In the next few months, the launches of Windows 8, Microsoft Surface, and Windows Phone 8 will take place. The reception of these products will determine whether the online commentariat will continue to espouse the view that Microsoft is fading away, or see it as a giant, re-awoken.
What cannot be denied is the reaction to Microsoft's new interface, the framework formerly known as Metro.
In this podcast, James Bannan tells the story of how he was initially cautious of the new "Metro" visuals of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, but has come out the other side and warmed to the new interface. James also gives his thoughts on Windows Server 2012, and its accompanying Hyper-V implementation.
Also featuring in this episode is Microsoft Principal Consultant Chris Jackson, who delivered a talk on Windows 8 security internals at Tech.Ed Australia 2012, and getting to grips with the Windows 8 UI's new name.
Running time: 17 minutes and 23 seconds.
Disclosure: Chris Duckett attended Tech.Ed as a guest of Micrsoft
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.