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  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    Thanks for pointing that out, KevinRemde!

    I was speaking about consumers but your point about Enterprise getting it included with their Enterprise agreement (via Software Assurance) is completely accurate. I believe, however, the SA is an added cost, at least it used to be. My knowledge of Enterprise License Agreements is a bit dated.

    The China piece is extremely interesting to me. Long has Microsoft fought against the pirates in China. Perhaps this is there way to officially tap into that market and see if they can make a few bucks.
    Mar 27, 2015. 01:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    Thanks for the continued conversation, Jym!

    Two things about Windows 10 you might find interesting:

    1: All users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will get free upgrade to Windows 10
    2: Windows 10 will include a new browser (codenamed: Spartan) that is built from the ground up and replaces Internet Explorer

    I'm using Windows 10 Tech Preview as I type this and I have so far been very impressed at the merger between "old" Windows (Windows 7 and back) and "new" Windows (Windows 8). I think Windows 10 is, so far, what Windows 8 should have been. A better blend of old and new (touch, etc.).

    So, give it a shot on one of your machines and see what you think!

    If you are totally browser based then it might not matter, but as your gaming kids show you (I'm also a big PC gamer), applications (non-web based) are still very important and will continue to be in the future.

    Edit:
    I also meant to say that I have yet to try out Spartan as it has not been included in the Tech preview builds. So, if you get Windows 10 now you'll still have IE 11 on there by default.
    Mar 25, 2015. 12:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    Not sure if you are using Windows 8, but the "Store" has 10's of thousands of "apps" in it. Some of these are games but there are other massive applications, such as Office 365 that can be installed from there.

    Yes, browser based content dominates the playing field, and I spend a large amount of my day there, but more and more apps get installed from the Windows 8 app store every day. These apps, for Windows 10, will be translated for both the OS and Phone environment. Touch, size, typing, are all part of the process here.

    I believe what Microsoft wants to do is make this the go to place to obtain plug-ins for browsers, applications (OneDrive, Box), and applications that launch because of online content (think Adobe Reader).

    Sure, I can use my browser to go to Adobe, sift through their online experience and checkout process or I can click on the store, do a quick search, one click to buy the app (once a payment method is added), and then click install. The second sounds way easier and I think users will think so too.

    By ensuring that apps run in both places, Microsoft is ensuring availability on the mobile platform for the apps (who hasn't installed Angry Birds on their phone), growing the application base, and providing application developers with a bigger market potential to tap into for their $.99 app.

    When I'm at work, I don't spend the majority of my time in a browser, I spend it in apps. At home, it's about 50/50. Everyone uses their machine differently and for you the app store might not be a big deal. But, for my parents, who aren't very computer savvy, a big icon for their banking application is way easier then messing around in a browser.

    Different strokes for different folks. Time will tell. And this isn't the only that MS needs to do to make Phone more successful; but it should help.
    Mar 24, 2015. 07:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    I don't think I made my point very well....I'm trying to say that because Microsoft is combining their app store into one store for all of Windows, the investment and ROI numbers become more appealing for a company because they don't need to worry about writing an app for Windows and an app for Windows Phone. The same app will work in both places.

    Therefore, if the dev. company sees the value for writing the app for Windows then Windows Phone (since it will be the same OS and app store under the covers) will be gravy for them. It will also have the added benefit of providing Windows Phone with a more comprehensive catalog of apps including those that are missing now (Tinder, Instagram, etc).
    Mar 24, 2015. 12:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    You are incorrect on all fronts.
    They are growing.
    They continue to gain market share.
    They continue to see an increase in revenue for the Enterprise products they offer.
    Mar 23, 2015. 05:50 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    It's truly sad considering the NCAA March Madness app is available for Windows Phone and came in quite handy over the weekend.

    Microsoft really needs to put up some capital to get the apps (although they are at 90% or so parity at this point) and the cell companies on board. And by this I mean that they need to incent the worker bees to push windows phone.

    Without this, I don't think it's going to happen.
    Mar 23, 2015. 02:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    I have found no limitation on my Windows Phone (Lumia 925) that would cause to dislike the OS or phone in any way. Curious what limitations you are referring to?
    Mar 23, 2015. 02:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    Additionally, with the app stores for Win10 being combined, companies can write one app for all platforms. This is a huge savings for them and a boon to customers as the number of available apps should shoot through the roof. While developers may not be writing apps for Windows Phone they are writing them for Windows. The alignment of the app store across the platforms is a great strategy that Apple isn't even employing.
    Mar 23, 2015. 02:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    I would love it if they did that! Can't even go to Windows Phone 8 on that puppy. Hence, my newly purchased Lumia 925!
    Mar 19, 2015. 01:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    Windows OS is gorgeous, IMO, compared to CrApples OS....And don't get me started on the nastiness of Android...
    Mar 19, 2015. 01:02 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    I think this is in the works too! MS would be wise considering their (ahem) "soft", shall we say, app story to make this happen.
    Mar 19, 2015. 01:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Putting Windows 10 Inside Android Phones Could Seriously Hurt Google [View article]
    There is zero evidence that running Windows on an Android phone, which it won't be once Windows is installed, will have any performance hit.

    With Windows 10 being the same across all devices offered from Microsoft and the apps and ecosystem store shared (finally!) this should greatly improve moving forward.
    Mar 19, 2015. 12:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft apps pre-installed on Galaxy S6; new Lumias launched [View news story]
    This is absolutely an area where Microsoft needs to improve. They don't have the hearts, minds, eyes, and wallets of the carriers. Without this, they will only get so far.

    They need to lay out some cash to the carriers (and by this I mean incenting the sales people at each location) to care about the phones. Without this, I fear, they'll continue to have amazing devices that not many no about or get to use.
    Mar 3, 2015. 01:12 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft apps pre-installed on Galaxy S6; new Lumias launched [View news story]
    Not sure what Apple has to do with a conversion about Microsoft and Samsung/Android....
    Mar 3, 2015. 01:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft apps pre-installed on Galaxy S6; new Lumias launched [View news story]
    ...Until Windows 10...My 925 is still fantastic. Really enjoying the phone, the apps, and the OS.

    Looking forward to seeing what Windows 10 offers on the devices!
    Mar 3, 2015. 01:08 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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