Eye on Windows – looking forward to 2014

Thinking of Windows

As we slide into 2014, this is a good time to reflect on the past year and talk about goals and targets for the next 365 days.

Regarding the site

2013 was a time of transition for the site. I run multiple businesses and (unfortunately) had to take my eyes off of Windows for a good part of this year. One of my other ventures desperately needed my attention so I had to get a team of writers to take the helm for a bit.

They did their best and it was better than nothing but it wasn’t a great year in terms of content quality for the site and for that I apologize.

I started this site (as Windows8update.com) because I was excited to see what new changes Microsoft was bringing to the table and was genuinely excited at the possibility of a new and revolutionary Operating System from Redmond.

Windows 8

Windows 8 as released and was a dud – lets face it – it was. The IT community called it DOA and we spent the post-rollout period talking about the improvements that could be made. It was a very rough and contentious period for the Windows community and it was tough to cover.

It was also clear (with the Sinofsky transition) that Microsoft was in some turmoil and there were larger events at play.

Windows 8.1

In record time, Microsoft released a patch/fix/upgrade to Windows 8 and soothed a few of the concerns of the tech community. While this update has been an improvement over Windows 8, the entire Windows 8.x experiment has still (without question) turned out to be less than ideal.

Back to the site

I started this because I love Windows and Microsoft (ironically) and actually enjoy being part of the Windows tech community at large. I just saw that there were no really independent voices that were free to call bullshit on Microsoft LOUD and CLEAR.

I have clearly done that over the past few years (much to the chagrin of readers on here from time to time).

For the new year, there will be some BIG changes.

I’m back

I am taking this site back to the original purpose I started it for – to take a sharp look at Microsoft and Windows and to call it EXACTLY as I see it.

There will be less daily stories but deeper and more insightful ones. I will focus a lot more on Windows and the direction of Windows and Microsoft in detail and less on every Microsoft and Windows related story that pops up every day.

I couldn’t really care less about app reviews or little idiosyncrasies from third party vendors.

I do care about the components of Windows and how they affect our lives and whether or not we can look to Microsoft as the next center of innovation in the OS space in 2014. I think Google, Apple and Samsung will be the players to watch out for in the OS space so I will be keeping an eye on them.

If you think that you don’t want to read these stories, that’s fine by me, there are lot of good sites out there – have fun. To all those who want to read up to the second Windows News – check out The Verge, Neowin, Winbeta and others – they re doing great work.

To all the faithful readers of the blog – thanks for sticking with me for so long and I promise you, 2014 will be a lot more exciting.

Happy New Year all.

Regards,

Onuora

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  • Stuart Hall

    Much needed dude!

    We have your back though – keep your voice going and dont ever sell out!

    Cheers!

    • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Thanks man.

      Much appreciated! Happy New Year!

  • Arnold Rogers

    Awesome dude!

    Looking forward to more snarkiness in 2014!

    🙂

    • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

      I wouldn’t have it any other way.

      Happy New Year!

  • Rodney Longoria

    Just remember Onuora, calling out BULLSHIT goes both ways. LOL! Have a Happy New Year. 🙂

    • Arnold

      Word UP!

    • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

      I wouldn’t have it any other way. Keep me honest!!

  • Arnold

    LMAO, now I know my New Years resolution, Stay off this site and keep enjoying WPCentral. 2014 is going to be such a huge year for Microsoft. Windows 8.1 will continue on its rise and people will little by little understand it (once they realize that if you can swipe left, swipe right, swipe down and swipe up, you can navigate and master windows 8. No confusion, no eye sore. Desktop is just another app that windows has that Hemdroid and IOS does not, nothing to feel confused about) People will begin to get it. WP is going to go through a huge year this, Forget it, if folks can’t have foresight and see what is coming down the pipe, they have no business having an opinion because its coming, believe it. And that’s not all….Oh yeah, you will see what a huge year this will be when Microsoft surprises everyone with coming out to market fast with Kick ass warable technology, Glasses and Watches. 2014 here we come.

    • Rodney Longoria

      @aandino:disqus, I agree 2014 will indeed be a very interesting year concerning Microsoft. On the one hand, new changes abound going forward with new devices, services and their updates of such. But on the other, the incoming CEO and what he/she may bring to the table will be the key ingredient, in my humble opinion. We shall see. 🙂

      • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

        That we shall.

        🙂

    • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

      I’m not sure where to begin with that. Anyway, I will be starting the year by talking about the swipe approach for Windows. Looking forward to the heat of your flames Arnold. Oh I forgot, you’ll be staying away.

      Happy New Year!

