Microsoft are doing their bit at CES this week to show the world how great Windows 8 will be and how much we all will need it. Windows 8 from a client desktop perspective certainly has some great new features that will be of great use to single person computer environments – what I mean here is the scenarios where we have one user to one desktop computer.
I’m wondering how much of it however is relevant to the next version of Small Business Server? Look at the Windows 8 Start screen shown in this video below. How much of that would be relevant when shown on an SBS Server screen? Would it be relevant at all? What would you show in the active tiles? What would be a risk to security to show there?
Or how about the Windows Phone stuff shown here – some of you will know that Microsoft have already produced a cool plugin for Windows Phone 7 to allow it to connect to your SBS 2011 essentials server and that’s great – but what about the resellers/vars – how much can they use this technology?
What about the apparent success of the IOS – iPhones/iPads – will the next version of SBS work with them?
I don’t have the answers to this – not right now, but it’s all got me wondering. With so much being controlled by touch screens and active tiles and the like, how much of that is really relevant to our current SBS servers? Will we have to rethink how we do things to accommodate these technology advances or will we simply let them slide by? Time will tell and when I do have answers and I can talk about it, you can bet I’ll be posting it here.