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…
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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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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.
This is a relatively modern twist on the idea of an external monitor to a computer; in this case a Surface, but can also work on a smartphone or tablet. I don’t like the price of this, especially after spending $$$ on a Surface or equivalent. Unless you are rich, this is a solution surfing for a problem; but Mr. Ward has different ideas, so…
WIMAXIT’s 15.6 portable touch monitor adds valuable screen real estate to the “mobile office” of the laptop-wielding road warrior. The convenience of “more screen” does come with some downsides, however.
Long before switching to the Surface Pro 2017 with its 12.3-inch display, I used a 17-inch HP laptop. Though I’ve always missed the extra inches I sacrificed, the portability convenience of the powerful yet compact Surface Pro more-or-less balanced the scales. I use the Surface Pro to run my business Ward Advocacy, LLC and for writing content for Windows Central. I do both on the go or when at a desk, and often need more screen than the Surfaces’ 12.3-inches comfortably provides.
When setting up at home, my Surface Pro is sometimes connected to my 27-inch Dell monitor to provide extra space for multiple Windows, video, and more. When on the go, I’ve been giving WIMAXIT’s 15.6-inch portable touch monitor (sent to me for review) a spin to do the same. The experience has been great and has genuinely improved my workflow. Still, anyone planning to spend $259 on this monitor must weigh the benefits of extra touchscreen real-estate against their personal workflow needs. There are also a few cons inherent to this device to consider as well as genuine concerns related to how packing an extra device may impact one’s mobile needs.
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.
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…
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.
I am a large but not famous Microsoft fan, but where we are in 2019 proves that Scott McNealy from Sun Microsystems was correct BITD. “The Network is the Computer”. This is why Azure and AWS are leaders in the cloud space, with Google, IBM, and Sun successor Oracle lagging behind.
Microsoft’s Azure Cloud talk seems boring and mundane, but it’s actually where all of the action is.
Microsoft’s Azure cloud talk is boring to most phone- and gaming-obsessed tech enthusiasts. For most the cloud is that intangible thing, that does invisible stuff, that we know, like air, is important but isn’t very exciting to talk about, much less read about.
But for a world that every tech enthusiast knows is heading toward an increasingly cloud-dependent future – the cloud is literally where nearly all of the action will be. It’s already happening. Many people assume because of Microsoft’s high-profile failure with phones (and other consumer products) that the company lacks insight. Critics often view Microsoft’s cloud commitment as a narrow enterprise-focused distraction which contributed Windows phones downfall. I agree neglecting Windows phones should not have happened, but investing in the cloud is not a mistake.
Microsoft is wise to build a scalable Azure cloud computing foundation that will touch everything and virtually everyone on the planet. Microsoft’s Azure is targeting enterprise customers and employees, personal productivity for consumers, gaming, mixed reality, IoT for morning coffee, intelligent cars and much more. With a focus on four platforms: Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Gaming, Microsoft is positioning Azure as the world’s computer. If you think Azure doesn’t matter to you – think again.