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Microsoft's transformation isn't just words, we're now seeing the action

Just before Build 2015 began, I had the privilege to sit in on a special presentation by Microsoft's General Manager of Developer Experience, Bryan Biniak. He was speaking to a room full of press from all over the world, gathered for the annual IFA Global Press Conference weekend, this year in the sunny climbs of Malta.

It was a big deal for the event, as they'd never had Microsoft on board as a partner before. But after the presentation, and now after the Build day 1 keynote, the puzzle pieces of Microsoft's ambitious plans are starting to fit together.

Bryan Biniak

I'll admit, it's very easy to hear the talk and mark it down as an elaborate marketing strategy. But there were a couple of key quotes in last weeks presentation that make more sense than ever before after the Build keynote.

"If it touches a consumer, a business, we want to be there""A key thing since Satya Nadella came on (as CEO) is building bridges, opening up Microsoft software and services to everyone."

And that's exactly where we're going. On a consumer level, Windows 10 will be on everything we use to work and play. Which other company can boast the same software running on a mobile device as on a games console? The Universal App Platform, carrier billing, unified store. Everything, everywhere. A truly unparalleled experience.

For developers though, the bridge building is going far and wide. Microsoft is openly welcoming Android, iOS and web developers to Windows 10. 'Empowering' each of them to leverage their already completed hard work and open up a new userbase and revenue stream where once they may have stayed away. New tools for developers using Mac OS X and Linux, too. Areas once out of reach brought to Windows 10.

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code (Image credit: Windows Central)

The app gap is one of the Windows followers favorite topics to talk/complain about. It affects us all. Personally speaking, Pocket Casts closed my own app gap a little further this week, and the developers support for the platform is welcomed. No-one likes not being able to use the things their friends all talk about, or moving from another mobile platform to find their favorite apps just aren't represented. It sucks. Microsoft knows this.

But one thing that can no longer be intimated, is that Microsoft is lazy. Microsoft should be doing more to get xxx service (insert Snapchat where appropriate) onto Windows and Windows Phone. With the new developer tools announced at Build, Microsoft is doing about everything it possibly can to get things rolling. Whether it works, maybe we'll consider that more in 12-18 months from now.

So, empowering. Consumers, developers, creators, Windows 10 looks to have something for all of us. Microsoft is ever changing its business model, with one of the biggest the offering of Windows 10 as a free upgrade for the first year. It's opening up new revenue streams to become less reliant on the likes of Windows to make its money.

And we're all going to benefit. How much? That's still the $64,000 question.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Would like to know the $64,000 answer.
    Satya is surely going the right way.
  • They have open the fair for the vendors, those who ignore the crowd either they are stupid or they have personal vendettas against MS
  • Exactly what I've been saying, else they are getting some sort of compensation for not developing for MS.
  • Agree
  • Nah, MS is just a lumbering elephant while devs have long since jack rabbited past it. MS is still rebooting and hitting reset buttons. Nobody wants to sign on until they pick something and dedicate to it.
  • What are you? Living in 2005 still?  
  • Yep. Microsoft has struck the right chords with this. Hope it all comes together soon.
  • Why $64.000?
  • Yeah, why not 64.001$??
  • $64.0002!
  • What is this, JavaScript?
  • Seriously?!?!?  It's an old game show...
  • Yeah, I got that right away. These young kids, though... smh
  • Seriously. $69,000 or go home.
  • Exciting times ahead! Great time to be a Microsoft fan!
  • Funny thing is the article says that Ms isn't just hyping some shit, marketing is not MS's forte...
  • Totally agree. It certainly goes for Microsoft here in the Netherlands. Marketing is certainly not a prio over here...
  • I'm from Malta! :D
  • Really great going with Mr. Satya. Hope to see a more good things in the future.
  • I guarantee you, Snapchat still wont publish the app. Bastards....
  • What about Family Guy too?
  • Why?
  • Snapchat's CEO is a douchebag, that's why
  • If douchbags like him are still unwilling to port apps, the next step would be to allow sideloading apps. Let a third party developer like Rudy Huyn make an app. Snapchat will ask for it to be removed. You comply, but the installation file will be widely available to download and sideload. It will reduce security, but it might be MS only solution to ahole developers who refuse to support MS products even though MS bends over backwards trying to help them build the app, even offering to pay for development.
