Hey Apple, what’s your take on Microsoft’s new Surface Pro?

25 05 2017

A mobile device with the power of a computer? You don’t have it. Have you ever asked yourself why iPad sales continuously decline? For normal people a big-sized smartphone does it all. There’s no need for a tablet which runs the same OS like the smartphone does.

Decades ago – and supported by lots of scientists of different academic disciplines today – Alan Kay already told us that people should learn the basics of programming. But with an iPad Pro you can’t do it.

The MacBook isn’t that mobile as Apple wants us to see it. And the iPad still lacks some essential features a computer is capable of, e.g. programming.

So the next step (since years) should be a real hybrid like Microsoft created it already in 2002 with the Tablet PC.

Btw,
I was a proud owner of a Siemens T4010 Convertible running Windows Tablet PC Edition. And I tell you, it was a great experience at that time and it’s a great experience with my Surface Pro 4 today.

So again,
what’s your answer to the Surface Pro, making use of a fanless architecture, with a powerful Intel Corei5, running a full version of Windows 10, ready to install millions of powerful applications?

Just create a mPad running macOS with the option to also run iOS apps and Windows 10 via Bootcamp.

Forget your Macbooks and give us an ocean-boiling new Mac Pro instead.

It’s just my very personal opinion. Apple is the most successful company in the world led by excellent staff so they’ll have their good reasons not to do so. Sadly.

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Let’s get ready to rumble

24 05 2017

Another BIG deal from Microsoft and it also can open the door for a successful mobile phone marketing with low-budget devices. A rebirth of the Lumia series with a Chinese OS version would get Apple more and more into dire straits on the world’s biggest market.

Forget iPads and Macs in China when the Government Edition is preinstalled on the new Surface Pro and the OEM Partner Lenovo is massively starting its advertising efforts.

Windows 10 Chinese Government Edition

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Microsoft vs Apple

22 05 2017

I’d love Windows 10 Mobile if the rest would be as well as Microsoft’s Calculator.

The Calculator is definitely the highlight of preinstalled apps on my Lumia 550.

Apple’s Calculator looks nicer (like almost every UI designed by Apple in California) but hey, it’s a calculator. Features count and regarding this app tidbit Apple is definitely not in the same street as Microsoft.

Apple, you always tried to follow a wise saying of Albert Einstein

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

but in this case you miserably failed.

But it’s always good to have some room for improvement.

Come on Apple, do your math.
Come on Microsoft, do the rest.
We like competition.

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Wise words Mr Nadella

15 05 2017

then stop your company from poking into every corner. Give us default settings for features concerning privacy which cut the data flow from our devices to your company.


Don’t be under the delusion that connecting everything will improve our lives.

I know, we mustn’t buy all this useless stuff which often prevents self-determined actions. But you also know that there are many people out there who are not able to see the dangers coming up in the long-term.

Chris Anderson’s take …

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

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6 Months with a Surface Pro 4

22 02 2017

After my retirement in August 2016 I moved over from Germany to Thailand.

My company wants my future support so I got a Surface Pro 4 (128GB, Intel Core i5, 4GB Ram, Type Cover) to keep an eye on the further development of the company’s main application, a tool for auditors based on Microsoft Access as the container for all the data needed to audit companies, Excel for analyses, and Word for documentation of the audit process.

The device serves as a Windows 10 based reference system for the company’s internal software quality control.

Like every technical product the Pro 4 has its pros and cons. The energy management isn’t what I would expect from a high-priced mobile device. Optimization (like Apple did it with its macOS on a Macbook Air) isn’t Microsoft’s strength. Maybe this is caused by the many compromises coming with a newly developed universal platform.

Sadly there is another annoying lack (for me). Neither the Type Cover nor the Onscreen Keyboard sports a BREAK key although it’s needed when debugging code. Shame on Microsoft.

Summary after 6 months …

Battery life is still limited and makes a Surface Pro 4 an immovable property if there are lots of points on your agenda; generation of heat is higher than average and definitely too much for a tablet; showcasing Windows 10: indeed, including its occasional frustrations and aggravations.

There are still some dialogs coming from Windows Vista/7 which do not really match with the Windows 10 design. I hope the colleagues will fix it all shortly.

Ironically, where the Surface Pro 4 falls short is that “tablet” part, not because of the hardware but as the result of an ecosystem that is light on the kind of apps that make a great tablet. The same situation I’m faced with on my Lumia 550.

What remains is a fine and good looking portable PC (I wouldn’t call it a hybrid because it lacks in tablet mode) with which I can successfully work through my GTD list. Not more. Sadly.

The Surface could possibly be beaten by an iPad Pro running macOS. But it wouldn’t be an alternative for me because there is a huge app gap between the Windows- and the macOS-based application line-up. Users are supplied with a wide range of high-quality apps for Apple’s mobiles but they are faced with lots of problems to get specialized business software for their Macs. The Windows mobile “App Gap” finds its counterpart in a Mac “App Gap”.

I already used one of the first convertibles running Windows XP Tablet Edition more than a decade ago. Maybe I have to wait another decade to find the ultimate hybrid.

Note (for the youngsters)
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition was intended for specially designed notebook/laptop computers called tablet PCs. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition was compatible with a pen-sensitive screen, supporting handwritten notes and portrait-oriented screens.

More about Surface vs MacBook …

Surface Pro 4 vs MacBook

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R.I.P. Windows and Blackberry

17 02 2017

Market share isn’t everything but a good indicator of the developer’s ability to bring the power of mobile devices to the people. It’s not only the price which affects the market (except for emerging markets) but also the

  • availability of high-quality apps
  • innovative approaches
  • durability and design
  • ecosystem
  • continuity 
  • simplicity 
  • support

which convinces people in the long-term to stick with a product/operating system and remain loyal customers.

It must always be kept in mind that iOS runs on a handful of devices whereas the number of different devices running Android is near to 18k.

It’s also quite interesting not to look at the OS but the smartphone sales of the most prominent vendors in 2016: Samsung 20.5% (Korea), Apple 14.4% (USA), Huawei 8.9% (China), Oppo 5.7% (China), BBK 4.8% (China).

To get back on the track is a sheer impossible endeavor for Microsoft and Blackberry no matter what they will do.

We heard about a so-called Microsoft Surface Phone but Mr Nadella’s announcements are hazy. Do they really think they could do something unique so that customers change their mind? Keep on dreaming.

Notes
Stats by courtesy of Gartner, Feb 2017

Chart created with Apple’s app Numbers on an iPhone

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Hey Microsoft

20 09 2016

I gave you 9 months to present a most widely bug-free OS for my Lumia with an exciting UI.

But you failed.

So you lost one more customer and I’m quite sure that your reaction would be a simple MEH if you would read my post.


In remembrance I took this last photo from the lock screen with an iPhone 6S Plus. Dear Lumia, you won’t be unlocked any longer. Feel well in the trash can.

To be fair, I love Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft Surface

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