I have just installed Windows 8 and added Mindjet 11 to the suite of applications. Here is my summary:
I am preparing this blog with Mindjet 11 running on Windows 8. My hardware is a HP 2740p Tablet PC which has a touch screen in addition to the Wacom Pen. I treated myself to a Solid State Drive (my best buy is a Kingston 256gb on Lambda-Tech n.b. resale value of old 256gb 1.8″ drive on eBay £60-100). The PC and Mindjet are now running much faster than on Windows 7 and the traditional drive. For previous versions of MindManager, Nigel Goult at Olympic Limited has tested them and they work from version 4 upwards. Here are his results MindManager and Windows 8.
There is no difference to my experience. Nothing changes at the moment stick to Office 2010 32 bit. Mindjet state in this blog Update on Mindjet for Windows version 11 and Microsoft Windows 8 that a service pack will be released by the end of November. This will allow you to use Mindjet 11 with Office 2013. No information given about Office 2013 64bit.
What is my reaction to Windows 8:
- Initially confused by the new UI
- Started to use the touch screen and things got better
- Started using the Windows keys on the keyboard
- Found out how to switch between the new Start UI with it’s tiles and the old style desktop (press the Windows key)
- The virtual keyboard and ink entry is in a new place (get the task bar up and tap the keyboard icon). Windows 8 apps automatically pop up the keyboard when you tap an entry field. Legacy ones like Mindjet 11 don’t. I liked it lurking at the edge of the screen.
- The new apps that arrive installed (many more can be added for free e.g. Evernote, eBay, Skype) make the Tablet PC feel like an iPad with a PC bolted on the back. Lots of stroking and tapping!
- Seeing photos of your friends as soon you install Windows 8 on the desktop is a bit scary. How does that happen? You need to have or set up a Microsoft account to install Windows 8. Your e-mail address immediately links you to stuff!
- I am enjoying it. It’s much faster than Windows 7 on a rotating drive.
What will Mindjet do to exploit this new OS?
- Upgrade the Tablet PC tools?
- Introduce a free tile app?
- Introduce a low cost version for Windows 8?