  • That's not the way the new Microsoft does business. That's more the way Google operates. Microsoft wants everyone to get along, and won't step on anyone's toes. As far as those that refuse to make apps available, there will come a day that if they don't, they will be left out in the cold. I give it 5 years and Microsoft will have at least 30% of the market that Android currently has, if not more.
  • If you hate snapchat so much, just move to another messaginng service. I don't understand the continuous battering of this company. Sure, they suck, but we have other options.
  • It's kind of a skeevy app anyway.   
  • I wonder why everyone keeps crapping about Snapchat??? OK, it was fun when I had it on Android but really aren't missing it on my Lumia 930... If they don't develop it for Windows Phone : their loss.  
  • Don't know why but I strongly feel that this is going to be their last try for windows phone...because they are literally trying everything to make WP more 'existing'...and if this strategy doesn't work then I guess they will give up on WP ( that's what I feel)
  • Yep they are not holding anything back. But it's a fairly long game say 12-18 months. Let's see if we can get up to 20% or more IOS apps ported during that time frame, then we know for sure this is working!
  • You're still missing the point of 10... It's not the device, it's the OS.
  • I have to agree. The only thing that MS can do to make it easier for developers is to build apps themselves and submit it to the developers. Oh wait..
  • They have a lot of apps and more than a enough. They don't have the phones for the US market to take off. No refresh of the 1520 or 1020 either or both would have been ideal. They already establish there is a market for a wp but to build a device with such low specs at almost they same cost you can buy an older Galaxy or HTC, etc and have a more powerful phone is what's hurting.
  • If you can't beat em... Join em. This strategy, if it works, will could make the Windows Store crazy huge in a short time. This is exciting.
  • I'm excited and optimistic and pleased with the overwhelming majority of what I'm seeing and hearing... ...this isn't going to be overnight, though. So let's all just wait and see before anybody says "we're saved"...or..." we're doomed" (the latter laughable conclusion leap seems to be one these comments threads is plagued with, though). I will say that this makes me glad I don't get to upgrade my phone til Jul 2016. It gives MS plenty of time to let this all come into bloom. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • My Nokia 928 goes of contract from Verizon in May.  My wife and Son's iPhone 5s went off contract in February.  Neither one has thought to upgrade.  I dont need to upgrade.  Both phones wrok great.  However, my phone is the only one that will work outside of the US.  I suspect once Windows 10 is released, I will update my phone and see how it works.  My only complaint is the flash stopped working several months after I bought it and I never did anything about it until after the one year warrantee expired. I ordered the Surface 3 yesterday from Costco ($750 tax included with a pen and type cover - 4 GB with 128 GB SSD).  I also loaded my quickbooks file to Sharepoint today.  NOw I can seamlessly run my accounting from any device with quickbooks.  Just think if Quickbooks will port the app to Windows 10 and allow a windows phone compatable app to allow me to be even more mobile? Micorsoft is doing all the things I need to do to make my life very easy.
  • great article :)
  • No, they haven't gone far enough on the development side.  What they should do is turn Visual Studio into a universal development platform to compete with Eclipse. VS is great for developing MS projects, and now converting existing iOS and Android apps.  But where VS should be focused is creating a truely universal development studio. Example: I want to develop a mobile app.  I want to write it once - in whatever language I prefer (rather know) and then be able to compile it for every platform. In the old days, MSDN and Visual Studio helped MS win the PC war. It was far easier and cheaper to develop for the PC than it was for the Mac.  The Visual Studio team really should be thinking about how they can build a better Eclipse - they have the foundation, it just needs the breath. You win the war by getting the iOS developer to choose Visual Studio to develop his app, rather than anything else.  
  • Right, but doesn't Apple stipulate that iOS apps are made in Obj C or Swift and using OS X development tools? Correct me if I'm wrong, but Apple wants its devs using its hardware only.
  • They did announce Visual Studio Code, a code optimized editor also available on OSX and Linux.  It's like Visual Studio's baby brother. It's, free, has great intellisense, git integration, debugging, etc.  If I recall, it was pitched as a great tool for all sorts of projects.  LOL, its right in a photo of the event in the article.
