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Windows 8 to offer major shift in platform interaction

Support for touch-screens, desktop virtualization, and the Metro “tile” UI are unique Windows 8 offerings with important potential. See this link for further info.      

Desktop Virtualization enters the mainstream

While virtualization has been around for several years, most application of this technology has focused on virtualized servers.  The primary virtualization tools, VMware, Hyper-V from Microsoft, and Xen from Citrix have brought cost savings (in the form of reduced capital expenditures and lower energy consumption), reduced downtime, improved business continuity, and higher availability. Now virtualization

Free Remote Desktop Tool Supplied by Chrome

A recent update to Google’s Chrome browser has empowered Chrome users with an efficient remote desktop tool to access remote systems.  The tool uses a Remote Desktop App (currently – late May 2012 – still in beta) that is available free from the Chrome App-store.  Connections are securely initiated through Google servers and the service

Free Remote Desktop Tool Supplied by Chrome

A recent update to Google’s Chrome browser has empowered Chrome users with an efficient remote desktop tool to access remote systems.  The tool uses a Remote Desktop App (currently – late May 2012 – still in beta) that is available free from the Chrome App-store.  Connections are securely initiated through Google servers and the service is totally free.  Users on both ends of the remote connection must have Google accounts and must be logged in to them.  The user on the target machine “shares” his system and a 12-digit access code is generated.  The initiating user launches an “access” routine which requests the 12-digit code.  Once validated the initiator can gain full control of the target system.  The remote session lives in a window within the Chrome browser or can be enlarged to full-screen.

This tool can be especially useful within a large organization for remote access by IT staff.  Target workstations can be pre-setup for remote connectivity (using the same Google account on each end of the connection) and controlled by a 4-digit access code from the IT Department.  This alternative setup allows unattended access by the initiator, and even a remote reboot of the target system allowing remote re-connection, also unattended, to the target.  If the IT Department has 50 systems to maintain, all 50 will appear (once pre-setup) in a “My Computers” window in the Remote Desktop app.  Clicking to connect to any of them generates a prompt for the 4-digit code, and voila, access is then granted.

This is just the latest example of another useful tool offered by Google for free.

Desktop Virtualization enters the mainstream

While virtualization has been around for several years, most application of this technology has focused on virtualized servers.  The primary virtualization tools, VMware, Hyper-V from Microsoft, and Xen from Citrix have brought cost savings (in the form of reduced capital expenditures and lower energy consumption), reduced downtime, improved business continuity, and higher availability.

Now virtualization is moving to the desktop and bringing with it a more adaptable IT infrastructure, greater consistency, and lower management costs.  Desktop environments can be closely controlled and quickly delivered with improved security.

Windows 8 to offer major shift in platform interaction

Support for touch-screens, desktop virtualization, and the Metro “tile” UI are unique Windows 8 offerings with important potential.

See this link for further info.

Windows 8 - Metro UI "tiles" - mouse click or touch screen

 

 

 

Full screen weather presentation rings of phone app.

Windows 8 - Weather at full screen with Metro UI - mouse wheel pans through selected cities