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SpiderOak LOVES Windows 8. Compatibility = Done

Although ‘love’ is a big word for an operating system that has just recently been placed in the hands of early adopters, we at SpiderOak are committed to continually protecting your privacy in the newest iteration of the Microsoft operating system.

We have poked, prodded and tested the SpiderOak client on the Release Preview and Consumer Release of Windows 8 over the last few months. After all this work we are happy to announce that SpiderOak has been supporting Windows 8 from day 1. So are we in ‘love’? If compatibility is one measure then we would certainly say ‘yes’.

For all of you unpacking brand new computers this holiday season or simply feel that Windows 7 is ‘too 2012′, you can all look forward to also being able to install and run the SpiderOak client and all our services under this new Operating system.

Of course Windows 8 is still new and going through changes. Should you find something odd or unsettling about how the SpiderOak client or service works and would like to let us know, please email us at: support@spideroak.com and we will address it right away.

Very best wishes & congrats to Windows 8!

The SpiderOak Team

Comments

  1. JMGG says:

    Windows 8 is the sort of thing that's moving away from services like Spideroak. While the desktop version does have support for desktop applications, the tablet interface part, the obvious focus of the whole operating system, is prompting users to not depend on their own computers for storage or processing power, only on apps or web-based services. And while this current release may still support desktop programs, I would bet that future releases will not be that way. I expect to see that they completely rip out the desktop part and switch us all over to yet another tablet scheme. I can also see Microsoft outing competition with Skydrive integration on every level, including letting other apps store their data in user's Skydrive accounts, much like iCloud currently works. Thus, while it is great that Spideroak is kind enough to give users access to their services on yet another platform, I do not see any reason to look kindly on Microsoft, Apple, or any other system which heads in this direction and looks to outdating awesome services like Spideroak. My files should stay on my computer until I want them put somewhere else, and Spideroak is there to make sure it stays that way, and with a house full of linux computers, I hope to avoid this tug of war companies are playing with my data. The congratulations should be taken away from Windows 8 and given to linux and the Spideroak team instead:)

  2. C says:

    Uhh, no. Linux on the desktop is an answer to a question that no sane user is asking.

    Fragmentation, lack of focus and open source underpinnings don't make Linux a credible alternative for regular users.

    I don't necessarily agree with Microsoft's approach with Win8, but I'd rather have shiny tiles and a jarring desktop experience than the obnoxious issues that plague virtually every Linux distro.

    I guess I should also say I've been a Linux user (both desktop and server) since 1997, so I'm not just "hating" on Linux.

  3. JB says:

    +1 JMGG: we're not in Charmageddon, no need to be positive about awful OSes.
    @C: just because Linux has its problems doesn't mean it won't become the only possible solution when Windows goes desktopless and cloudful. Plus it's actually very usable for a casual user, I'd rather say it's a PITA for advanced users. If all you do is browse internet, some LibreOffice, listen to music and watch videos it works great and simple, you can ask my mum…

  4. C says:

    @JB It's a PITA the first time a user is asked to perform updates and it hoses their UI or any of the myriad other things that arbitrarily fall apart during normal updates. Also, see my criticism about lack of focus and fragmentation: as long as there are tons of different distros with different focuses, it's unlikely Linux will ever gain significant market share. People within some related open source organizations have said as much themselves. Of course, most would just say it's about choice, but that's as silly a cop out as anything.

  5. JMGG says:

    While I will admit that I have had to do countless reformats of my primary computer, that was always because I was trying out some new experimental features or using packages that were not supposed to be used together. On every distro that I have used with only stable updates, it has worked just fine and comes down to personal preferences on look and included software for convenience. There is much fragmentation, but the majority of users who use something like Ubuntu or Linux Mint will never notice that. It's still more stable than using some Microsoft or Apple product which likes to change things around with every new release, and not in a positive way. With each successive version of Microsoft Office, for example, I find myself more and more frustrated with finding where they put the feature that I need with that blasted ribbon thing. But cosmetic changes in something like LibreOffice in Ubuntu are generally to make things clearer or consolidate menus for the sake of removing needless clutter (while still retaining easy access to commonly used features). Anything with something like the KISS philosophy has to be better than something like Windows which just follows the money, making decisions for the customer. I don't want to be told by Microsoft that my choice to have things kept on my local system, have more than one program running on my screen at a time, and having my current programs, is a bad one. It's worked for me so far and I see no reason to stop now. Spideroak is there to cater for that need, which I am very happy about.

