Why Windows Just Can't Win

by Volker Weber

The Metro name, the crapware, and the horrible release dates all point to the same problem: Even when Microsoft has a great product on its hands, even when its product, engineering and design teams manage to hit one out of the park, it won’t matter once the business team comes in and ruins it for everyone.

Prepare for the backlash, when customers find out that Surface will not run their existing Windows apps.

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Surface RT won't be able to run existing 'traditional' Windows apps, but the Intel-based Surface available next year will be able to. The blurb on the order page states "Surface with Windows RT works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store". And it does come with Office RT. I just hope that people read that, and understand it, before they order a Surface RT.

Darren Adams, 2012-10-20 11:57

What if they find out it does no run their Excel sheets?

Volker Weber, 2012-10-20 12:03

Why wouldn't Excel within Office RT run their spreadsheets?

Darren Adams, 2012-10-20 12:45

Okay, admission time, I just found that that Excel RT (apparently, according to one source) won't run macros.

Darren Adams, 2012-10-20 12:51

See? Even you are surprised.

Volker Weber, 2012-10-20 13:19

Another one is WinRT (the runtime) vs. Windows RT (the OS). People tend to abbreviate the OS name Win 7, Win 8,... - which means they will call Windows RT what?

I really like Windows 8 (there, I said it...), but it has some potential to confuse the heck out of normal people (and some IT folks too). So far Microsoft hasn't shown much effort to take care of that. Let's see what the launch event and Build brings.

Max Nierbauer, 2012-10-20 14:05

Everyone hops over one Windows release. Welcome to Windows 8, the new ME/Vista!

Pedro Quaresma, 2012-10-20 18:06

Das Office RT ist sicher nützlich, aber wer braucht es schon ausschließlich privat? Das vorinstallierte scheint da eingeschränkt zu sein: surface.com verweist auf http://office.com/officeRT, und da steht: "As sold, Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview and the final edition are not designed for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. However, organizations who purchase commercial use rights or have a commercial license to Office 2013 suites can use Office Home & Student 2013 RT for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities." Also: Dieses Office darf für Demos, was es theoretisch könnte, wenn man dürfte eingesetzt werden. Oder fürs private Tagebuch.

Jan Tietze, 2012-10-20 19:23

Years of development, testing and preparing plus gazillions of dollars for marketing and Microsoft still comes up with a complicated story that includes numerous different parts such as Windows 8, Surface, Windows RT, metro style apps, etc. Do they really think people are going to understand all of this, or worse need to understand all of this? They need to be slapped with the simple stick.

Alan Lepofsky, 2012-10-20 19:45

Will ich nicht, brauch ich nicht.

Juergen Heinrich, 2012-10-21 10:01

Windows RT runs consumerdevices based on ARM processors, Office Home & Student supports the needs consumers have in their daily live on this kind of devices. Pro devices addresses other demands from users, full powered applications like Photoshop, Videocutting, - Powerconsumers and Enterprise demands to manage ultra mobile formfactor devices. these devices are powered by Windows 8. Same Story as iPad = Consumer; Macs Power-Consumers and Professionals. Also different OSes with different capabilities. One Macs Numbers support Applescript makros, those are not executing on iOS.

Thomas Landgraf, 2012-10-21 12:40

Du weißt das, ich weiß das, aber selbst Darren wusste es nicht. Und das ist ein Microserf, der in diesem Bereich arbeitet. Ich kenne Enterprise Architects bei Kunden, die glauben, sie könnte RT einsetzen.

Und das ist ein Problem. Nicht die Technik. Die Kommunikation.

Volker Weber, 2012-10-21 12:47

bin hin und hergerissen. Vielleicht kann man die Kommunikation verbessern, aber beim iPad hat sich auch niemand beschwert, dass man darauf keine OS X apps laufen lassen kann.

Nils Heuer, 2012-10-21 17:39

was ich nicht erwähnt habe. Man kann ein RT device im Unternehmen einsetzen. Man wird mit der jetzigen Version nicht die Managebarkeit eines Pro Devices erreichen, aber es geht. Also der Enterprise Architekt liegt nicht falsch, wir müssen mit ihm seine Zielarchitektur besprechen. Möchtest du uns zusammenbringen?

Thomas Landgraf, 2012-10-21 18:41

RT ist definitiv auch für Unternehmen gedacht. Z.B. "Auch auf Geräten mit Windows RT, Windows 8 Pro oder Windows 8 Enterprise, die nicht der Domäne angehören, können vertrauenswürdige Windows 8 Apps über Enterprise Sideloading bereitgestellt werden."

Siehe: Windows_8_Leitfaden_Volumenlizenzierung_Sept2012

Max Nierbauer, 2012-10-21 20:56

I consider myself pretty geeky, and someone asked me a while ago what RT stood for, and I didn't even know. It's going to take a TON of advertising to compensate for this one.

Mike McPoyle, 2012-10-22 17:09

Working on a RT system now for more than a week, and I do not miss a thing.

It ceratinly does not replace the desktop. But it shouldn't.
(BTW: ALL of my and my clients' Excel files work as they should;-)

The combination of this specific peace of hardware I'm using is offering all I expect from a mobile. I don't care of the name or version of the OS. It just does what I need. And I think this is enough for many, many others. And people need to work with Macros on the GO, shoudl be very aware of the issues and won't buy RT systems - I guess.

Timm Caspari, 2012-10-23 09:30

Does it run Norton Commander? ;-)

Volker Weber, 2012-10-23 09:32

I don't care ;-))

Timm Caspari, 2012-10-23 09:40

Someone said in a meeting today, no pivot tables on Surface, no Surface. But somehow they still like using an iPad.

John Vaughan, 2012-10-24 21:31

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