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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Less Is More

28 05 2017

but not in all cases.

This is a minimalist workplace I use sometimes to access my Surface Pro 4.
The screen shows the USysRibbon table (for ribbon customization) in a Microsoft Access database opened on a Surface Pro 4 and viewed on a Lumia 550 via the TeamViewer Remote Control app.

If you exactly know what you’re looking for on your computer then the screen size of a Lumia is sufficient.

I heard about rumors coming up with a so-called Surface Phone able to run W32 applications. This would definitely not the ocean-boiling innovation of the smartphone Microsoft talks about since months. The screen size – if the device should still fit into your pocket – doesn’t allow to do complex tasks.

CEO Satya Nadella declared that 2017 would see Microsoft launch the ultimate mobile device:

“We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device.”

Hmm. Nebulous.
I don’t even can imagine what he means.

But hey, I can tell you what people all over the world like to have and I say it with the words of Steve Jobs when introducing the iPhone in 2007:

an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator

and 10 years later,

5G capable, highly secure, durable, with less OS fragmentation, with a great camera, and with lots of awesome apps.

Apps? Yeah, apps, that’s the environment where things are happening. You don’t have enough good apps? Well, you created the UWP but you still have more than 40,000 developers. Don’t dismiss them because of streamlining your business. Let them create the awesome apps users are looking for.

And don’t forget, a smartphone owner primarily feels well with the device in his hands, using it on the go, outside your Continuum.

Just advise your team to do it. It’s that easy and gives us more competition.

It will be much easier to continuously launch iterations with more and more benefits for users instead of endlessly talking about dummies.

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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.

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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