The Surface Duo is a phone | ZDNet

Screengrab of Microsoft upcoming Surface Duo “phone” via ZDNet

A blogger that I follow, Jason Ward of Windows Central, has been essentially asking for this type of device for years now, and I have brought attention to it here on my little information speck of the digital universe.

It’s nice to see ZDNet grudgingly come around to that similar conclusion. Granted, this device/phone/tablet/game changer is way out of budget for moi unless the numbers come in from the North Carolina Education Lottery, but my experience with these events is that elements make their way down to most price points over time.

Microsoft has strong reasons for shying away from calling the Surface Duo a phone. But that’s the best way to explain it to customers.

Source: The Surface Duo is a phone | ZDNet

Also, here is another view of the announcement independent from ZDNet and Jason Ward. ⬇

How and why Microsoft should bring a Windows 10X-powered ‘phone’ to market is a certified Warditorial

How and why Microsoft should bring a Windows 10X-powered ‘phone’ to market is a certified Warditorial

Mr. Ward has been consistent in his call for a Windows mobile device for years. It looks like an indirect way of getting there through Android. I expect a migration path to Windows 10 while having choice in devices.


Balls and Strikes from me…

I believe Microsoft is still pursuing its Pocket PC vision with plans to bring a Windows 10X-powered Surface Duo-like device to our pockets in the future. And building developer relationships through Android is key.

In January 2015, I presented an analysis claiming Microsoft would bring an inking focused, telephony-powered pocketable PC to market. I even suggested Microsoft-branded earpieces would be a practical accessory for this device. In 2016 leaks regarding Project Andromeda, a Windows Core OS-powered (or Windows 10X) pocket PC, confirmed this analysis. As information continued to surface, I incorporated those details into my ongoing analysis of Microsoft’s Pocket PC mobile strategy.

Microsoft has sought to converge the power of Windows and the broader Microsoft cloud, apps, hardware, and services ecosystem on a pocketable telephony-enabled mobile device for years. Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 Mobile were all mobile OSes that flirted with Microsoft’s mobile vision but failed to bring the “power” of Windows and the synergy of Microsoft’s ecosystem to a touch-focused mobile experience. Thus, Microsoft designed the modular, lighter and context-conforming Windows 10X, for duo screen PCS like Surface Neo (a versatile tablet) and partner devices from Dell, HP, and Lenovo coming next year. It was even planned to power the now Android-based Surface Duo (a pocketable device), formerly known as Project Andromeda…

Related

Microsoft invited me to its biggest Surface event ever — and it was AWESOME!
Surface Neo and Duo: First Impressions from our hands on

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Microsoft invited Jason Ward to its fall Surface event — and it was AWESOME | a certified Warditorial

Microsoft invited Jason Ward to its fall Surface event — and it was AWESOME | a certified Warditorial

It does help to point out that Mr. Jason Ward has been talking about devices similar to what Microsoft announced this month for many months now. Clearly someone in Redmond was listening as far as this type of hardware is concerned, Jason is the Mary Jo Foley of Surface devices. And that’s a compliment to both, who I follow and listen to.

Last week Microsoft sponsored my wife and me at its biggest Surface event ever, and it was amazing!

On October 2, 2019, Microsoft set the internet ablaze with an event that reflected a refinement and evolution of its successful Surface hardware. The accelerant for this inferno was the addition of bold category-defining devices to the Surface line of first-party products. Microsoft positions these products as reference hardware to guide industry partners as they build Windows, and now with Surface Duo, Android devices.

Surface Pro did this for 2-in-1s, which even now Apple is mimicking. Surface Pro X, Surface Earbuds, Surface Neo, and Surface Duo are meant to encourage OEMs to create current generation products as well as create categories for what Microsoft sees as next-generation computing.

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UPDATE Another perspective on this post from President Brad Smith comes from the “Hometown Digital Newspaper” of Microsoft.

Clarification: The website that I have linked to discusses all of the PNW news, not just Microsoft.

I found another Microsoft focused outlet that not only covered the event (would have loved to get on a plane to Seattle to see it personally, but…) but asked some of the same questions that Jason had for the past months and years since the mobile industry essentially became 2 flavors only. Another view of the Surface Duo can be found here.

Why Surface Go is better for students than iPad (and why it may not be) a certified Warditorial

Microsoft’s 10-inch Surface Go and Apple’s 7.9- and 9.7-inch iPads have students in their crosshairs. Each “mini” device has its advantages. Here’s what you need to know.

Microsoft and Apple bring unique hardware and software strengths to personal computing. Microsoft’s enterprise partnerships, pervasive software presence, and decades-long PC dominance make it synonymous with productivity and personal computing. Apple’s high-end devices, hardware, and software synergy and invaluable “cool factor” make it an industry powerhouse, the standard by which rivals are measured and a consumer and media darling.

