well now. This kind of seems like they want to insure the OS is fully capable of interacting with the live world MS seems to be entering with 8 and beyond. Insure the OS is capable of interacting with all other newly released devices like Win 8 phones, tablets, and so forth. Good job.

    That said, would be interesting to see what happens when 9 comes along.
    If by new devices you mean desktops and laptops without touch, then I think the answer is yes. If you meant working across platforms, that is more an issue with the application developers. I can use OneNote in Windows 8.x today on my desktop and read my notes on my Android phone and tablet. So I know it can do it.

    If you meant it more as an OS, I have to say 8.1u is pretty tight. Yes, I would like the start menu for my desktop as well. It is touch, but I never use that as I hate fingerprints/streaks on a 23 inch screen. When I have played with the touch on a mobile device though, I absolutely loved the Modern UI. It's just the apps not so much. Developers are still giving the gee whiz stuff first to Apple and Android. I'm hoping they will give Modern UI more love as the development tools improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cr00zng View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Well now. This kind of seems like they want to insure the OS is fully capable of interacting with the live world MS seems to be entering with 8 and beyond. Insure the OS is capable of interacting with all other newly released devices like Win 8 phones, tablets, and so forth. Good job.

    That said, would be interesting to see what happens when 9 comes along.
    Well, that's not what it seems...

    My Windows 8 phone does not interact with Outlook 2013 running on W8.x. In order to sync my calendar with my Windows 8 phone, a Hotmail and/or Live email account is required. Even then, the sync is iffy at best, if non-MS email account used on the desktop. At the same time, iPhone/iPad had no issues with syncing with the Outlook calendar, regardless from where the email account came from.

    The interaction is limited to the same interface on different devices and to the live world, between devices is not included.
    Well I'm saying I think they may be leaning/heading that way. I'm not saying they're there yet.

    Anyway thank for the info on the Win 8 phone. That's curious.

    For what its worth, I have an android phone (Galaxy S3) and wound getting a program called Companion Link. Got if for 39, normally 49 bucks. However it does wi-fi, wired, or cloud syncing. It syncs contacts, mail, calenders and folders, in addition to notes, which is mainly why I got it.

    For the phone part (android) it uses Devaoffice to communicate with companion link which is installed on the PC.

    I actually got the program while running Windows 7 but it works equally as well on 8 which is now my main OS.

    But going back to my main point, I say may be going there
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    Not good - when Google made several Android releases per year (during the V2 times), the system had a lot of bugs. They learned and slowed down - that was for the better.

    There is only so much good work you can do in a given timeframe. If MS is now trying to fall all over their feet, I smell trouble - in terms of reliability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Not good - when Google made several Android releases per year (during the V2 times), the system had a lot of bugs. They learned and slowed down - that was for the better.

    There is only so much good work you can do in a given timeframe. If MS is now trying to fall all over their feet, I smell trouble - in terms of reliability.
    I am with you on that M$ has not had an error free patch Tuesday in some time.
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