The Microsoft ecosystem of devices and apps is thriving and deserves your consideration when you’re looking for your next tablet or phone. Here are some of the latest developments.
Nokia Lumia phones are impressive! Well engineered, reasonably priced, with the best cameras on the market, bar none, and a selection of Nokia apps that add real value.
Previously: It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem
Let’s break down the new tablets by ecosystem. I’ll give you some shopping tips along the way.
Everyone can find something to like in an iPad.
The iPad Air (9.7” screen) brings the weight of the full-size iPad down to one pound, another triumph of engineering and design for Apple.
The iPad Mini (7.9” screen) gets a high-resolution retina display and has identical specs to the larger iPad. Look carefully at the iPad Mini! The smaller size strikes many people as just right, the tablet that Goldilocks would choose.
There is an incredible array of apps that do useful or creative or entertaining things on iPads. […] continued
The holiday shopping season is nearly here. You’re faced with quite a selection of tablets and no obvious way to choose one over another.
– The level of engineering is so high that almost all of the new tablets are gorgeous and strong and light, with beautiful high-resolution displays.
– Battery life has been extended far beyond what was possible even a couple of years ago.
– You can find a tablet in any size from six to twelve inches (and even beyond, if you stretch the definition to include hybrid laptops with detachable keyboards).
– Prices are all over the place, from the cheapest Amazon and Android tablets all the way up to Apple’s expensive iPads. […] continued
In the news:
Fast Company: “Hear From The IT Blogger Whose Review Apple CEO Tim Cook Blasted”
Stop giggling. I’m not making a joke. It’s true.
For many years, Apple’s press conferences have been closely covered by the media, tech web sites and bloggers. […] continued
Windows tablets have a lot to offer business users whose time is spent using Microsoft Office programs on Windows computers and notebooks. If you slip into Microsoft’s ecosystem, your files will follow you onto the tablet along with your settings and your Internet favorites, and you’ll get the advantages of familiarity and compatibility along with better security and manageability than you’ll find on iPads or Android tablets.
Last year Microsoft offered the only viable Windows tablets – and botched the marketing and distribution, leaving it in the embarrassing position of taking a writeoff for unsold Surface units. This fall Microsoft will take another swing with improved tablets, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, which will be marketed as classy, high-end devices, with price tags to match. […] continued
The landscape for tablets has been straightforward for the last year.
– Apple supports a rich echosystem of apps with the 10” iPad and increasingly popular 8” iPad Mini, elegant and responsive and expensive.
– Android is available on tablets from a number of manufacturers, with a slightly more Wild West feel to the ecosystem – lots of variety, sometimes a bit flaky.
– Amazon quietly sells millions of its Kindle Fire tablets each year, running a highly modified version of Android built around the Amazon ecosystem.
– And off to the side, Microsoft has offered the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, 10” devices with quite different personalities and price tags, but one thing in common: not very many people cared about them. […] continued
Here’s the story of why the Windows Desktop will disappear.
It’s now widely understood that small, mobile devices will be the focus of everyone’s attention for the next few years. Tablet and smartphone manufacturers (Apple, Samsung) are sharply increasing their sales every year, while desktop computer manufacturers (HP, Dell) are starving. Innovations are spilling out of mobile and web developers at a dizzying pace, while it has been years since anything truly new appeared for Windows or Mac OS. Ultimately we’re the ones driving the change; people have discovered that they often don’t need the full power of an overly-complex computer to communicate and collaborate. […] continued
This is the second of two articles about what lies ahead for Microsoft and Windows. In the last month, there have been two huge corporate shakeups that will change Microsoft’s competitive posture in ways that are completely unpredictable.
Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates’ college roommate and one of the original Microsoft employees, unexpectedly announced that he will retire as soon as a successor is chosen – no more than 12 months from now and perhaps much sooner. He has been CEO since he took the reins from Bill Gates in 2000, taking a huge and diverse company and steering it through the last thirteen years to record profits and revenues, but making mistakes along the way and failing to keep pace with Apple and Google in the market for mobile devices that has become all-important. […] continued
It’s widely expected that Apple will add a fingerprint reader to the next iPhone, scheduled to be announced on September 10. If the rumors are right, your thumb will unlock the phone when you press the button at the bottom. To be successful, it has to be nearly 100% effective but that might be possible – Lenovo’s fingerprint readers in Thinkpads have become very reliable and Apple purchased leading mobile security company Authentec last year and presumably has been working on improving Authentec fingerprint sensors.
Apple’s influence is declining but its product decisions still get tremendous attention from the media. […] continued
In the twenty-year history of personal computing, there has always been a reason to wait a few months to buy the Next Big Thing. So let me tell you about the Next Big Thing, but with a disclaimer – if you need a new computer or tablet, go buy a computer or tablet. There are going to be some nice improvements down the road, but this is not game-changing, stop-the-presses stuff.
Intel is rolling out the fourth generation of its Core processors, code-name “Haswell.” The first Haswell processors have already begun shipping in MacBook Airs and a few of the latest Windows laptops and they will be flooding the market in new computers and tablets for the fall shopping season.This is a major upgrade of Intel’s processor lineup, perhaps offering more dramatic improvements than the Ivy Bridge update last year. […] continued