Well, I wasn’t expecting this so soon! But I am pleased to say that I have finally gotten the Lumia Black Update for my AT&T Nokia Lumia 520. If you have a Nokia Lumia 520, did you get the Black Update? Are you using the AT&T version of the phone? I would like to know because on Nokia’s website, it still says that the Lumia 520 on AT&T is “Waiting for Approval”. Continue reading
Microsoft is well known for its series of “future vision” videos that showcases how technology will advance in the future. Microsoft continues this legacy with a new “future vision” video this year. For the first time, however, the video is actually being narrated. All the other videos that were released in the past had no actual speech in them. So without further ado, here’s the video!
Microsoft’s Future Vision: Live, Work, Play
Published on 1 Mar 2013
http://aka.ms/envision – Technology could transform our life at work, on the go, and at home based on extensive research. This is a snapshot of what the future will look like five to ten years from now. In the years ahead, technology will amplify our senses; help us stay connected to the people we care about and transform the way we live, work and play.
Many of us are obsessed with our mobile devices. Leaving a device behind is like quitting an addictive medium. Much can then be said in praise of those individuals who dare to change a device platform, especially those you are addicted to. You may not believe it, but there are rare instances that a user switches from Apple’s beloved iOS platform to another less appreciated platform. Such is the case for this person at Unplggd: http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/smartphones/making-the-switch-the-good-the-bad-amp-the-pretty-160493
The lady is switching from iPhone4 to Windows Phone Mango’s Samsung Focus S. And yes, the switch experience was horrendous. Namely, the user cannot import data from Apple’s platform to WP7 platform. And this is the reason of this rant against Microsoft. Why in holy’s name would you not provide switchers’ services Microsoft? As you may know already, not all users are tech-savvy; it remains a daunting task for average user to move all their investments in another platform to your platform. This is the primary reason why some users will never switch platform. Why not help genuine noobs on your platform to move their data over. You know that is the first thing a user will require; to move their contacts, mails and media.
Now that MS Stores are springing up all over the place, is it not time to provide additional services to users at these stores? Let people bring their devices to the stores where they can be instructed or helped. For those that cannot come to the stores, why not provide remote-access services to link to these users and help them out from a distance? As you know first impression is paramount. It spreads like wildfire. If you want to conquer the heart of the masses, you have to go all the way Microsoft. Such an enthusiasm displayed in that Unpluggd post is vital and should not be allowed to get lost by such mundane thing as data transfer. We know Apple will do its utmost best to lock-in users to their platform; therefore you should do your utmost best move user off of their platform. For every user won over to Windows Phone platform, additional 10 users are guaranteed!
[Update:] You may want to read this TheVerge forum thread if you are thinking of switching from iOS to Windows Phone platform: http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/12/2556158/anyone-here-switch-from-an-iphone-to-wp7
[Written entirely on my Windows 8 Tablet without keyboard or mouse!]
Window Phone has not gained traction in the Market like Microsoft and many of us Windows Phone fans would have loved. Yes, Microsoft rushed Windows Phone to Market we know. They were caught sleeping on turf by iPhone, which raised the bar so high MS had to return to the drawing table, to “re-imagine” Windows Mobile platform. An effort that took them years to complete. With the release of the Windows Phone Mango OS, Microsoft can now confidently say “It is finished!”. Yes Mango is now full-featured and on-par with iPhone and Android; if not better .
So now we are left with the ultimate question, like the song goes: “Now that we’ve found Love, what are we gonna do with it?” How do we sell Windows Phones to the Masses?! I know Microsoft is going to be selling Windows Phone in their own shops, and they’ve got the strength of Nokia sales channel behind them, but is that enough?
We’ve been hearing the rumors of Phone shops refusing to sell Windows Phones to people, even discrediting it in the front of potential buyers, advising them to buy Android or iPhone instead. The mobile vendors are not doing enough themselves to promote the platform. When you go to any of their shops to see one “in action”, you are presented with a dead, or outright dummy phones. That will never sell the platform.
When you are lucky to find a working phone, the Sales rep. on the floor doesn’t have an inkling in what Windows Phone is all about. Most of them are Android or iPhone fanboys who have never used Windows phone before. Windows phones cannot be sold like any other platform. It is not a platform phone that you just pick-up in the shop and start pressing icons to see how it works. No, you have to use Windows Phone to get it, and to love it. Go ask anyone who have been skeptical about the platform; they all changed their opinion AFTER using it.
