Microsoft will launch Windows 10 world wide July 29th 2015. To understand Windows 10, you need to understand the horrific Windows 8 debacle. Microsoft had a premature ejaculation with Windows 8 — which is the second shittiest Windows product ever, with Vista being the first in my book. Windows 8 and Surface tablets, just like any monopolization, were designed to circle the wagons and buttress the existing Windows base. With this mentality the normal strangulation in design ensured absolutely no opportunity to change the market and sway mobile users with the song of Microsoft. Windows 8 was a spending spree of drunken sailor proportions which was too little, too late. The reality was that with virtually no direction; with no rhyme or reason, Microsoft spent billions of dollars, destroyed its reputation and lost the edge with respect to command and control as a relevant Operating System (OS).
To understand the nightmare of Windows, all you have to do is look at the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS). What I mean is this: NAMFS has always reacted instead of acted. NAMFS always waits for a problem to be so serious that it almost becomes the norm and when they actually do something it is almost always fucked up. Background Checks are a classic case-in-point.
I like Eric Miller, Executive Director of NAMFS, contrary to what most folks believe. So, we are going to give a real world example and give NAMFS a break for this article. Remember how the results of work orders used to get from the field to the Client? Most of you don’t; however, for quite some time Contractors took Polaroid photos, hand wrote forms out and then faxed or mailed it all in and then stored warehouses of both photos and forms. So, let that represent Windows, as a delivery system. Then, along came technology like Pruvan, Aspen Grove Solutions (AGS) and Property Preservation Wizard (PPW). Over time everyone began to work in a paperless system, but with Pruvan and PPW — I refer to these three as the 3 Dwarfs — the process sped up. Even though Contractors were forced to pay inordinate sums of money the Mortgage Field Services Industry shifted over to these new and improved delivery systems.
Windows; Microsoft as a whole, refused to listen to that which its consumer base wanted. Other Operating System (OS) designers didn’t. Platforms like Linux based Ubuntu (which I use almost exclusively), Apple OS X and even more recently Open Network Operating System (ONOS) used in conjunction with new-age networking technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) came along and gave to the consumer FAR MORE than Windows ever though of doing; did this ALL FOR FREE — except for Apple OS X plus the need for proprietary hardware. More on point, though, for every piece of proprietary software, there are hundreds of nearly identical pieces of open source software FOR FREE!
Today, Windows is a last, dying gasp upon which Bill Gates continues to make his fortune upon. Ironically, the Three Dwarfs are now much like Windows. The greed in this Industry is monumental. And while the Three Dwarfs have used every tactic to shake down Labor and Management, their platforms are still insecure and built upon a patch dependent system. Instead of investing money into meaningful coding structures, the Three Dwarfs pocketed the cash much like Yardi did with respect to its horrific US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) P-260 Portal. Truth be told, none of the Three Dwarfs build anything which is even remotely novel. By way of comparison, Foreclosurepedia is hosting a Technology Summit in Philadelphia in less than 18 hours where we unveil an Open Source Platform valuated at over $28 Million; has over 2 million lines of code; and will be introduced FREE OF CHARGE! Upon that stable coding base, we will introduce the Enterprise Vendor Management System code named Project Orion.
Microsoft has finally revealed a delivery date for Windows 10. The official release date is slated for July 29. The company used the eve of the annual Computex conference in Taipei to make the announcement. It’s not a surprise Microsoft chose Computex to make it official given that the event is the largest gathering of OEM systems (PC and device) manufacturers.
All is not well, though, for those in the Industry not competent enough to migrate away from Windows. When we talk about browsers — many will remember that A2Z Field Services and AIM Your Way were both heavily dependent upon Internet Explorer several years ago — those continuing with the Windows flavor will have to adopt a bimodal browser policy. In fact, Microsoft’s new browser, entitled the Edge , will get feature updates streamed to end users, which is precisely the kind of software change that the long-term servicing branch was designed to prevent.
