Windows Phone maybe the underdog in the mobile operating system industry. Although it doesn’t have as much hype surrounding as it’s rivals, the iOS and Android, it does have a following that as been growing quickly, especially recently. With the Windows Phone 8 update, we’re seeing plenty of improvements, some that may surprise users and critics alike. While the Windows Phone OS will not be strong competition for it’s rivals any time soon, it is quickly growing towards becoming a solid contender. With their highly anticipated flagship phones, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920, hype is building for the latest update. Here are some of the things we can expect from Windows Phone 8. Continue reading
Is Microsoft’s Surface the iPad killer the tech industry has been waiting for ever since Apple first rolled out its laptop computer killer? RIM and Google have both taken their best runs as the iPad with varied levels of success, but have always fallen short of actually knocking the iPad off the top of the perch. The excitement surrounding the MS Surface seems to be enough that a Windows-based tablet looks like the tech world will finally have a tablet that can compete for market share with the iOS. Continue reading
As more people turn to the cloud, the competition among cloud service providers has heightened. In particular, Microsoft and Google have made their way to the top of the pack, although there is still a big difference between these two providers.
In May, research firm Gartner Inc. reported that one-third to one-half of all businesses moving to the cloud for the first time are deciding to go Google. And this report came after a 2009 prediction by the same firm that said Microsoft would be outselling Google 4-to-1 by 2012, which turned out to be wrong. In light of these reports and other circumstances, Microsoft has taken great strides to contend with Google in the cloud.
Hoping to better attract customers and decrease the differences between Office 365, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud solution, and Google Apps, Google’s cloud service, Microsoft not only cut its prices by 20% this spring, but also added a new cloud platform.
Microsoft has a number of platforms available to businesses depending on the size of the business and the basic services for which it is looking. After its price cut, the least expensive version of Office 365 costs $48/user/year. This platform does not include the entire apps suite (so users must purchase add-ons to run the full suite as intended) and is available only to businesses with fewer than 50 people. In contrast, Google Apps for Business, the most costly version of Google Apps, costs $50/user/year. Continue reading
Microsoft has been making great strides recently. With the unveiling of Windows 8 and its following previews, it’s looking like Windows 8 is leaning towards a more user – engaging interaction.
What’s my take on all of this? Windows 8 will definitely look great.
Why is that? Let’s take a look at how they revamped their Windows interface, specifically Metro. This feature of Windows 8 has got to be the best feature of all, because it allows you to do stuff like you would on a tablet interface. You can pin apps, contacts and stuff, similar to how it does things on Windows 7.5 Mango.
With Mango, there isn’t anything bad about it. Even people who regularly lambast Microsoft Windows suddenly found a Microsoft product that they liked, and Microsoft hopes to repeat Continue reading
For a long time, Microsoft had to sit in the sidelines while Google and Apple took over market share for software. But things have changed, because Microsoft has unveiled the Surface, a tablet that will surely change everything.
What is it anyway? This tablet (or tablets, if you will) is a big change of pace for Microsoft. They’re currently mum about the features, but it looks like the product is very impressive. Continue reading