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Usability Guru Rips Windows 8 Design

Usability Guru Rips Windows 8 Design
By Jennifer LeClaire

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More blows for Windows 8. And this time, they're heavy. Jakob Nielsen says Windows 8's user interface sacrifices usability on the altar of looking different. Nielsen calls the icons in Windows 8 flat, monochromatic, and coarsely simplified. He says the overly live tiles backfire and that the Windows 8 designers went overboard, while key functions are hidden.
 



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Windows 8 Security Review

We asked Paul Henry, a security and forensic analyst at Lumension, for his thoughts on Windows 8 security. He told us Windows 8 offers improvements to Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP).

"ASLR ensures that the address space of a process is randomized, thereby making it more difficult to predict the location of code within memory while DEP prevents data from being executed," Henry said. "The improvements to ASLR and DEP are combined with the new Windows 8 application sandboxing capability that effectively limits the access of a compromised application. This feature means the bad guys will be fighting an uphill battle to deliver effective exploits for Windows 8."

As Henry sees it, Windows To Go is not to be left out of the current wave in the ongoing "bring your own device" (BYOD) mania.

"Administrators can now build a corporate image of Windows 8 that can be provisioned on a 32 GB USB stick. The Windows To Go USB stick can then be booted from any x64 PC at any location whether the PC is connected to the enterprise network or not," Henry said. "Again this is a corporate defined image that can include the full compliment of Windows 8 security features so the administrator effectively has full control of the users USB booted endpoint device."

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Eric J. Green:

Posted: 2012-11-21 @ 9:49am PT
Am I mistaken or does the full Windows 8 version not have a desktop where you can run multiple applications side by side?

I know with Windows 8 RT, you can only have one application run at a time and it is horrendous to rotate between applications. This is the same for iPAD 1 (not sure about 2+, since I've never used them.) But if I were a power user, why would I purchase the Windows 8 RT version? Go with the full blown Windows 8 version and boom: I'm a multitasking champ again.



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