Metro Lives! kidding…

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate: Metro Lives! | News & Opinion |,2817,2405165,00.asp

“Despite skepticism among IT professionals and technologists about the usefulness of including a consumer-oriented touch UI in a server product aimed for business and professional use, Metro remains in Server with a GUI install option. The RC edition does have a few minor changes over Server “8” beta, most of them cosmetic.

The most obvious change is that the moniker Server 8 Beta has been completely replaced with Server 2012 in the splash screen and installation screens when performing a Server with a GUI install.

During installation, within the screen where users must select a checkbox to accept license terms, the products listed have changed from the beta to the RC version. In beta, the products displayed in the screen are Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Code Named “8”, Microsoft Windows Storage Server Code Named “8”, and Microsoft Windows Server 2012. In RC, Code Named “8”, is replaced with “Server 2012” and “Microsoft Windows Essentials 2012” has replaced the SBS listing. It’s hard to determine what, if any, implication this change has for the SBS SKU, and it’s unclear why the general SBS listing would be replaced with the Essentials listing. Essentials is an SBS edition, which falls under the SBS SKU.

A less thought-proving change is the background color during install and in the Metro-style Start screen. It’s changed from the drab green in the beta release to a vivid dark blue. Unlike with the beta releases of the Windows 8 client OS, server administrators have no option to change the background of the Start screen.

Server 2012’s Charms Menu has an extra option under Settings, dubbed Tiles. The option doesn’t provide any new settings controls over the beta release; it simply launches the settings that allow enabling and disabling administrative tools and let admins clear personal info from the tiles. In beta, these same options were available directly, under Settings; Microsoft just added an extra step to access them.

Under Settings, there are now two “Unavailable” icons at the bottom. In the beta, there’s only one “Unavailable” icon. This looks like a bug or mistake. In any case, both icons are not active when clicked.”

I’m not sure which is harder… trying to hit the start menu over a RDP window or trying to catch it for a screen shot.  Same for the charms.  Can’t grab a screen shot and it’s hard to hit them on the upper left.

Obviously I’m a gui fuddy duddy for sure.

And ..anyone else keep thinking of this little guy?

3 Thoughts on “Metro Lives!

  1. Joe Raby on June 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm said:

    I wonder if the “Windows Essentials” thing is some new form of Windows Foundation Server. I doubt this would be SBS since the old beta didn’t include the bits for Exchange. That was probably just a typo in the old EULA.

  2. bradley on June 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm said:

    Attorneys don’t make typos.

  3. Joe Raby on June 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm said:

    Well, what would it take to merge SBS Essentials and Foundation Server into a single SKU? Not much, in my book!

    The biggest difference between them is the “CAL” count. They both do AD, and they both are designed for first-time servers and can also run simpler LOB apps. If they stick to a simpler management system, Metro could be the gameplay. It stands to reason that they might just cancel one over the other and combine the features into a single SKU. We can argue semantic differences between them, but I wouldn’t doubt that Server 2012 will get some SKU cuts here and there. Attorneys don’t always have the final SKU names before release either.

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