Archive for June, 2012

Well, this is what some analysts are only now coming to the conclusion of.

While fully admiting that the current iPad running iOS 5/6 is a great tool for sales associates, marketers and realtors alike, it certainly can not replace a laptop or desktop running Mac OS or Windows.

Microsoft sees this too and that’s why there new Surface slates come with 3mm thin keyboard/covers – people need their keyboards, period.

Here are some things that Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface slates offer that make them potential replacements for a computer – sorry, they are computers.

Physical keyboards conceived in the design if the Surface. Not 3rd party keyboard add-ons

Integrated stand for using on a table or desk. Again, nothing else to cary around in your bag

Here is what really sets Windows 8/RT apart from the iPad and current versions of iOS; The new API for Windows 8 Metro allows or dictates that apps can run full screen, 1/3rd screen or half screen.

That means you can pick and choose apps from multiple vendors and know that you can use them side-by-side, not just jump from full screen app to full screen app and back again.

Everyone know the importance of working with your apps side-by-side, whether it’s a web browser, spreadsheet, movie, email or even a Kindle app – side by side is a requirement for any PC.

So, the iPad is a great multimedia device and may even have some crossover with business needs like a realtor showing a house/building, but the main work for these users is going to be done on a laptop or desktop running Mac OS or Windows 8 – unless you have a Microsoft Surface RT based slate, it will be able to do double duty.

iPad for Entertainment, not Productivity

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AS Microsoft begins to embrace and merge the desktop with the handheld market Apple is doing the opposite.

No longer is the Mac and Mac OS at the forefront of Apples business plan. We see evidence of this every day.

The iPhone and iPad are getting all the new features, they get hardware refreshed every year like clockwork, now they are alternating iPhone and iPad hardware announcements so iOS stays in the publics eye.

The iMac and PowerBooks have not seen a major revision in tech specs in 2 years, smaller, lighter, yes, but not any faster.
Their servers based on Mac OS have not changed at all in 24 months!

Why? Apple had grown the Mac OS market as much as they can/want. All their R&D is going into the Lowe power ARM architecture which is what the iPhone, iPad and AppleTV are running on.

No, to grow Mac OS market share and not waste R&D on enhancing that platform Apple will release Mac OS X for all existing Windows PCs.

Yes, it’s true, because I said so. 🙂

There has never been a better opportunity for Apple to make this major shift, everything is falling in place:

• Windows is radically changing for the first time since 1995, now that people are faced with upgrading to something NEW they are more likely to consider Mac OS X
• Mac OS X runs on “entry level” hardware – well, entry level for Windows OEMs.
• Mac OS X will easily operate on Windows PC made 5-6 years ago and likely wouldn’t need to even upgrade memory
• with Apple no longer investing in x86 architecture they need to keep their developers happy with a growing market to keep them developing for the existing market

Apple can do it, they already have native graphics drivers for Intel, NVIDIA, AMD/ATI, the only thing to develop are core drivers for the AMD chipsets and AMD instructions – don’t forget, Intel is running AMD x64 instructions….

This will happen and it will happen in October 2012, don’t trust me? Think i am off my rocker? Im open minded and eager to hear your views.

Apple has now taken the place of the old IBM PC Division one located in Boca Raton FL

Google has now taken the place of Microsoft of the ’90-’10

Microsoft has become Apple by throwing out the old for a new better more modern design and putting people first

IBM – I don’t know who they are now, does anyone have any thoughts

With this I am looming forward to the next 6 years of innovation.

So let’s start with the elephant in the room.  Windows Phone 7.0 and 7.5 phones will not be upgradable to Windows Phone 8.  All existing and potentially new Windows Phones released before and possibly after the release of the Windows Phone 8 platform will be upgradable up to Windows Phone 7.8.

Windows 7.8 is designed to give current Windows Phone the look and feel of Windows Phone 8 without loosing any of the features and benefits of their current phone(s).  This is not very different from what Apple has done several times in the past.  We don’t think about this much and we shouldn’t, this is how great platforms are developed and quickly forgotten.

