Anthology of Interest 1

A collection of links that I find interesting.

Microsoft

  • Windows Virtual Desktop: At #Ignite2019 in Orlando, Microsoft made several interesting announcement on Windows Virtual Desktop. Freek Berson has a great post breaking down the details here. If they keep it up, one of these days might finally be the year of the virtual desktop.
  • Azure Bastion: Channel 9 has a good intro to Bastion hosts in #Azure. If you’re not familiar with Azure Bastion, it is a managed service using Azure scale sets that essentially is a secure way to RDP or SSH via SSL to your VMs in Azure with no public exposure. This help avoid exposing your data directly to the public.

Containers

Zerto

Career Development

Microsoft Surface Go: I like it so far

I’ve been looking for a device that would fill the gap between a full-sized powerful notebook and my old iPad 2.

I looked at the Microsoft Surface before, but I thought they were trying too hard to be desktop replacements. Plus, I like the notebook form factor better than a tablet for regular daily work. I really didn’t want something as powerful and expensive as a Surface Pro.

Microsoft really hit it on target this time with exactly what I was looking for in a tablet with the Surface Go. I got the 8GB Ram/128GB HD version and the 10 inch screen is sharp and easy to read. The build quality seems good – it has the quality feel of my IPad 2. The Pentium CPU is slower than the Pro version and it comes in a smaller form factor. But it feels quick though and since I primarily work with Office 365 apps, it’s a good fit for me. At $549, it’s a good balance of performance and features for the money.

It comes with Windows 10 S. I think it’s interesting what Microsoft is doing by only allowing Microsoft Store applications in Windows 10 S. You can easily disable Windows 10 S and start using applications that are not in the Microsoft Store (like Chrome), but I think Microsoft is trying to provide similar stability and testing  that Apple does with their products and their Application store. I’ve been using Edge for quite a while along with Chrome, so just using Edge is ok with me too.

Is it a desktop replacement? No. It’s not meant to be that. Is it an iPad replacement. Absolutely. I will say my iPads have been really great, trouble free tablets, but they’re not the ideal machine for travel and working in Microsoft apps for me.  I love having native Windows 10 applications like RDP to manage the labs we have.

Time will tell, but I like the Surface Go so far. Yes, I wrote this post on the Surface Go. 🙂