Windows Phones, Lumias

Interesting piece on the latest Windows Phones. Microsoft continues to struggle in finding their place in the smart phone world. It is too bad, because personally, I think they are fantastic overall.

“Microsoft Sacrifices Lumia 950 And 950 XL For A Stronger Surface Phone”

Announced in October 2015, and released a month later, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones have not set the world alight. The first ‘out of the box’ Windows 10 powered smartphones occupy a curious pivot point in Microsoft’s plans. What do they tell us about the direction of Microsoft and how it will approach mobile in 2016?

Between them they represent the end of a line of smartphones that stretches back to Nokia’s 2011 decision to go with Windows Phone rather than Android, They also represent Microsoft’s future attitudes to smartphones as a single element of a wide range of Windows 10 powered devices all living on the same code-base, all sharing information, applications, and data, through Microsoft’s cloud-based services.

The two handsets build on past glories, and point the way towards a potential future. Unfortunately it is a very unclear future. With CEO Satya Nadella focusing on Microsoft’s software and cloud services it means that much of the functionality that made Windows Phone a commendable choice in the past is no longer exclusive to the Lumia handsets. You can run Microsoft’s cloud services on iOS and Android easily, and in terms of process and workflow there’s little difference between Windows, Android, and iOS.”

Read it here

Big Google

Is it me or is the ‘Google’ on the  search page much bigger than it used to be? I thought my browser window had been ‘zoomed’ to about 125% or similar. But it turns out, this is their new super-sized word logo ;> It takes getting used to, if you ask me.

But it does get them NOTICED, that much is certain.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Microsoft Office Apps

When worlds collide, and even … coexist.

“This might sound surprising but Samsung Galaxy S6 will be packed with Microsoft Office (free Office 365 subscription), OneDrive, OneNote and Skype. These probably aren’t the only ones to be included, but are mentioned in the report.”

It’s not a report, it is a fact by now, but it shows that this report was accurate. Microsoft Office is indeed included. Microsoft has been very aggressive with getting Office installed on various non Microsoft tablets and OS’s.

Read up on it

 

 

Google Blog being Moved

Woah, I just moved dozens and dozens and dozens of BlogSpot posts over to my new Riguy WordPress site.  I moved these from my soon-to-retired Blogspot blog, which is/was called exploringwindowsos.blogspot.com. I will soon set up a redirect from there to here.

I used the Import tool [obviously need to be logged in as the WP Admin]. Once the Google credentials are provided, I admit it was much easier than I expected. It did take a little time, however. But it worked so I am absolutely not complaining!