  • What it allows you to do is take your iOS App and Android app and convert it to a Windows App.  It won't help you develop both ways. My point is that MS is only making it easy for developers who write iOS and Android to convert to MS - but why not the other way around? How about giving the ability of someone writting a Windows Phone app to turn around and compile it for iOS and Android? This is a losing strategy because someone will always have to write their app for the other platforms first, then convert it to MS.  Sure, that will help people convert existing apps to MS - but in the end it still says build there first, then come here.  The winning strategy would be come here and publish everywhere. If MS can convert one way, they should be able to conver the other.  
  • ... no, Visual Studio code is a smart editor, not a tool for converting apps to Windows ... By the way, have you seen how Microsoft has integrated the Android emulators and iOS remote debugging into Visual Studio? And integrating Cordova and Xamarin into the IDE to do exactly what you're saying they're not doing?
  • It makes sense what you're saying, but perhaps this is just step 1.  We don't know what else they're working on or planning to work on behind those magic doors.  
  • And this. A truly universal app would be else!
  • You'll have this whenever Apple decides to open up there. :P
    I do agree they need one for Linux but a lot of developers dev on Windows but just connect to Unix boxes.
  • Exciting times, and thanks for all the build articles. Not sure I have been so pleased at a conference article stream. Read nearly every article, and 95% of the news just blew me away. Any chance you guys will do a video run down of all the new items?
  • Everyone loves Satya again lol. People were blaming on him for everything.
  • That tells you a lot about the commenters...
  • I think its a great strategy and I know that this is great thing for games like Clash Of Clans the developer can bring it to Lumia and Windows. I find Lumia sound better than windows phone. But developers like WB and ea may bring their games like injustice , mortal combat and WWE to both Lumia and windows.. And I is really possible.. I am very happy with the objective c (iOS apps) and android apps support not really but it can save windows phone.
  • It's not a great strategy long term.  Sure, it will help people convert apps to MS platform, but only after they are written for iOS or Android. That will help them play catch-up, but ultimately it will force developers to build for iOS and Android first, then convert - as you can't go the other way. Strategically speaking, this reinfoces MS in the 3rd position. A better strategy would be to develop a truely wite once and publish everywhere - not only to Win10, but to iOS and Android as well. Only then will the tables turn in MS favor.  Developers would come to Visual Studio to build and publish their apps - this puts MS in front, not the back.
  • Check out Xamarin, it does exactly what you're saying, uses C#, works with Visual Studio, and is heavily promoted by Microsoft. Code an app in C# and build it for Windows, Android and iOS.
  • Not a word about phones in any of the keynotes. Was hoping for a 'one more thing' with Elop coming to stage with hints of a future.
  • Developer conference. Phones will come at phone type events.
  • HoloLens thingy got lots of attention and don't think it will be generally available any time soon.
  • Right... Because HoloLens is new tech and needs developers to start from square 1. Phones have been confirmed. They'll be announced when they're ready.
  • I think Hololens will probably be released sometime early next year. If they can get Christmas of this year, that would be profound but I highly doubt it. Definitely next year though.
  • They showed off some of the Windows 10 phone OS, but don't expect to see specifics on hardware until closer to launch, so summer time.
  • It seemed there were some hints in the continuum discussion.  There will presumably need to be top-end phones to run that feature.
  • That's true. They did hint that something's coming. Forgot that :)
  • By doing this, though MS has made developers powerful, it has also made them a bit more accountable. Accountable in the sense that now they, seeing how easy it will be to port code from other platforms, will have to provide an answer to their non-existence on one platform and that's great.
  • Developers will have to provide an answer?  To whom, you? Users here? Wow, that's really arrogant.  How about, I don't know, free will?
  • what about their users/customers? Even their potential customers, not good to be rude to them and refuse what is now an even more reasonable accomodation.
  • You truly do not understand what I mean.
    I mean that they will have to comment now about them not being on a platform.
    It's not a government kind of answer. Stop being the all knowing guy, will you? -_-
  • Actually, what MS has done is to put them further behind. Yes, it will allow developers to convert apps to Win10 easily, but the workflow does not change. It will still be more efficient for a developer to build for iOS and Android first and then port it to Windows because that step is so easy.  No one is going to develop for MS first, then completely rewrite their code for iOS and Android - that is too much work. MS is still in 3rd with this strategy. A winning strategy is to woo back all the development community to Windows.  To do that, Visual Studio needs to take the next step and be able to convert MS apps over to iOS and Android. That flips the paradigm.  Now a developer will come to Visual Studio and build it for Win 10, iOS and Android all at the same time.  
