Here is a must-read for Microsoft watchers. Two days ago a former design lead on the Office on Windows Phone team turned up on Reddit and said I designed the new version of Office for Windows Phone. Ask me anything.
The overall theme is that Microsoft did not get the design of Windows Phone
…continue reading Inside Microsoft: Ex design lead gives perspective on Metro, Office, iOS and Android battles
Windows 10 for phones is now available on preview; I wrote a first-look piece for The Register here. I like it better than I had expected; it is a bit laggy but pretty much stable and with some compelling new features.
The main interest of the preview for me though is the appearance of first-party
…continue reading Universal Apps: a look at Microsoft’s first efforts on Phone and PC
When Microsoft acquired Nokia in April this year, there was always a risk that the Windows Phone platform would lose momentum (yes there was some momentum).
Nokia was better at marketing, better at hardware innovation, and better at the all-important operator relations than Microsoft itself.
I consider the launch of Windows Phone 7 in
…continue reading Windows Phone wobbles: why users are losing heart
At IFA in Berlin, I spoke to Dan Dery, VP and CMO at Alcatel OneTouch, who told me of the company’s plans for Windows Phone OS tablets. Alcatel OneTouch is part of TCL Corporation, a Chinese global electronics company, though for historical reasons (a 2004 joint venture between TCL and the French company Alcatel-Lucent) it
…continue reading Alcatel OneTouch on plans for Windows Phone OS tablets
I could never make sense of Nokia X, the Android-with-Microsoft-services device which Nokia announced less than a year ago at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:
If Nokia X is a worse Android than Android, and a worse Windows Phone than Windows Phone, what is the point of it and why will anyone buy?
…continue reading Farewell Nokia X? Not quite, but the signs are clear as Microsoft bets on Universal Apps
I attended an event in London which was a kind-of UK launch for Windows Phone 8.1. The first Lumia device running 8.1, the Lumia 630, is now on sale, though this was not the main focus. It was more about asking businesses to take another look at Windows Phone (and Windows tablets), following improvements Microsoft
…continue reading Having it both ways: can Microsoft equally back Windows Phone and “Any device”?
…continue reading Hands on with Cordova in Visual Studio
Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia today, a milestone in the turbulent story both of Nokia and of Windows Phone, which Nokia adopted in the hope of establishing a “third ecosystem” to challenge Apple iOS and Google Android.
Rumour has it that the Nokia acquisition was controversial within Microsoft and a large factor in
…continue reading Microsoft completes Nokia acquisition: what now for Windows Phone?
It’s curious. Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has been in place for only a month which means that almost everything announced at Build, Microsoft’s developer conference which took place last week in San Francisco, must have been set before he was appointed; yet there was a sense of “all things new” at the event, as
…continue reading Microsoft Build 2014: what happened
At its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft has announced a new kind of Windows app: a Universal App. In fact, you can download the latest Visual Studio 2013 update (Update 2 RC) and
A Universal App runs on both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1. But what is it really?
…continue reading What is a Universal Windows App?