Some Examples of how many times Apple replaced existing architecture for a clean break to the future

* Apple 1 to Apple 2
* Apple 2 to Apple III (Apple III+ gave back some backwards compatibility)
* Apple 2/III+ to Apple Lisa
* Apple Lisa to Mac
* Apple MacOS for PowerPC to MacOS 10 for Intel x86
* Apple MacOS 32-bit to MacOS 64-bit

Just like Micorosft is now doing with Windows Phone 8, Apple has done and continues to do similar upgrades and breaks compatibly with older systems or not all features are available for older generations.

This has happened with each generation of the iPhone, a new OS is released and only some features are available for older generation phones.

People didn’t get angry at Apple for coming out with new Phones or coming out with new features exclusively for the newest device(s) — consumers accept this as fact and the way business is done.

Heck, there is no technical reason why an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 can not run Siri, yet it is only available for the newest iPhone 4S.  And iOS 5 is no different, many features will not be coming to the 4 and nearly no new features will be accessible in iOS 6 when installed on the 3GS.

So now we will talk a little bit about Microsoft’s history

*  Microsoft DOS (MS DOS) 1.1 all the way to MS DOS 6.1 (Windows 2 ran on DOS 6) all were backward compatible with earlier computers.
*  Windows 1.x allowed users to run all their DOS apps either in a window or full screen
*  Windows 95 ran all the apps for released for Windows 1, 2.11 AND still ran DOS app
*  Microsoft developed OS/2 for IBM and while IBM wanted to continue to run all older apps as DOS and Windows had done before OS/2, Microsoft pushed ahead and created Windows NT – breaking compatibility with some but not all apps
*  And since Windows NT in 1993 until today, most all of those apps designed in the early-mid 1990s still operate today on Windows 7 and soon Windows 8.  I know this because I have friends who still install 10+ year old licensed apps on their new PCs without having the pay the high price for the latest versions -which they don’t need

So, Windows Phone 8 will run “all the apps” designed for Windows Phone 7.x un-modified, even on new higher resolution screens.

Will the release of a new Windows Phone 8 platform make everyone’s existing Windows Phones garbage? Heck no!  These phones are still excellent phones and I guarantee that these phones will have better battery life than any new dual-core or hi-res Windows Phone 8 devices.

In fact, I don’t think that Windows Phone 7.x is going anywhere.  I bet there will continue to be a market worldwide for single core Windows Phone 7 devices.  The hardware is still competitive with current single core smartphones, apps being designed and released today still run incredibly fast on first generation phones running at clock speeds of “only” 1GHz.

People who use Android and iOS don’t completely understand that a modern OS can work well on a single core device, but it does – Windows CE was designed from the ground up to work on low power risc processors.   Poor performance isn’t driving Microsoft to develop an updated Windows Phone 8 platform, quite the contrary, Microsoft is bringing the power and function of a PC down to tablets and to smartphones – there is a difference.

Android really needs dual and quad core phones and tablet to keep up with iOS and now Windows Phone 7/8, why? because the Android platform is a wild west with no one company driving features, performance or even making sure that your second let alone third or fourth core is actually being used by apps and the Android OS.

I don’t see that happening anytime soon, it’s just not possible to do.  There are several reasons for this and I’ll just say some of them as they come to mind; several ARM cores and specialized versions of those cores and graphics chips from multiple vendors, multiple wifi chipsets, Bluetooth stacks, sime have video output, different sized screens, and speeds, etc. etc. etc.

Then add one more BIG thing, since there is no product cycle driven or directed by Google like their is for iOS and Windows Phone, you have new phones designed nearly from the ground up every 3-6 months from every vendor.  No two phones are the same, and no two phones or tablets can share the same OS and drivers. There just isn’t enough time for Samsung, HTC or LG to fine tune the Android OS for any or all devices they manufacture or ship.

So, should the announcement of Windows Phone 8 keep you from purchasing a Windows Phone 7.5 device today or next month?

That depends and I think that people reading this or other tech blogs may want to wait, but the market for smartphones is so much larger than the techie community that I think that 90% of the people looking for their first or second smartphone SHOULD buy a Windows Phone device.

The Windows Phone 7.x devices and apps aren’t going anywhere and I believe that many will still be developed in the future.  Will there be new apps that can only run on Windows Phone 8 – SURE, but if the phone you use or purchase today does everything you want or need, a new Windows Phone 8 will not make your phone any less desirable or less functional.

