Meetup #36: Windows 8


register-nowMicrosoft is releasing Windows 8 in late October 2012, and is promising that it will be a game changer. Windows 8 focuses on people and apps, and gives powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with people. It's Windows reimagined. 

We had a great meetup on October 9 at Emma's Back Porch in Burlington, ON learning about what's new and what it means for your business.

Windows 8 - Mitch Garvis

  • Tour of Windows 8 – What is new, what is the same, and what just looks different
  • Editions of Windows 8
  • Using Windows – Touch versus keyboard & mouse
  • Logon Options
  • Integration with cloud – Microsoft Account, SkyDrive
  • Windows To Go

An End User's Perspective - Robert Duvall

  • Content is on the PC and in the cloud
  • People, not files, are the center of activity
  • Touch isn't a requirement for Windows 8
  • The days of remembering lots of login passwords are gone with gesture logins 

Presenters / Panelists

MitchGarvisMitch Garvis is a Renaissance Man of the IT world. He is a partner with SWMI Consulting Group, in addition to being a Virtual Technology Advisor – Windows Infrastructure for Microsoft Canada. Among his numerous certifications are several MCITPs, as well as the new MCSE: Private Cloud. He lectures and trains on a variety of topics including System Center, server virtualization, desktop deployment, and security. You can read his blog at, or follow him on Twitter as @MGarvis. In his spare time he likes to break things, and has recently earned his Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. He makes his home in Oakville where he has one wife, two kids, two dogs, and two minutes to himself per day.


Robert Duvall – President - RDC Networks.  Robert is the President of RDC Networks.  He specializes in:  Windows Server technologies; Exchange Server; Cisco Unified Communications; and Blackberry Enterprise Server.  Robert currently holds several certifications including Small Business Specialist, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and CCNA.  Prior to, RDC, Robert was a trainer for the Compumaster division of Skillpath Seminars for 13 years, training business individuals on Windows Server, Linux, Windows Operating Systems and Cisco.


**  Also, check out the pictures on flicker - courtesy of Ken Lowe.


Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Windows 8 - Take The Tour
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ 7pm
Location:  Emma’s Back Porch. 2084 Old Lakeshore Rd, Burlington | Google Map
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&A Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the organizers and facilitator in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

Pre-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.


How To Register

Registration for this meetup is through LinkedIn events.  Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not.



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