Katherine Murray has been writing about technology since before Microsoft Windows—any Microsoft Windows—even existed. She’s worked with every consumer version of Windows that has ever been made, marveling with the masses at Windows 3.1, swearing at Windows ME, enjoying Windows XP, and threatening to throw her computer off the roof, thanks to Windows Vista. She celebrated (like many), when Windows 7 delivered a sleek, smart, reasonably lightweight operating system that did pretty much what most users need it to do, and she practically flipped over the first inspiring demos of Windows 8 Developer Preview. The general public’s reaction to Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been mixed—with some power users wondering whether the Metro interface will deliver what they need and new users confounded by the range of choices and approaches. As a Windows Phone user, Katherine sees Windows 8 Consumer Preview as the next smart step in seamless operating system development and feels Windows 8—which is still in a beta release with Consumer Preview—moves toward a fast-moving, flexible, colorful, and user-driven computing experience that could change the way we work for the better.
Katherine started writing about technology 24 years ago and still enjoys it, specializing in Microsoft Office technologies and the fascinating ways in which we stay in touch with each other through cloud technology, blogging, social media, and more. You’ll find Katherine’s blog, BlogOffice, at www.murrayblogoffice.blogspot.com. In addition to writing books, she writes regularly for CNET’s TechRepublic and Windows Secrets.