Now that Microsoft has shown many of the new things coming to Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 things are just going to get better, people are going to respect you more and they might even think you are cool for getting in on the Metro bus early.

I know I am super happy with my Nokia Lumia 900 LTE phone and it does everything I want it to do – except maybe run Skype in the background – but seriously, do I really use Skype to do that anyway? Nope. 😉

I don’t think anyone truly believed that MS would put the NT kernel onto existing Windows Phone 7.x devices.

I am happy enough with receiving the new Windows 8 Metro interface.

Sure, newer apps and technologies will only be available to the latest Windows Phone 8 devices, but that’s really not all that different than Apple with iOS.

When the 4S was released it came with Siri and the currently and still shipping iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 do not have Siri and the 3GS does not have many of the new features on iOS 5 and the upcoming iOS 6 leaves many features missing on older phones – which are by the way still selling well in stores.

I am excited for Windows Phone 8.  If all the phone vendors put 110% support behind Windows 8 like Nokia has, people will run to new beautifully crafted phones.

Microsoft Surface has shown the OEMs what they are capable of and not just that; they are also telling the industry, If you don’t design compelling products – we will! 🙂

People upgrade phones, tablets and computers for new features and additional functionality.  It’s not because their device/computer no longer works, it’s that they expect and want more.

Today’s Windows Phone 7.x devices are great products, they do everything and more than when they first shipped whether it was 18 months or 2 months ago.

What happened to all the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th gen iPhones???  They got handed down to family and friends because they are still great phones – I see this being true for Windows Phones as well.

Do you have kids? Then you likely have a Wii or an Xbox 360.

If you have an Xbox 360 you should hopefully already know how to set up a “Child Account” – to restrict access to games or music labeled Mature or have already limited the number of hours your child has access to the console.

Well, if you have already done that you are one step away from applying those settings to their Windows Phone.

Follow this guide to finalize the account settings:

Controlling access on your child’s Windows Phone

Yea, you may not be your child’s best friend when you do this, but you will be a showing you are caring parent. 🙂

Ok, I don’t claim to know anymore than many people reporting their theories on what Microsoft has planned for Monday, but in many cases I don’t know any less either.

Plain and simple, I deduce that Microsoft is releasing their Xbox Video service and set top device.

Essentially, it will perform all the same multimedia and video tasks as the Xbox 360 and may even use the same OS or at least the same Dashboard API.

Will it run games? Maybe Angry Birds or other popular phone/tablet fare, but no, this device is going to be Microsoft’s answer to the ARM based AppleTV.

Think of it, Ms needs a lower cost entry into the living room and MS now has all the tools to make this $100 device.

Here are some facts that push be to this conclusion:

1. The announcement is in LA
2. The PR agency is said to be the agency used for Windows – and this device will clearly run a version of Windows RT
3. Reports are circulating about MS releasing their own MS branded tablet – this would be a tablet minus the display
4. Other reports say that this will be an eBook reader – if so, then why LA?

Anyways, I for one o ly use my Xbox 360 to access Media Center content stored on my PC, music, videos and photo slideshows.
I also use my Xbox 360 to access my Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Comcast and other streaming video content.
I don’t need the horsepower for 3D RPG games and the like – heck, i don’t even use the internal hard disk drive.

Yes, with MS rebranding Zune to Xbox Video and Xbox Music there ia even more reason to believe that a video and audio only Xbox Video is only days or months away.
Would MS make such a big deal out of this announcement if they were releasing a tablet, an eBook reader, or the like? Yea, i don’t think so.

IOS Updated Features

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m not going to go over the updates made in iOS 6 and how they relate to Windows Phone – you can read a pretty well outlined article here:
What iOS 6 stole from Windows Phone (and what Microsoft needs to steal back for Windows Phone 8)

Now that Apple is adding ‘full’ Facebook integration into the OS it’s time for Apple to refresh the user interface and take a new look at how the UI can be used.

Yes, iPhones were easy to use, but the more and more Apple tacks onto it, the less and less user friendly it has become.

Bravo Apple, now take what you have in iOS 6 and re-imagine it.