Microsoft’s Edge browser promises to be faster, more standards-complaint, and more appealing visually than Internet Explorer. The problem is that your company may not be able to use it.
Organizations considering Windows 10 upgrade options will be steered, to a great degree, by Microsoft’s coming service-branch options, which will affect browser choice.
One little known aspect, in that regard, concerns Microsoft’s new Edge Web browser in Windows 10. Edge, which runs alongside Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11 browser in Windows 10, will not be available to organizations that stick with the so-called “long-term servicing branch” for maintaining Windows 10.
For those NAMFS Members whom still continue to be dependant upon Internet Explorer, the future is looking grim. Organizations trying to tough it out using older IE browser technologies to run intranet sites or custom Web apps don’t have a lot of time left. That’s because Microsoft set a deadline of Jan. 12, 2016 to move to the most current browser per supported Windows OS. For Windows 7 users, that means moving to IE 11 by that January date. And unlike passing the buck down to Labor, the fact of the matter is those NAMFS Members whom remain recalcitrant with respect to technology will simply disappear.
Microsoft’s insular view is that all of us have been craving a way to put Windows on all our devices. We’ve been sitting around using our laptops (or desktops) and saying,
I can’t wait for Microsoft to come out with a solution so I can throw away my iPhone and iPad. I can’t wait to tell everyone in my organization that now, finally, we have an operating system that IT likes so much that we want everyone in the company to get rid of all other technologies and use Windows on their tablets and phones – because then they can integrate with the laptops (that most of us don’t use hardly at all any longer.
I was asked the other day whether or not Ubuntu is a safe and stable OS. In virtually every aspect, Ubuntu resembles Windows — the jump into Windows 8 is really a harnessing of Ubuntu with respect to the tiling structure. From a security point-of-view, the United Kingdom’s Communications Security Electronic Security Group (CESG) conducted a review of 11 Operating Systems including Ubuntu.
CESG is the Information Security arm of GCHQ, and the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance within the UK. This means that we are the definitive voice on the technical aspects of Information Security in Government.
UK government security arm CESG published a report of its assessment on the security of all End User Device operating systems. Its assessment compared 11 desktop and mobile operating systems across 12 categories including: VPN, disk encryption, and authentication. These criteria are roughly equivalent to a standard set of enterprise security best practices, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS came out on top – the only operating system that passed nine requirements without any Significant Risks.
At the end of the day, there is relatively little which will ever improve NAMFS Members like Safeguard Properties (SGP). In all my years of both coding and hacking, I have never seen such an antiquated and bug ridden system. SGP has traded off infrastructure investment for profit and the cost of security, agility and speed. Firms like ServiceLink (formerly Lender Processing Services (LPS)) and Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS) are still heavily dependant upon COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) Libraries and Compilers to the tune of tens of millions of dollars annually. This is the epitome of sheer madness. A basic perusal of these and other NAMFS Member firm’s 10-Q will easily identify this and more on point, additionally clarifies precisely how archaic the Industry is today.
Today, nearly seventy five percent of applications present in the government and financial sector still operate on ancient COBOL mainframes. Some of these systems have been in place for 20 or more years. Over the last 15 years or so, programmers graduating from universities have never encountered COBOL. COBOL programmers rarely have had to interact extensively with the runtime environment or to be concerned about the deployment and how it interacts with other aspects of the software stack — in essence, they have been sheltered by corporations not contending with the real world. The real time cyber hacking of the Mortgage Field Services Industry is a testament to these problems.
Foreclosurepedia has been migrating NAMFS Members away from Windows and the proprietary platforms like Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF and a plethora of other licensed products requiring annual payments to be compliant with the law. We will discuss many of the alternatives later in this Series. If your Firm is interested in a free consultation, simply reach out to us today! Technology is something which Foreclosurepedia has pioneered in the Mortgage Field Services Industry and compliments our Website Development and encrypted communications programs as well.