New Surface PCs and (no) USB-C, Andromeda and xCloud, and more on #AskDanWindows 54
Could Microsoft use xCloud and Andromeda together?
Why are Windows Phones still getting OS updates (and do they do anything) and can you use the new Surface Headphones wirelessly with an Xbox? Plus, I discuss the contentious Type-C issue with the new Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 and using xCloud with Andromeda.
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Audience questions Episode 54
- Why did my dead Lumia 950XL just receive an update? - Gabriel I.
- With the recent xCloud announcement, do you see this as a launch alongside Andromeda? - Steven L.
- Will the new Surface Headphones be able to connect wirelessly to the Xbox? - @DarkKnightJavi
- Do you know why Microsoft decided to leave USB Type-C out of the updated Surface models? @DeadWords44
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I wouldn't buy any more devices from them until they show some concrete consumer commitment.
Microsoft is a tepid and above all a software company, and history has shown that. I wouldn't be surprised if they kill the Surface product line in 2019 in spite of its success...
If intel 10nm was a thing I believe we would have got a redesigned Pro 6 and Laptop 2 with a bigger battery in a smaller chassis and Type C with thunderbolt 3.
with a folding screen with a built in cell phone. A hybrid that you can put in your
pants pockets. Microsoft has many old Windows Smart phone fans users
including me who would buy this device. however it may be a niche product that
may not sell in large numbers. I think enough of them will be bought on a world wide
basis for Microsoft to continue selling them. I suggest that Microsoft's software
Engineers enable the Andromeda devices to run Windows 10 mobile's current
smart phone Apps so the Andromeda device has some apps when it debut's
this would also encourage developers to put apps on the Andromeda. It appears
that the Andromeda devices Apps will Windows 10 store Apps and it will run some
win/32 Desktop PC programs in emulation if it uses an ARMS CPU. this is OK
with me but will others like it as well.
There was no reason to spend the money for only 1 year of use out of any new chassis design.
Lots of new stuff coming next year for all the manufacturers that will require (in some cases Radical) new chassis designs; New display tech, TB3 enhancements, new wireless protocols and modems (WiFi 6), 5G support for cellular, and of course, new CPUs and GPUs and memory, storage, and even new ARM devices.
This year was "build up the back-end in Azure". Next year will be "push the consumer hardware to USE the new features in Azure".
MS does not have the hardware engineering, manufacturing ability, or sales numbers in the Surface line to push out 10 radically new devices every year like Dell or HP or Lenovo do. It's disappointing, but that's the way it is.