  • That is something that Microsoft has been working on. Xamarin was a start, but Microsoft is working on making it easier, more efficient, and more productive.  The main problem with your strategy is that people would have to WANT to code for Windows first. Right now, they don't. They don't see the profit in Windows. They see profit in iOS and Android. Microsoft's strategy is simple here: Get the apps ported, close the app gap, and users will abandon Android for Windows because of the better experience. Not all users, but quite enough to make developers want to start coding for Windows first. According to recent surveys, 40% of Android users would switch but don't because of the app gap. Only 47% of Android users are satisfied with their device, while closer to 90% of WP users are satisfied with the device. Many Android users want a 3rd option. They just haven't seen a 3rd option they see as viable. If Windows 10 helps to close the app gap, then it will be viable and people will come.
  • When I bought a Windows 7 phone instead of an iPhone in 2010, it was my hope that MS would put together an integrated ecosystem like this.  I didn't think it would take so long, but it seems that MS is now on the brink.  The next step is to see how it works and evaluate its success or failure.   The vision looks pretty good at this point.  It will be an interesting next year for sure.
  • The thing is: they had this unified ecosystem through Silverlight. They just choose to reinvent the wheel again and again. In fact, most VS features shown this year were requested by devs since 2010. It was the Win team prohibiting most of this. Satya Nadella indeed changed a lot... Question is, will the dev world forgive MS?
  • Silverlight is great, but it is MS only.  Sure, if MS didn't take 3-years to go from Win 6.5 devices (back when they owned the smartphone market) to Win 7 (birth of iPhone + several revisions, birth of Android), they may have been able to get away with it, but not any more. Now they have to play catch-up and HTML5 is what everyone else choose as their future. Silverlight lost that war because Steveo was enamored with the way Apple did things.  Yes, they had 96% of the PC market, but Steveo wanted that last 4% and the way he was going to do it was to do things the Apple way. Closed systems, proprietary tech and lock everyone else out. Win 8.0 was the ultimate defination of that moment, "You will now work this way!" Low and behold, as MS moved to the Apple that left Google to do it the old MS way. Hey we are open, here are a bunch of tools, build what you want out of them. I'm glad to see that MS is moving back to their roots, but they still have a lot of ground to make up.
  • For all of Apple's insatiable arrogance, the idea of using software that isn't bastardize to appeal to the lowest common denominator, like Windows 10, is making them really appealing right now. The relationship between me and Apple products is still similar to holy water and infidels. But I'm coming around to the idea of buying from a company that's not everyone's bitch.
  • So now you want to be the bitch. That doesn't help you...
  • Yes, well, Win 10 is a move in the right direction.  Win 8 wanted you to be its bitch.  It was a move to force people to a touch paradigm before the world was ready for it. Win 8 should have been the blend - a mixture of the old and new, a stepping stone. Sure do it the old way, but here is some cool new stuff you can do. Steveo wanted everyone to be his bitch - that is his nature.  He won the war, got 96% of the PC market, but damn it, he wanted that last 4% and he was going to do it by adopting the loosing strategy. Today, MS has to make up for years of lost ground. As it moved over to doing things the Apple way, Google took over the everyman's OS position. MS won't win the war by convincing Apple people that it is better, it will win the war by convincing Google people that it is better. Apple people like being told what to do and how to do it.  They like being givin one way to do things - life is simplest that way.
