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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 8, 2012 / 18 Sivan, 5772

The last Windows operating system?

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's a thought: Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, available as a free "preview" now and due in stores sometime this autumn, might be the last operating system to bear the Windows name.

Now, that's total speculation on my part, but I've got a feeling about this. More on that in a moment.

So far, in very limited testing, Win8 works quite nicely, and appears clearly designed for the tablet/smartphone generation. Indeed, Microsoft is boosting the new operating system, with its "tiled" interface, as ideal for tablet PCs that already run Windows. But there's a lot of touchscreen desktop computers out there, and Win8 seems well suited for those machines, too.

You can look at Windows 8 -- on screen, that is -- in two ways. One is the traditional Windows desktop, the other those "tiles" for various icons representing services: mail, contacts, news, weather. Once you personalize these, the stylish icons are replaced with samples of the function: for news, you see headlines, and for weather you get, well, what's happening outside. It's kind of neat, in my opinion.

The Win8 integrated version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser, which I'm guessing is built on IE's version 9, puts the address bar at the bottom of the screen and maximizes the viewing area of the actual Web page. I like that, and if this browser performs as well (quickly) as some others out there such as Google's Chrome, it could give the market a run for the money.

Of course, much has yet to be seen, both in my own testing and in how Win8 operates once it's released. The challenge for every version of Windows -- and this reviewer goes back to version 1.0, which I purchased at the very first Staples store in Cambridge, Mass. -- is that there's a huge variety of hardware to support. Drivers are tricky things, and while today's Win8 won't support your old IBM PC/XT (which is probably a doorstop or in a landfill anyway), there remains a massive number of products any version of Windows has to operate with in the digital sandbox.

The same, of course, is far less true for Apple, Inc.'s Macintosh platform. Those Macs built around Intel Corp. processors, by and large, are engineered so specifically that not only will they run the Mac OS perfectly, but many people -- including several colleagues -- just put Windows on their MacBook Air computers because they know they'll have fewer problems than with a traditional Windows-running PC.

Such an option may not be available to you, and as mentioned, Windows 8 will only run on tablet computers designed to run Windows, which of course cuts out the iPad. So, what's a user to do?

If you're committed to the Windows platform, as many users (and their enterprise IT departments) are, then now's the time to get ready for Windows 8. It might mean adding more RAM, cleaning up your hard drive, or even buying a new computer. Some computers on sale at the Microsoft Store in Tyson's Corner, for example, are being offered with a $14.95 upgrade deal: buy now and you'll pay very little for Win8. (Most retail buyers will pay just under $90, I believe, for the operating system.)

Again, though, this may be the "last" big Windows release. If we're all retreating to the "cloud" for our applications and data, if we're using tablets (and iPads) more and more, the need for a desktop/notebook operating system diminishes. It doesn't totally go away -- I can't imagine running a nuclear power plant off of a tablet computer just yet -- but for many of us who call ourselves "knowledge workers," the combo of a good tablet and a keyboard may do the trick.

And when that happens, whither the desktop operating system? Stay tuned, sports fans, stay tuned.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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