    (Just for posterity, I am a full-time Slackware user. I merely refer to Ubuntu and Linux Mint for their ease of use and well-known names)

  6. Smurf says:

    I agree with JMGG's first post. Win8 isn't much different than Win7, they both use the win-NT kernel, as does WinXP. Windows versions above WinXP do have better solid state hard drive support with automated TRIM garbage collection.
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    I have read that Win8 has better safeguards to help stop rootkit trojans loading up during the OS bootstrap process, by allowing anti-virus vendors to load their software before the OS loads. Then again, if a virus/trojan doesn't have any known detection signatures, there's little chance of detecting them… http://www.csoonline.com/article/719977/windows-8-security-focuses-on-early-malware-detection?source=rss_malware_cybercrime
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    As long as MS doesn't try turning Win8 into a full fledged Win-RT, I suppose I could ignore the annoying touchscreen tablet interface being displayed during the bootup process. Although I think users should have the option to suppress it from displaying during bootup on PC desktops.
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    I've been reading a lot about Gabe Newell, bringing Steam gaming support to Linux. I've seen a lot of Windows users take offense to this. I've noticed that most Windows users seem scared at the thought of having to learn a new operating system, all over again.
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    I don't blame them, Linux can be a complex, intimidating, and time consuming OS to learn. I just switched to GNU/Linux this year, starting with Ubuntu. I felt like a complete PC illiterate using Ubuntu at first. I wanted to run back to the familiarity of Windows for the first two weeks of using Ubuntu. I probably would have ended up running back to Windows, if it weren't for my Windows OS crashing for the 12th time, over the last 15 years. I figured it was the final straw. The viruses had finally won. I was sick of reinstalling Windows, and scared to make regular backup images because I figured those had viruses on them too. Yes I use Norton Anti-Virus on Max settings, but viruses still get though. Viruses can come from Cross Scripting attacks by simply visiting websites like Facebook, or any webpage for that matter.
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    So I stuck with Ubuntu and hated it at first. I even went one step further and learned about the command line interface (CLI) commands. Ubuntu is a user friendly OS, if choosing to ignore the CLI and just using the graphical user interface (GUI). Which is what what MS Windows basically does.
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    After 1 or 2 months of learning Ubuntu and the CLI, I ended up learning that Ubuntu is basically based off of Debian's Testing version (Wheezy). I felt Canonical's Ubuntu was turning a little too corporate for my liking. Like it wanted to be the new Microsoft. I figured it wouldn't be long before they started violating customer privacy and started data mining their customer's activites, like Facebook does. Canonical has already started doing it by partnering up with Amazon to mine user data… https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/10/privacy-ubuntu-1210-amazon-ads-and-data-leaks
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    So I switched over to Debian/Wheezy, added the SpiderOak Repository to my sources.list file, and I've never been happier. I feel more safe and secure than I ever have. No more spying, and a mass reduction in viruses, basically reducing the virus threat to near zero. I have more software choices than I've ever had. Though I still have a clean install of WinXP on the hard drives first partition, just in case I 'have' to use it for some reason.
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    Sorry for the long post. I guess the moral of the story is, to each their own. :)

  7. Daniel @ SpiderOak says:

    Very nice to see insightful debate in the comment section. Of course we don't 'love' Windows 8 more than any other OS, and this post was just a lighthearted way of notifying people that we are indeed 'Windows 8 compatible'.

    That said I agree to a certain extent that with the 'Appstorification' of OSX and Windows, Linux is looking to become the last outpost for truly free software development and I think that might prove to be HUGE in the future.

    Over and Out!
    Daniel @ SpiderOak

  8. Christoffer Aasted says:

    Loved by many, hated by even more :P