  • "Apple people like being told what to do and how to do it.  They like being givin one way to do things - life is simplest that way." I get sick of people who say crap like this. You have probrably never owned and use a Mac and iPhone and have NO idea what you are talking about.  You act like because someone choses Mac OSX and iPhone, they must be stupid and a sheep that can't think for themselves. Which just makes you come off as the 13 year old fanboy.  I have an iMac, iPhone 6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Nokia 1520. I have bootcamped Windows 8.1 on half of my hard drive and use both OSX and Windows. I never "left" windows when I got my mac, used bootcamp since day one of having a mac.  Apple owners have more than one way to do things. Obviously since you don't use their products, you don't get that, it's just something you read on the inter-webs and since it's on the inter-webs It must be true, right? OSX and iOS have Native support for Mail, contacts, calendar, reminders, photos, and wireless syncing amongst ALL of its services. Something MS has never done. and every time the have attemped to do anyting like that, it has been a complete Cluck F***.  Let me give you an example. I have an email. I have MS office 365 installed on OSX and WIndows 8.1 Office 365 gives me the entire MS suite including MS' horrible answer to mail, contacts and calender - Outlook.  I set out Outlook ( the program from office ) using an email address. Both MS products.  I can add a contact to my contacts and it WILL NOT go to contacts in Outlook in office no matter what.  I litterally have to Re-add the contact to Outlook. And that goes Both ways. I can add a contact to Outlook and it will not show up on my contacts list.  MS calendar on Windows 8.1 (and on Outlook) is absolutely the worst calendar I have ever used. With OSX. You simply drag on drop a box from start time to finish time, label it, and hit enter.  From there, it will go to ANY calendar I want simply by chosing a default or by ssigning it to that particular calendar before hitting enter.  And then it goes to ALL of my devices no matter what OS they run.  MS and WIndows wish they had something 1/10th as good. The one thing MS can't do, is make things fluid and flow together. Everything they touch comes out like Frankenstein where the completed item might resemble something whole, but in the end is a whole bunch of parts that didn't come from the same place, and don't fit right, or work right.  People buy Macs and iPhones because they are tired of trying to find pieces from 3rd parties since they can't rely on their OS to just work ( like osx) and just DO what they want. EASILY. Just because something is easy doesn't make it simple minded.  Simple minded is thinking that you can only do things ONE way on iOS and OSX.   
  • 12-18 months is sooooo long
  • Keep calm and believe in Microsoft.
  • I felt it in my gut when Satya came in things were going to change alot and in great ways.  I just get good vibes from the guy. More than ever before I want to be involved with everything they are doing in Redmond. I just hope that they can shake off their old Microsoft stigma that seems to always be holding them back. Just look at at the Zune.  It was way ahead of the times with being able to pay $10/mo for all the music your ears could listen to and everyone seemed to think it was lame.  But what does everyone do now? They pay Spotify $10/mo to listen to all the music they want.  No one wants to admin that Microsoft has great stuff because they arent "cool" like Apple or as popular than Google. Everyone at work always gives me crap because I use Bing.  Until I show them all the powerful things it can do. How inttutive it really is! And a little off topic I'd much rather see some of the coolest images from around the world and actually learn about them than seeing some silly Google Doodle every day. Everyone wants to say that the MS stores are just generic Apple store knock offs.  Apple may have come up with that style of store but Microsoft took it to the next level with bright splashes of color and wall to wall TV's with Xbox's connected to them. (at least in St. Louis) They may not be the hip, cool, and overpriced apple but they are commited to making the way people do things better. As a bit of a fanboy I thnk they are the coolest for doing so. As an IT Professional I am glad they are working to make all our work lives better. Kudos to them for that!
  • Can't wait to hear Snapshot's ego-that-walks-like-a-CEO try to justify ignoring a billion-plus install base as the reason for not making SnapCrap a Universal Windows App. Should be amusing
  • It's very easy: Windows Phone only has 3% marketshare in mobile and laptop/desktop users can use their internet browser. There's already a billion+ Windows users out there -- laptop/desktop users -- running 16 million Win32 programs. Win32 drawfs every other ecosystem by an order of magnitude yet MSFT threw that all in the trash with the idiotic WinRT API/framework, presumably in an attempt to get a 30% cut of sales. It didn't work and won't work.
  • Windows Universal apps can run on all Windows 10 installs. iOS apps can be converted directly into Windows Universal apps. This is after he already turned down the free code offer of 6snap. The CEO is a dick and will have to actually port their app or explain to the investers and advertisors why he refuses to make a Windows app.
  • NOTHING about WINDOWS sucks.
    There are alot of sucky apps out there that are useless or not even worth the money they try and charge you. The only things I've been waiting for to become available from Lumia available to my carrier T-Mobile is: NFC and a front camera , and by that time Windows 10 flagship Lumia will be on deck along with a ton of Apps and features. So for all of you App tricks switching as you walk away , you'll be coming back on YOUR KNEES sucking up to the BIG WINDOWS 10
  • Oh another turning point for microsoft article!    
  • I think it all seems up to: well, let's see how this plan turns out. We'll probably know the answer by this time next year.
  • Microsoft rules the world
  • Considering everything they're doing for FOSS OSs, yeah MS will have their hand in everything.
  • I'll even cut MS some slack until next year... They're doing a pretty good job... But, there's still much work to be done... No time for rest on their part...
