Windows 8.1

July 1, 2013  |  Uncategorized

On the latest segment of Rothman Tech-Tips (#RTT), I interviewed Michael “MJ” Murphy, a Technical Instructor at Skillsoft.  This vlog was done over the internet using Adobe Connect, which is a web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars.

Back in October of 2012, MJ and I talked about Windows 8, so we decided to record a follow-up vlog on the upcoming release/update called Windows 8.1 Code Named Blue.  If you followed news about Windows 8, the overall consensus was not positive.  MJ pointed out that last quarter PC sales were down 14%, the biggest single quarter drop in PC sales. He thinks a lot of the blame has to do with the Windows 8 operating system, and he thinks PC sales will continue to slide.  “We are certainly living in the post PC age, and more and more we are going to see devices, handheld devices, tablets, smartphones, and a panoply of new devices come to market.  Windows 8 is Microsoft’s offering for the touch screen,  tablet, smartphone space. The problem for many is that the touch screen interface doesn’t translate well to the desktop and server.”  So now we have the new release, Windows 8.1 Code Blue, that MJ thinks will bring back options to make Windows 8 more appealing for the desktop / server users e.g the start button, option to use standard desktop mode.  The new release was just made available by Microsoft, please download it and tell us what you think.

For the #idontcook portion of this vlog, we talked about options in MJ’s hometown of Scranton, PA. His latest restaurant recommendation is a great place right outside Scranton in Clarks Summit, PA called Formosa.  Formosa is an Asian Fusion restaurant with some French influence, “The place is incredible, the food is incredible!!”.  Now the great thing about this specific #idontcook segment, is that MJ tells us about an off the menu item that requires you to bring a granny smith apple to the restaurant with you.  Michael the chef (I guess MJ is on a 1st name basis with the chef) used to make an apple and crispy duck salad that they don’t offer anymore, but they always are happy to make if for you if you bring your own apple.  Wow, BYOA is the type of off the menu recommendation that Rothman Tech-Tips #idontcook is all about!!

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