So, there lies the problem of Windows Phone! It is a people-oriented phone. It is not just a phone, it is an extension of yourself. You are the center of the universe, Windows Phone enables all the planets that revolve around you. Its everything about you! How do you sell something like that in a shop, where a buyer only has maybe 10 to 15 minutes to have a look?
A vanilla Windows Phone that is sitting in the kiosk is a useless phone! Looking at it wont impress till you sign in to Windows Live and connect to Facebook and Twitter and Linked-In and what have you. This is something that happened to me. I only have two words for you to describe my reaction after connecting my Windows Phone for the first time: “It’s Alive!”. That was my exclamation. People I have forgotten started popping up. Nothing beats that first impression. You can’t have such experience in a shop. No potential buyer will dare to enter his/her credentials in a sample unit in a shop. So you see the dilemma. Windows Phone strength is its weakness in a shop for a potential buyer.
Now that Microsoft is going the Metro-route with the same “People-centered” features of Windows 8, I am afraid Microsoft will also face a daunting task of selling Windows 8 to the masses. So I hereby propose a solution. Let every Windows Phone and Windows 8 ship with a fictive Persona account. Just one Universal account that MS will maintain. It will reflect a true identity of a person, with everything that a typical person does online, in business and private lives. It will have to be a feature-complete account. You know, like those fictive companies MS use to demonstrate its platform, i.e. Contoso, Fabrikam etc.
Let Windows 8 and Windows Phones be logged into this account by default in shops. Teach sales reps to know this account by heart. Then a potential buyer will see what these applications and platform is all about. It will show the strength of this platform like the way it will if you’ve been using the phone or PC the whole year. No amount of advert can sell Windows Phone or Windows 8 without its People-centric feature. Then sell the devices with this default account, but give the user the chance to wipe it at first install.
So, there you have it. What do you people think of this idea? Leave a comment behind, or tweet me on @McAkins.
Apple shares fall despite profits amid iPad sale disappointment
19 October 2010 Last updated at 11:21 GMT Help
Apple continues to wow investors with profits that beat expectations in the last quarter. It made $4.3bn in the three months to the end of September and sales of the iPhone rocketed by 91% compared to last year.
[McAkins Online Editorial Comment]
Investors are seeing through Apple’s smoke screen, and yesterday’s tantrums from SteveJ doesn’t help either.
October 18, 2010, 8:34 pm
Jobs Says Apple’s Approach Is Better Than Google’s
By MIGUEL HELFT
On Monday, I wrote an article about the competition between the iPhone from Apple and smartphones running the Android operating system from Google. The article discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of Apple’s vertically integrated and closed approach and Android’s more open strategy. It concluded by quoting experts and analysts saying that while Android, and perhaps other systems, are likely to do well, Apple has little reason to worry.
Apple declined to comment for the article. But on Monday, Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, took time to address the issue during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings conference call. This was unusual, as Mr. Jobs doesn’t typically participate in the company’s earnings calls. But Mr. Jobs said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drop in for Apple’s first $20 billion quarter.
Mr. Jobs stared by pointing out that Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones during the quarter, a 91 percent surge from a year earlier. Apple sold those smartphones at an even faster pace than the overall market for smartphones.
Then he made an impassioned attack on Android and forceful defense of Apple.
Why does the guys have the need to play the “my d@#k is bigger than yours” game when he is frustrated? Just because Android is catching up/surpassing iPhone, now the guy come out again to vent his venom. Why does Steve always has to be a jerk when cornered?
I have always find his response to be infantile under pressure. Just look at Apple’s switcher Ads. If he feels so comfortable as quoted, why does really have to bother about competition? Yes, he is feeling the heat, he sees the PC-war happening all over again in the mobile space, this time around, it is not Microsoft, but Google that is about to dethrone Steve’s pet project: iPhone.
How long do we need to bear with Steve’s IC? (if you know what IC means ;-))
* The Entertainment Pack includes: 1) Xbox LIVE® game ilomilo, 2) 30 days free unlimited music service + 10 free songs to keep through one-month Zune® Pass trial, and 3) 30 days free to download and watch hit TV shows with U-verse® Mobile.
The Entertainment Pack is available (while supplies last) at no charge to consumers who purchase a Windows Phone device from AT&T between October 25, 2010, and December 31, 2010.
What do you call a device that is too big to be phone, but too small to be a pad or tablet? It is called a Padlette, perfect for mobility without sacrificing usability. It is called HD7, my next phone!