  • It's a bold plan, but there's still more questions than answers, about how this all shakes out. Nadella is basically betting the house silver (Windows).  It could turn out stupendously.  Or it could be a company-wrecking-disaster.  I don't think there'll be a middle ground.
  • I think you're right.... As much has been invested there's definitely no breaking even.
  • Sunny climbs.. Hahahaha. I lolled.
  • "So, empowering. Consumers, developers, creators, Windows 10 looks to have something for all of us. Microsoft is ever changing its business model, with one of the biggest the offering of Windows 10 as a free upgrade for the first year. It's opening up new revenue streams to become less reliant on the likes of Windows to make its money". Less reliant on Windows?? Microsoft is relying more and more on Windows to open up new revenue streams. Windows has been enhanced through Windows 10 across devices, technologies (from rivals like Oracle, VM Ware etc), OS, appllications and so on.
  • Reliant on it as a platform perhaps. But not as its primary source of income. After it away isn't adding any numbers to the balance sheet.
  • Yes but its also cutting the support costs for maintaining Windows 7 & 8 installs. And of course it gets everyone onto the new plateform and standards like DirectX 12.
  • I have been a Windows Phone user for the last 2 years (I have a Lumia 820) but for the last 6 months I've been toying with the idea of jumping ship and going with either IOS or Android purely for the lack of 3rd party support that Windows Phone has. I was almost convinced that Windows Phone was on the verge of dying and being scrapped. Yesterday's Build Keynote changed my mind. After a year of releases of budget level Lumias I was tired and frustrated of waiting for a flagship level release. But then it all started to make sense. Microsoft have a plan. Flood the market with entry level budget phones, get people using those phones and gettinjg familiar with the OS and then when Windows 10 is released, release top spec devices that will encourage the users of those cheaper handsets to upgrade. Microsoft almost seems to be the Marvel Studios of the tech world at the moment; much like the first Iron Man was just the start of building the now massively popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, Microsoft seem to have been doing the same over the last year without us really knowing it: Flooding the market with devices to get Windows Phone out there and then BOOM! release Windows 10 which is universal on all devices encouraging users to adopt more Windows devices. If the onslaught of budget devices over the past few years was Microsoft's 'Iron Man', yesterday's keynote was 'The Avengers' :-) 
  • I'm glad you get it now. I would like to say that Microsoft said this was their strategy and have been forthright about it for 12-18 months. They may not be the best marketing company, but they are pretty upfront on what they plan on doing.
  • Just one problem.  Microsoft sold 8 plus million Lumias last quarter.  Apple sold 61 million phones.  Microsft sold 700,000 Surface devices last quarter and Apple sold 12 million iPads.  Windows Phone has a long way to go before anyone talks about flooding the market.  Microsoft said they had to improve their cost structure in phones (read "we have to open a plant in India to avoid the exorbinate import taxes to compete in India"). Microsft is still writing the script.  They start filming soon.  We wont get to watch the first movie until next year.  But I like the script and Intel is on the same page.
  • This will definitely root out the developers that have a bias, or an agenda against Microsoft. As far as I'm concerned they didn't have a legitimate excuse before, with this the really don't.
  • i am optmistic that microsoft will get some new developers to make good apps for Windows 10 smart phones and tablets but if Microsoft a year from now does not get as many developers as they had hoped to get to make apps for Windows touch screen devices then Microsoft should hire a group of programmers to make apps for it's Windows Tablet and smart phones. Microsoft has a lot of talented Programmers and partners who can make great apps for Windows touch screen devices. MS might have to build it's own apps eco system.
  • I have been working through an issue over the last few months.  How do I reduce the weight of my laptop and still be able to maintain my utility.  With the release fo the Surface 3, and the movement of my quickbooks file to Sharepoint through my 365 Office subscription, I can keep my laptop, much easier to enter accounting data and type letters etc... and also take my Surface on trips and to meetings to take better notes and manage my accounting issues if anything pops up unexpected.  Her is the question.  Will Quickbooks move their software to Windows 10?  Will this allow them to produce a windows phone app that lets me work with vendors and customers more easily out in the field?  Seems this is how Microsoft extends the enterprise more efficiently into mobile and by extension extend x86 WinTel into consumer mobile.
  • I'll come back to Windows Phone if the following apps show up on it;  My Disney Experience, Insteon with push notifications, and Rocket Player for music.  My Disney Experience I need cause we go to Disney every year.  Insteon stopped text messaging with their apps and support push notification on Android and iOS but not on Windows Phone.  And Rocket Player is the best music app I have ever used and I want it on Windows Phone.  Tired of freakin Xbox Music for playing my own music library.
  • Climbs of Malta? Really. Dude...your an least use spell check. You look stupid misspelling climes.
  • *music*
    64000 rupees ke liye aap ka sawal ye raha!
  • Here is the the Microsoft problem. Microsoft must build the phones. How can developers build a software product without hardware product. That is why a refresh of at least the 1520 this past buying season was critical with a new OS in the making. It would not break the bank to refresh the hardware for at least this model and too really have made a push at developers for those who signed up either a free phone promotion or a steep discount. Going after Android and IOS when you have the capability to Universal apps a refreshing I believe is a bit fruitless. The low spec phones that came out could barely do new upgrades with such limited capacity or get one of the OEMs that have agreement in place to build a special phone for the developers. Both workman and craftman need tools for the trade.
  • OneWindows or OneOS (Windows 10), OneNote, OneDrive, OneCloud (Azure), OneSDK, OneStore, for all clients, developers, users, businesses, enterprises and technologies. Microsoft is The One and no developer will be able to ignore Microsoft anymore, if they have a sense of what is good for them. With the new developers tools and a userbase which is bigger than that of Apple and Google together, no developer can ignore Microsoft anymore. One app can be ported to all Windows devices (Universal apps), Microsoft platforms (Office, Windows, Hololens, WP and Azure) and across platforms (Windows, IOS or Android). Any developer who does not see the potential is the biggest fool ever. A new era has begun and in the centre of it all, Microsoft stands tall. Apple and Google are facing the risk of becomming redundant or obsolete, because Microsoft will encompass all that Apple and Google are (together) and is going beyond that. With more than 2 billion users of Microsoft/Windows devices (of which 1.77 billion are Windows PC users alone), Microsoft's userbase is bigger than that of Google and Apple combined. With the new possibilities presented at Build, the Microsoft World has expanded to all developers world wide, all companies (SAP, VM Ware, Sales Force, Oracle etc) and all technologies/software. This wil enhance Microsoft's products and services to new levels (for example new/third party applications in Office or Outlook). This is really great, while Hololense is truly truly phenomenal.   
  • I'm still waiting for something new in the Windows Mobile world. I'm getting quite impatient waiting for a new phone to replace my now aging Nokia 1020. Sure I could buy the 930 but I won't be getting anything that significant and will loose my awesome camera. I see new Android phones popup almost weekly that absolutly blow away anything currently available on the Windows Mobile and it's becoming disconcerting. I think I will just move on, buy either a BlackBerry Passport or Huawei P8 Ultra and just revisit what Microsoft has to offer in two years.  I also just bought the new Surface 3 but unfortunately returned it for the second time, first time was to exchange it for the 4GB model. I thought the extra 2GB would speed it up just a little more but no luck. The Atom CPU in any form just isn't any good for Windows 8.1 or especially 10. I just wish Microsoft would have gone with the M, not as powerful as say an i3 but still allot better than the anemic performing Atom. Though I would hve gladly sacrificed performance for the battery life but unfortunately the Surface 3 just got horrendous battery times as well. I was getting a little over 3 hours and that was even with brightness set to 50%. I only use web and Metro apps now, in which 80% of the time I'm on using Word and Excel with Spotlite running in the background. 3 hours just isn't enough and I would also really like to know how Microsoft managed to get 8 hours with theirs. Microsoft might be going in the right direction software wise but their hardware still leaves a lot to desire. I'm sure the Surface Pro 3 would have been the better option for me but for the price I'd rather have a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 12.5, which is what I finially settled on. By far the best notebook I have ever owned next to my Lenovo X1. As far as a pure Windows Tablet is concerned, I'll wait until I can get one with a Intel M, is 10" or under and costs the same as the Surface 3. I really like the Asus Chi T100, thinnest tablet I have ever seen but it's 2GB of RAM and Atom CPU is a turnoff and the T300 model is to big me. I just don't understand the appeal for tablets over 10" and 8mm thick. I have a Nexus 9 with keyboard case running Office for Android anyway, so my tablet needs are filled at the moment. The Nexus 9 by the way is a fantastic tablet, especially when paired with it's keyboard.