Windows Client Migration
Letting Users Migrate to Their Device(s) of Choice
You probably couldnt tell, but Im a bit technocentric. Technology is really at the center of my world and, as such, I have a variety of electronic devices. This includes a laptop computer, a tablet, a smartphone, an MP3 player, a one-ear Bluetooth headset, a stereo Bluetooth headset youre getting the idea.
What Ive found interesting lately is that each device really has its time and place in the way I live. When Im writing youll typically find me sitting at my computer. This is especially true when Im doing heavy research as Im writing because my laptop is the only device I own that drives four screens for me so I have plenty of room to spread out my research materials.
Sometimes, though, I admit that I do enjoy composing on my tablet. I dont even mind the onscreen keys. I find that typing on the glass forces me to type using better hand position, arched fingers and all, than I have since I learned to type in junior high school.
On the move, I prefer my smartphone. Its far easier to hold and use than the tablet, and with voice recognition and transcription I find I can communicate even faster with it than with other devices. When Im traveling I find I can even read books on it. No problems.
So where does my tablet fit in? Pretty much everywhere. I check email on it when Im watching television. I read and review documents on it endlessly. When Im in the backyard I use it to enjoy music. Im finding it more and more useful all the time.
So it comes as no shock to me that people want to do their work on the devices they are comfortable with. To me the consumerization of IT was inevitable and I have been Bringing mY Own Device to work for a long, long time.
So it is with fascination and interest that I watch Microsoft begin its traditional march to take over a technology space of its choice. The recent renaming of Windows on ARM, or WOA, to Windows RT signals that Microsoft is placing its bet and preparing to enable devices that will run the new Metro UI on an ARM SoC or System on a Chip. These are the little brainiacs that power most tablet and handheld devices.
In recent posts on the MSDN Building Windows 8 blog, members of the design team have been busily assuring us that theres plenty of code commonality between x86/64-based Windows and ARM SoC-based Windows. Maybe a little TOO busily. Well have to wait and see.
Sneaky those Microsoft system architects. Cleverly introducing a new universal user interface on the smartphone, then to the PC and finally to the tablet. Soon well all be happily swooshing, swiping and squeezing tiles to our hearts content. And to think it all began with the Zune.