Microsoft is one of the luckier companies when it comes to riding out a long term shift. It’s been around a while. It’s entrenched. Been there and done that.
Of course, size and longevity can count against a company but you have to assume senior management now get that. We’ve heard it often enough. And some are smart enough to adapt. Does that apply to Ballmer’s team?
While the popular press talks about the decline of the PC and the rise of mobile, Microsoft is betting on a different demand structure, one where devices of all kinds have a role to play, especially in what we used to call emerging markets. More
It’s an epic battle between bitter rivals for mobile OS supremacy. Will Apple’s ecosystem and ease of use take out Android’s customization and feature set? Find out!
Now Computing has taken to Kickstarter with StormFly, a 16GB USB device that looks like a flash drive wristband. But this gadget has a trick, it carries an entire OS, allowing you to boot your apps and files from any computer.
Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off today with the unveiling of iOS 6 for the iPhone and iPad. Apple is promising over 200 new features in the latest version of its mobile operating system, but only a few of them were highlighted in the keynote.
June is an exciting month for smartphone fanatics as Microsoft is expected to unveil the next generation of Windows Phone at an event next Wednesday, June 20 while Google is expected to reveal its plans for the next version of Android, codenamed “Jellybean.”
When Android 5.0 “Jelly Bean” launches this fall, it will appear first on several new mobile devices sold by Google itself as part of the “Nexus” line.
That’s according to a Tuesday story in the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Google is shifting its Android strategy so that it will not only give select mobile-device makers early access to new releases, but will also sell the resulting devices unlocked directly to consumers. More
Many moons ago, Google made it quite clear we wouldn’t be seeing its browser-based OS on any tablets or phones, but it never said Chrome OS wouldn’t run on devices powered by similar silicon. In fact, the issues tracker at the Chromium OS project shows that work’s being done to get Chrome OS compatible with ARM architecture, and in particular a Samsung Exynos 5250 chip. More
Not everyone is happy with Windows 8′s sweeping design changes, including one former Microsoft employee who thinks the company can do better.
The former employee has launched a website called “Fixing Windows 8” with suggestions on how Microsoft could improve the user interface, particularly for a mouse and keyboard. According to Tom’s Hardware, the website’s founder is Mike Bibik, a user interface designer.
“During the MWC keynote, Microsoft made it very clear that Windows 8 will work fantastically if you are using touch, mouse or keyboard,” Bibik wrote in his first post. “Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true.”
Among the site’s complaints:
-New users won’t know how to navigate the interface because so many choices are hidden from view, including the Charms menu, master apps list and Start button
-Metro apps don’t have window controls, so users can’t minimize or exit an app
-The Charms menu hides vital functions such as searching within an app
“Power users should be able to figure out how the mouse works in Windows 8. Novices and new users will be completely lost,” Bibik wrote. As evidence, he linked to a video posted by tech personality Chris Pirillo, in which Pirillo’s father can’t find the Windows 8 Start menu because Microsoft removed the Start button from the desktop. More