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  • Microsoft (MSFT) officially launches Windows 8 at an NYC event (live blog) that's light on new details. More importantly, a flurry of Windows 8 reviews are out. Like others, David Pogue isn't a fan of Microsoft's efforts to fuse two UIs: "TileWorld is fantastic for touch screens ... Desktop Windows is obviously designed for the mouse ... you can’t live exclusively in one world or the other." The Verge has similar concerns, but is more positive about Win. 8's tablet potential. "Picking up a tablet PC with Windows 8 makes an iPad feel immediately out of date." (more[View news story]
    I have been running Windows 8 in test long enough that I forget when I loaded the first beta. All of my initial concerns had evaporated long ago, this after becoming accustomed to the new navigation. It also helped to find all my old familiar “comfort” apps still sitting in System32 and SysWOW64! I now see this as a relatively easy to deploy solution for many of the users throughout our enterprise. In fact if your business is like ours, 80% of the users never work past their desktop anyway, heck maybe 95%, so a tile interface will make most of their lives easier, besides the desktop is still there. Windows 8 runs great under 2008r2 and 2012 domain servers; all our scripts and apps run fine, even the ERP app works great, go figure! I have been in IT since before the Charlie Chaplin IBM PC commercials, so I had my doubts in the beginning. In the past every other release of Windows was a flop, as they upgraded the kernel every other time, not the case here! After all it has its roots in the prior two releases at Version 6.2, and thus will be compatible with nearly all current Windows software. Our apps run faster and cleaner on Windows 8, it’s a very stable version. Runs great no matter how we run it or what we throw at it. My only compliant to date, has been the lack of dual monitor support with many of our video adapters throughout the beta and release candidates. I give this release two thumbs up (first time ever!)
    Oct 25 04:55 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL), unsurprisingly, has the largest overseas cash balance of any tech company: Moody's believes it rose 15% in the March quarter to $74B. Joining Apple in the top 5 are Microsoft (MSFT - $50B), Cisco (CSCO - $42.3B), Oracle (ORCL - $25.1B), and Qualcomm (QCOM - $16.5B). Altogether, tech companies account for roughly half of an estimated $457B in overseas cash held by U.S. firms. Efforts to obtain a "tax holiday" on the repatriation of overseas cash have stalled.  [View news story]
    Tax holiday makes the most sense, otherwise the money stays offshore and is invested offshore. Better chance it will be used in the US if it’s in the US.
    Jul 10 01:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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