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Windows 8 Deployment/tablets notes from 2/15/13
Unfortunately we had an issue recording the meeting; a few attendees were unable to hear audio so we moved it to a combination online for visual and phone for audio conference.
However, Here are some highlights from the meeting:
- A poll was taken concerning how many had tried Windows 8; out of the 17 responses 4 said they had not.
- Many are concerned about the connection between Windows 8 and needing a Microsoft Account for the app store; if you have students 13 and under it is required to have parental permission for the account. App store access and availability needs to be clarified (preferably with Microsoft’s education team)
- Out of 12 responses of an Opinion of Windows 8: 5 love it, 5 think it’s just okay but prefer a previous OS, no one hated it, 1 said they had not used it, and one said they like it, but you need touch capability
- Out of 12 responses to the question “Will you be rolling out Windows 8?”: 5 said no, 5 said on some computers, 2 (including myself) said they would be rolling it out to all faculty/student computers, 0 said they would be deploying it everywhere
- A question to be answered: how to image devices without an Ethernet port? A few recommended a USB to Ethernet “dongle”, but no specific model was mentioned.
- A highlighted feature of Windows 8 was the “refresh” feature (where you can reset to the base OS and keep your user documents (or not). A question of whether or not you can modify this process was raised.
NOTE: I’ve since found a utility which will allow for a “snapshot” to be inserted into the refresh process: http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/recimg-manager-backup-and-restore-system-snapshots-in-windows-8/
(I have not configured/tested it yet, but it looks promising)
- Hybrid Tablets were discussed; the two most prominent discuss were the Microsoft Surface Pro and the Fujitsu Q702. While the Surface Pro is very portable and tablet-like, many were concerned about the Battery life of anywhere from 4-6 hours. The Q702 has longer battery life [because a second battery is in the keyboard dock] but without the dock it is the same.
- There was a discussions of Atom vs. “I” series processors; many hybrid tablets are coming with Atom processors (to extend battery life). Many were in agreement Atom processors were okay for rudimentary use. Many stated in their experience, the systems would “lock up” for short periods of time. All agreed Atom processors are not meant for CPU intensive (READ: Photoshop) applications. There are a few “I” series hybrid tablets, but they lack battery life (as can be expected). However, their processing power rivals (or exceeds) laptops of the same hardware configuration.
- Everyone was impressed with the Surface Pro; few were thinking about deploying it. The battery life was the chief reason for not deploying it, although a few state they were okay with it.
- A few will be testing/evaluating the Surface Pro. A few others will be testing/evaluating the Fujitsu Q702. NOTE: Both of these devices are “I” series processors.
- As stated earlier, an unresolved concern of many: how to image the devices knowing they do not have built-in Ethernet ports.
- A few stated they would be switching from 1:1 to BYOD; others reported they would be implementing iPads (a few said in addition to their laptop requirements).
NOTE: I’ve created an article listing some of the hybrid tablets out there (with links): http://wp.me/p38YUs-1M
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To those that attended, thank you ! it was a great session and hope to do something similar again…
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