In the PC space, Microsoft has crushed Apple’s consumer and business efforts for decades. Conversely, Apple’s iPhone-led charge ultimately resulted in the death of Microsoft’s phone strategy. And the iPad, which dominates the tablet PC market, overshadows Microsoft’s successful Surface 2-in-1, though the two devices exist in distinct product categories.

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Microsoft and Deque make accessibility easy for millions of developers a certified Warditorial

I have to give credit where it’s due. Microsoft has been at the forefront of the a11y movement in the Nadella era. Great for more companies to come along, and thanks for Jason Ward to point this out below. Full disclosure, this blog owner has a disability as well.

There are one billion people, 15-percent of the world’s population, living with some form of disability. People with disabilities comprise the world’s largest minority group. Throughout the ages, disabilities have presented a barrier to an individual’s full participation in the range of opportunities within a society that are often taken for granted by those of us who are not living with a disability.

The altruistic efforts of individuals and groups, the results of activism, the efforts of policy-makers and the empathy of those driven with self-less care of the needs of others has helped to mainstream a range of accommodations that help level the playing field for people with disabilities. Still, there is much work to be done. In this age of technology, much of what we do in life has a digital parallel.

The need for websites, apps and more to be equally accessible to all is just as important as a ramp for those who use a wheelchair, public accommodations for service animals that assist those with blindness or the guarantee of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with special needs. Imagine being unable to complete a purchase online, prevented from participating in social media platforms or being unable to engage in any range of online activity. This is the reality for millions of people living with disabilities because many websites and apps are not fully accessible to them.

As one of the world’s technology leaders Microsoft, under the leadership of Satya Nadella, has embraced inclusive design — building technology from conception to production with all users in mind. This has yielded such products as Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller and Eye Tracking technology that allows users to navigate Windows with their eyes and much more. Microsoft’s commitment to ensuring much of its software efforts are accessible to all would not be possible without the help of Deque, a company that is passionate about accessibility and has enabled Microsoft to do much of what it does to make software accessible. I had a candid discussion with Preety Kumar, the CEO of Deque. We talked about Deque’s mission, its partnership with Microsoft and where the companies are going from here.

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Microsoft’s #InsiderUp isn’t just about being nice — here’s the big picture a certified Warditorial

courtesy of Jason Ward, Windows Central

Looking deeper into Microsoft’s ambitious #InsiderUp program’s goal to make everyone, everywhere a programmer.

 

What you need to know

 

  • Microsoft’s #InsiderUp program is positioned to make everyone a programmer for an increasingly tech-centric world.
  • Due to embedded tech all around us Microsoft’s “Tech Intensity” perspective views all companies as tech companies.
  • Microsoft wants to make all companies part of its ambitious global cloud computing platform.
  • Microsoft’s #InsiderUp is about creating a global human resource to support Microsofts global cloud computing goals.

 

Microsoft’s recently revealed #InsiderUp program utilizes the company’s vast human resource of enthusiastic Insiders combined with a diversity of programs to connect with and train regular people from various walks of life, all over the world, in the art of coding. Microsoft wants to tear down perceived and actual barriers and make everyone (who wants to be) a programmer.

 

Still, Microsoft is a business, with a goal to make its Azure Cloud platform the computing platform for every person and business around the world. Teaching everyone on the planet to code is to ensure individuals that are part of companies that Microsoft is incorporating (or trying to assimilate) into its global cloud platform, will have the necessary skills to fit into Microsoft’s big cloud picture…

 

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Microsoft’s Azure goals ominously echo its past Windows-everywhere strategy | A Certified Warditorial

Shades of “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish” from BITD? Let’s hope not!

 

Microsoft is striving to make its Azure cloud platform the world’s dominant computing platform, but in a multi-cloud world is Microsoft too Azure-centric?

 

Before iOS and Android usurped the PC by way of mobile, Microsoft’s Windows operating system ruled computing. As a once Windows-centric world has now embraced iOS, Android and Chrome, Microsoft has positioned Azure as a Super OS that embraces these other platforms.

 

Microsoft envisions Azure as a cloud platform that will run the world’s cross-platform apps, power tens of billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, stream content like media and games and power intelligent edge devices. As a cloud provider second only to Amazon (AWS), and a company achieving billions of dollars of growth in its cloud business every year, Microsoft seems well on its way to its goal.

 

Still, Microsoft is trying to seduce the world into its Windows-for-everyone-and-everything like Azure-for-everyone-and-everything strategy. Despite Microsoft’s leadership (second to Amazon) position in a multi-cloud world, AWS and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are the preferred cloud services by many. Given this indisputable reality, perhaps Microsoft’s approach to the cloud should be as collaborative as its Windows and other cross-platform efforts have become.

 

 

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