As I begin this series on Windows 8 I feel like I should qualify these coming articles with a little bit of background about myself. There are a lot of fanboys out there, personally even though everyone has inclinations, that is something I typically try to avoid. Since this article is about Windows 8, that is what we will be talking about. That being said, while I sometimes speak in defense of Windows due to the fact that Apple’s good marketing sometimes creates misconceptions out there about everything else, I really don’t have a horse in this race. A setup that I often use is OS X/Ubuntu/Windows side by side (by side) and tied together by synergy. I often use Windows and OS X as much as I can to stay familiar with them and to insure that I can provide good support for Cru staff and seventy8 Production clients. I also have a fondness for Linux and enjoy living in Ubuntu or Backtrack for pen testing. However I have used Windows 8, I’ve used it a lot actually. The day the Developer Preview came out, it was installed on a partition on my hybrid. Likewise with the Consumer Preview and now the Release Preview. It is telling a story of Microsoft’s vision for the future, and in the next few articles I look forward to taking a look at what my interaction with this new paradigm has been so far.
While it’s annoucement came vieled in mystery, on June 18th Microsoft confirmed that later this year there will be two Microsoft Brand tablets. One is the Microsoft Surface, which will run Windows RT, and the other is the Microsoft Surface Pro, which will run full Windows 8, though it seems that it may be a special version of Windows 8 specifically for the Surface. I could expound on the specs of the device, because they are certainly impressive. Today though, I’m focusing on what I’m excited about with this this new line from Microsoft, and it’s viability for student ministries.
A few weeks ago I started to draft a series of posts looking at Windows 8 and it’s usefulness or lack-thereof. Then Microsoft announced their Surface Tablet (which Jeremy has already touched on). While my previously mentioned series will come later, I wanted to take the next two days to talk about the history of tablet computing, and the Surface itself. This is an exciting time in the history of computing, where increasingly tablets are becoming the norm for people to get real work done and Microsoft is taking great strides to make sure they are part of this historical time.
In my last article I talked about how you can often sync pretty much all of your documents online for free by using different services. However if you are putting your documents on several services indiscriminately, things can get messy. You may find yourself looking for a document for your work or ministry, and have to search in several locations for it.
I don’t know about you, but I like free stuff. I also like the convenience of having things stored in the could and kept in sync across multiple computers. Recent changes in cloud syncing services now make storing all of my smaller files like documents in the cloud easier, and for free. Let me tell you how I did it. In my next article I’ll talk about some ways that you can make multiple services work to your benefit and some general concepts so that it can work for you, but first here are some services I use and some of those recent changes I was talking about.
We are wrapping up our series on Intentional Relational Evangelism and how we are using it.