Interesting video looking at Windows 8 and other new Microsoft solutions with Bill Gates.
Early reviews for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet have been released this evening, giving us a look at the company’s supposed “saving grace.” According to the pundits who got their hands on it early, things aren’t looking too good for Microsoft. Many are complaining about a lack of apps, awkwardness of the Windows 8 RT operating system, and a buggy platform. It sounds like the iPad will remain unchallenged by Microsoft…for now.
Hoping to steal a little thunder from Apple’s expected iPad Mini announcement today, Microsoft announced details of its Xbox SmartGlass app, which extends your entertainment experience across the screens of the TV, tablet, phone, and PC.
Yusuf Mehdi, the chief marketing officer at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Division, said in a blog post that the new app is part of why, as Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer promised, 2012 will be “the most epic year in Microsoft’s history.” On Friday, Microsoft is introducing its Windows 8 operating system and its Surface tablet.
Apple made quite a splash at its annual developers conference. Although iOS 6 looked like just a bugfix to iOS 5, OS X Mountain Lion and the new MacBook Pro with Retina display grabbed all the eyeballs. Let’s look at the Retina MacBook first. Apple has once again been at the forefront of innovation by making a display which has more pixels than an HDTV. This sets new standards for the competition – they have to catch up, the web – websites are now forced to be forced to be optimised for higher resolution displays, softwares – developers now have to make better use of all those pixels. This is a good thing as it will lead to more innovations and ultimately, the consumer enjoys the fruits.
Then, there was OS X Mountain Lion which is the first step in a fusion between OS X and iOS. Apple looks to have done a better job than Microsoft has done with Windows 8 by maintaining familiar interfaces and gradually changing it instead of pulling off a blinder (no doubt Windows 8 is an excellent OS – read our review of the Consumer Preview here). One thing is certain. Mobile is the future. How touchy it will be is the question.
Embedded below is the complete video of the WWDC 2012 Keynote from YouTube.
- WWDC 2012 by the numbers (imore.com)
- What’s Apple Going to Announce Next Week? [Wwdc2012] (gizmodo.com)
Some days ago, Microsoft presented its “Surface” product; a tablet with Windows 8 to fight against Apple’s hegemony. A day after, I started to read that Microsoft had copied Apple’s iPad without remorse. If you get back in time, you can find that Microsoft created the “Tablet” concept in 2001 (although no one cared about it).
Via @grantcroker I bring you this video about copying and the history around stealing creations or ideas…
It’s worth viewing…
FORTUNE — The full keynote in which Microsoft (MSFT) gave its developers “the details they need to know” lasts nearly two hours. But the executive briefing is Joe Belfiore’s 60 minute presentation that starts at the 6 minute mark.
But Belfiore leads with the news that might give Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) pause: Microsoft has abandoned the Windows CE kernel. From now on its smartphones will share a “common core” with Windows 8. That means its three platforms — PC, phone and tablet — will have common networking, security, media and web browser technology, device drivers and file systems.
This is Microsoft playing to its strength: the 1.3 billion people around the world wedded for one reason or another to the Windows desktop operating system.
It’s a smart move. It’s too early to tell if it’s coming too late.
thanks to http://www.fortune.com
FORTUNE — Microsoft (MSFT) currently has a 4.2% share of the worldwide smartphone market and 0% share of the market for tablet computers, but that didn’t stop Gartner from predicting back in April — two months before this week’s big Windows 8 announcements — that Redmond was about to take a significant share of both.
“IT departments will see Windows 8 as the opportunity to deploy tablets on an OS that is familiar to them and with devices offered by many enterprise-class suppliers,” Gartner’s Carolina Milanesi wrote in an April 7 press release. Without having heard about — never mind seen — the Surface tablets, she predicted that Microsoft would grab a 4.1% share of the tablet market before the end of 2012 and an 11.8% share by 2016. That would put Surface in third place after Apple’s (AAPL) iOS and Google’s (GOOG) Android.
For more details:
- Microsoft reveals Surface Windows 8 tablets (guardian.co.uk)
- Microsoft announces Surface tablet (firstpost.com)
- Microsoft Surface: 5 Reasons to Pay Attention to This iPad Challenger (dailyfinance.com)
- Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet computer (bostonherald.com)
Microsoft announced the release of their new tablet, and it will be called Surface. Surface will come in to 2 versions – the Windows RT version and Windows 8 Pro version. This tablet has a keyboard dock with it and will come in colors such as blue, pink, red, black and white.
•Windows 8 Pro
•10.6″ Clear Type HD Display
•microSDXC/USB 3.0/Mini DisplayPort Video/2×2 MIMO antennae
•Touch Cover/Type Cover/Pen with Palm Block
•VaporMg Case & Stand
•64/128 GB Storage
Microsoft has demonstrated an early prototype of a Kinect-powered shopping cart, which is being developed for Whole Foods by Texas-based company Chaotic Moon. The project is called the “Smarter Cart” and it uses a tablet and scanners to read the items you place inside, check whether they’re on your shopping list, cross them off and ring them up.
The motorized cart can follow you around the store and has voice recognition and speech so you can give it instructions and it can let you know if the item you added wasn’t on your list or is the wrong type of item. The “Smarter Cart” has a Windows 8 tablet and uses a UPC scanner and RFID to read the items. All you really need to do is upload a shopping list and place the items in the cart. It will cross them off your list and you won’t have to wait in a long line at the checkout because your items are rung up as you go.
Check out the cart in action in GeekWire‘s video below: