Visual DataFlex and Windows 8 Stephen W. Meeley Development Team Data Access Worldwide www.dataaccess.com
The Room 111 View of Windows 8 Visual DataFlex 17.1 will be officially supported on the various Windows 8 platforms (but not Windows RT) No, older revisions of Visual DataFlex are not officially supported, but the word on the street is that they mostly work As long as you dont use WinPrint No, you cant just copy the WinPrint from 17.1 and use it with older revisions Questions?
The Kübler-Ross View of Windows 8 Shock or Disbelief * Denial Anger Bargaining Guilt * Depression Acceptance and Hope
Windows 8 What are we really talking about here? Windows 8? Windows RT? Touch (Windows and/or Web)? Tablets? Surface? (Pro and/or RT) Metro, er, Windows Store, er, excuse me, Modern UI apps? Apple envy? Internet Explorer 10 (Modern UI and/or Desktop)? Just running Visual DataFlex on Windows 8?
Editions Windows 8 – Install on any PC – Runs Windows Store apps and Desktop apps Windows 8 Pro adds – BitLocker (data protection) – Host RDC – Domain join (networks) – Hyper-V – Virtual Hard Disk Boot Windows 8 Enterprise adds – Features for corporate IT support – Windows To Go Windows RT – Only pre-installed – Only Windows Store apps
Interesting things about Windows 8 The split-interface is a double-edged sword Live Syncing (using Microsoft Account and not Local Account) Search Task Manager Faster booting Windows To Go Pausing file transfers Windows key combination – especially Windows+Print Screen (saves directly to Pictures folder)
Loves the screen… But is still very infatuated with the keyboard! Windows Key + C: Displays Charms menu. Windows Key + X: Brings up a menu of advanced system options, including Windows Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and File Explorer. Windows Key + I: Displays the Settings menu for the current app. Windows Key + Q: Brings up the apps search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs. Windows Key + D: Activates desktop mode. Windows Key + Tab: Brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between Windows 8-style apps. Windows Key + H: Brings up Share menu for the current app. Windows Key + M: Opens desktop mode and minimizes all windows.
Loves the screen… But is still very infatuated with the keyboard! Windows Key + W: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search settings. Windows Key + F: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search files. Windows Key + R: Opens Run menu where you can launch programs by typing in their executable file names. Windows Key + E: Opens File Explorer to the My Computer view which shows all your drives. Windows Key +Number Key (1-9): Switch to desktop mode and make the Nth application on the task bar active where N is the number key you hit and 1 is the furthest taskbar icon to the left. Windows Key +. (period key): Docks the current Windows 8-style application to the right or left, depending on how many times you hit it. Windows Key + Z: Brings up app menu, which shows contextual options for the active app.
Windows 8 Market Share Growing, but at a very slow pace Still running in 4 th place (behind Windows 7, XP and Vista) at 3.17% NetMarketShare
What about Visual DataFlex? Visual DataFlex 17.1 adds official support for Windows 8 Prior versions have known problems with WinPrint The Modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10 provides a plug-in-free browsing experience Translation = no PDF support But it will switch to the Desktop version if you have a plug-in installed Touch can be funky in Windows applications (but thats not specific to Windows 8) Touch has issues in Web applications Eg. Menus are hover, not click so they dont stay open Well be addressing these, but not necessarily in 17.1 Well be adding an option to reduce the number of Start Menu items
Tidbits Check out Stardoc Corporation Start 8 ModernMix Check application compatibility Even Microsoft Hot Corners are kinda important and they dont work well when running Windows 8 in virtual machines This can be very frustrating if you didnt know this and thought you just didnt get it Not all updates can be in-place
Its a learning experience… Give yourself time to play Personally, Im still at stage four