First up at Mobile World Congress is the launch of TCL’s Blackberry smartphone. TCL is a Chinese manufacturer with headquarters in Hong Kong, and has licensed the Blackberry brand. TCL also markets smartphones under its own name and as Alcatel OneTouch.
The KEYone runs Android 7.1 “Nougat” but with a couple of distinctive features.
…continue reading Blackberry KEYone launches: but we have moved on from keyboard phones
Microsoft has reported its latest financial results, for the quarter ending December 31st 2015.
Here are the latest figures (see end of post for what is in the segments):
Quarter ending December 31st 2015 vs quarter ending December 31st 2014, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business Processes 6690 -132 6460 -528
…continue reading Microsoft’s story continues: Windows down, cloud up in financials Oct-Dec 2015
Microsoft has reported its financials for its fourth quarter. The company made a loss of over three billion dollars ($bn 3.195) but this was because of an eight billion dollar write-down mostly on the phone business – in effect, writing off the value of its Nokia acquisition. It still has plenty of cash in the
…continue reading Microsoft financials April-June 2015: loss from Nokia write-down, comments on future direction
Today Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that 7,800 employees will be removed “primarily in our phone business” and that the company is taking a $7.6 billion “impairment charge … related to assets associated with the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business.”
Time for a quick resume of the company’s troubled mobile efforts since
…continue reading Windows Phone puzzles: strategy, what strategy?
I attended Microsoft’s Build conference last week where there was a big focus on Windows 10. I spent some time with the latest Build 10074 which came out last week as well attending various sessions on developing for the upcoming OS. I also spoke to Corporate VP Joe Belfiore and I recommend this interview on
…continue reading Windows 10: Moving Windows into the mobile and app era take 2, and why Windows 8 is not so bad
Finding time to write everything up is a struggle, so rather than risk not doing so at all, here is a quick-fire reflection on the event.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 was part of it of course; I’ve covered this in a separate post.
I attended MediaTek’s press event. This Taiwan SoC company announced the
…continue reading Mobile World Congress 2015 round-up: MediaTek Helio, Samsung Galaxy S6, Boyd smell sensor, Jolla Sailfish 2.0, Alcatel OneTouch devices, ZTE eye scanning, and Ford’s electric bike
I attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week – with 93,000 attendees and 2,100 exhibitors according to the latest figures.
It was a big event for Microsoft’s new Windows. It started for me on the Saturday before, when Acer unveiled a low-end Windows Phone (write-up on the Reg). Next was Microsoft’s press conference;
…continue reading Windows 10 at Mobile World Congress 2015: a quick reflection
Salesforce has posted a video showing Microsoft Office 365 integration in the forthcoming version of Salesforce 1, its cloud platform and mobile app.
The demo is not in the least elaborate. It shows how a user opens the Salesforce 1 app on an iPhone:
searches for a document on Office 365 and previews in
…continue reading Microsoft and Salesforce: Office 365 integration in Salesforce 1
One thing about Microsoft: it may not be the greatest for usability or convenience, but it does understand enterprise requirements around compliance and protecting corporate data.
At least, I thought it did.
That confidence has been undermined by the release yesterday of new “Outlook” mobile apps for iOS and Android.
I read the cheery blog
…continue reading Microsoft risks enterprise credibility by pushing out insecure mobile Outlook
What happened in 2014? One thing I did not predict is that Samsung lost its momentum. Here are Gartner’s figures for global smartphone sales by vendor, for the third quarter of 2014:
Samsung is still huge, of course. But in 2013, Samsung seemed to be in such control of its premium brand that it
…continue reading So that was 2014: Samsung stumbles, all change for Microsoft, Sony hack, more cloud, more mobile