Microsoft (not Apple) and the VW Group

5 12 2018

The German VW Group is the largest car manufacturer in the world and so it makes the deal with the strongest IT partner in the world.

• Volkswagen and Microsoft will deeply collaborate to accelerate Volkswagen’s digital transformation

• Volkswagen choses Microsoft Azure platform as the foundation for Automotive Cloud and connected car services for its fleet

• Decisive step for Volkswagen in its transformation into a mobility provider with fully connected vehicle fleet

• Volkswagen will establish a new automotive cloud development office in North America and Microsoft will help support its initial development

• The partnership will leverage Microsoft’s expertise and learnings from its own transformation to help define what will make Volkswagen’s Automotive Cloud unique and adaptable globally

Apple as the biggest company in the world is out. It’s still the iPhone company and not able to provide all you need for a highly complex project.

Apple in the enterprise?

We read a lot about this topic but applications are limited to wearables and mobile phones. They simply don’t have the Know How and the infrastructure to be a valuable partner in such big challenges.

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Strategic partnership Microsoft-VW Group

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Continue on PC

4 09 2018

The majority of computer users is into Microsoft’s Windows as their preferred desktop operating system because of many good reasons.

But when it comes to smartphones Microsoft tried it but failed miserably. Devices running Android and iOS dominate with a market share of 99%. If you don’t have a significant share in the mobile market just support the behemoths Android and iOS. So Microsoft now focuses on software to bring their services to Android and iOS users. And it works.

An interesting and quite useful service is “Continue on PC”. It allows to start actions on an Android or iOS device and continue it on a PC running Windows 10.

Look at my image.

It shows an iPhone with an installed version of Microsoft’s browser Edge. I opened Apple’s homepage, tapped on the smartphone control top left and chose Surface Pro4 as the device to continue browsing on. The website immediately opens on my Surface.

This feature works perfectly with my Surface, an iPhone 6s Plus running iOS 11, a Microsoft Lumia 550 running Windows 10 Creator’s Update and a Nokia 6.1 running Android 8.1 Oreo.

More about how to connect devices …

Connect phones to Windows 10 PCs

Other Microsoft products for iOS

• Office
• Outlook
• One Drive
• Office Lens
• Authenticator
• Remote Desktop

I use them all and they are really great.

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and thanks to Aditya Tivari.





The slow infiltration

19 10 2017

Developing high-quality apps
for the Android and iOS platform

Microsoft is no upstart in the mobile space. It produced versions of its software for mobile devices for more than 20 years – starting with Windows CE for personal digital assistants in 1996, and later with Windows Mobile in 2000.

But the ecosystem has struggled since the launch of Apple’s iOS in 2007 and Google’s Android operating system in 2008. According to the most recent sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Windows phones account for just 1.3 percent of the market in the US (Android’s 64 % and iOS 34 %) – worldwide Microsoft’s market share is far less than 1%. Not motivating for developers.

Some days ago Joe Belfiore made it official: Windows 10 Mobile is dead.

With Windows 10 Creators Update Fall 2017 Microsoft continues its slow infiltration of the Android and iOS mobile device platform.

The update released on Oct 17, 2017 provides a new feature:

Windows 10 Phone Linking

There’s now a dedicated “Phone” area in the Settings app that allows you to link your phone with your PC, making it easy to share web pages between your phone and Windows device without missing a beat. No longer do you have to email yourself a link or image when you want to switch devices, just link your phone to your PC and use the dedicated “Continue on PC” function.

On iOS, this is done with a dedicated “Continue on PC,” Microsoft Edge (coming soon) and Cortana apps on your phone.

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