      • Arnold

        If you want I can write the article for you on the swipe approach, Heck I will even make a video of myself using my vivotab RT using the tons of good apps I have and quickly switching from app to app, Quickly closing apps I no longer want to use, multitasking and docking apps side to side, sharing a link to a page, a picture a video via email or Facebook or even through NFC to another mobile device by quickly swiping to the charms bar and sharing. THENNNNNN….believe it or not Arnold has a multitude of devices to make a video of and see if I can replicate that kind of ease of use and fluidity, Oh yeah I got an iPad I can try that with, I have an Asus transformer infinity Hemdroid tablet i can showcase, I have a Samsung note 10.1 Hemdroid tablet I can try it on as well. I would literally shoot a video of all this and bang out an awesome REAL and TRUTHFUL article on how GENIUS the swipe approach is. I can show how with my RT machine, Yeah my RT machine, I can actually (so long as I am connected to the corporate WiFi) browse the network on an Active Directory domain, enter my Domain Admin username and password and actually can diagnose my servers at work, perform actions on them, I can even use powershell if need to. Yup, I don’t lie I have actually done all this on my Vivotab RT, All with incredible battery life and excellent portability that ARM devices bring to the table. Then I would eat my shirt if anyone can show me how to do that on an Android or IOS device. EAT my shirt.

        Have a safe and Happy New Years.

        • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

          OK Arnie – write and shoot video and I’ll brush it up, publish and write a rejoinder if I disagree.

          Time to put up or……

        • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

          No pressure…I just called your bluff.

          • Arnold

            I am very very interested to know the answer to this question I will now pose. Bluff, you say? What exactly do you think I am bluffing on? Are you saying that NO I would not write and article and shoot the video, cause yeah sure that was me just being a bit facetious, whatever….Or are you saying I bluff in what I can do with my RT tablet that I know for a fact IOS and Android can not. What is you say I bluff on? Are you saying that NO windows 8 is not fluid and easy as hell to use the way I describe? This is really interesting that you say I bluff, lets see where your head is really at.

          • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

            I’m saying that I own this platform we are on.

            You write it, I’ll publish it.

            Now time for you to man up and write or stop bluffing.

            🙂

          • Arnold

            Disregarded everything I said and I even said I was being facetious about the writing part. WOW.

  • Chris Wood

    Thank you so much, Onuora. Your knowledge and insight of Windows and Microsoft in general, have been an educational enhancement to my computer tech skills. I look forward to your continuing stories, no matter how short or lengthy. Happy New Year and may blessings be with you and your family.

    • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Thank you Chris, that was very kind of you.

      Same to you and yours!

  • Darlington Jones

    As much as I disagree with your ignorant (in the purest sense of the word) views on Windows, I read because I realize that other key decision makers feel the same way you to (albeit, out of ignorance). As a shareholder in MSFT, its important for me to keep my ear to the ground.

    I will say Onoura, I recently bought a T100 Asus tab and it by far outweighs anything else offered by any other software develop. Paid $299 for it, came with a detachable keyboard and this thing flies. I’ve read your objections to Windows devices like horizontal scrolling (really tho?) and while it is your opinion, I think you need to start being unbiased when giving it. Its hard to do, I know, because I would not even accept a Blackberry if it were free, but as a person claiming to be on a mission to call out BS, I think you should set the example.

    Love your blog and I hope that you can make plenty money from doing this. One love

    • Arnold

      Good comment. I am telling you, instead of making his New Year resolution to listen to a whole bunch of people who speak out when we hear BULLSHIT, listen to some of his other staff writers who write good pieces, he arrogantly believes that he alone knows what is best and he once said we have our head in the sand and we don’t I just wrote examples of how I use an RT machine elegantly and realize as I use it how much better it is to use than anything else out there, and realize the huge potential it has being that it runs of the same NT kernel that has powered millions of applications for decades, I see how a powerful that can potentially be and how a in a not so distant future the things that can be accomplished by a mobile device that runs a windows based OS. BUT NOOO… He laughs it off as we must be insane. You might not have your head in the sand Amobi, but only because you got your head shoved deep up your ASS.

      • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

        Remember Arnold, you can make your points respectfully. You dont have a RIGHT to be here.

        I disagree with you but don’t feel the need to insult you. Happy New year again.

        🙂

        • Arnold

          Wow, see what I am talking about folks. Gets insulted because I said his head is up his ass but disregarded all my strong points. Wow, I am dumbfounded right now.

    • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Thanks Darlington.

      The T100 is an awesome device and I’m sure you’ll have a ball with it.

      Thanks for the (constructive) criticism, I actually do appreciate it.

      I’ve put a lot of time and effort into understanding Microsoft and the decisions they make with Windows and yeah, there are some decisions I simply don’t understand or agree with.

      I think pure unbias is impossible but I do state at the beginning of the article what I think so that you know what my preferences are at the beginning. I am not owned by a big company so the cool thing about THIS blog is that it’s a place to have an honest conversation.

      I’m not always right BUT I will put stuff out there one way or another.

      Thanks for the kind words!

  • Macpaul Emeka Ekwueme

    Thanks Onuorah but in all fairness I never thought the site fared any less better last year. I made sure to visit the site each day and there were always some useful news. Don’t know if it’s the end of year or the new direction, but lately it’s been really dry in here.
    It’s your site, but I’m just saying, if it ain’t broken, don’t try to fix it. Good luck bro!