Posts tagged: Microsoft

Betting of the right horse

While The Daily first reported about Microsoft planing to release its Office suite for the iPad back in November 2011, its recent story clearly says that the app will soon be submitted to the App Store for approval. And while Microsoft denied this claim, telling The New York Times that the story “is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation”, it should be obvious that it is not a question of “if”, but “when” Microsoft will release Office for the iPad. Not only is the iPad already just too huge to ignore, but its continued rapid growth clearly threatens at least some of segments of the computer market, that are currently occupied by Windows PCs.
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The problem with a card-based UI

If you’ll read reviews of the the recent HP/Palm smartphones, RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook or the HP TouchPad, it’s very likely that you will find praise for their “card-based” user interfaces, as one of the best features of those products. The card-based UI has been widely referred as one of the most convenient ways to use a touch-screen device and the best way to switch between multiple applications running on the device. With all of this I still think that a card-based UI has serious problems, that are rarely covered, if covered at all.
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How Apple “lost” the platform war

I don’t know if many people have noticed, but when someone writes about Apple and it’s position or future in the mobile market, concerning the so-called “iOS vs Android” platform war, almost every time a very slippery analogy with the 90′s comes up, when Apple “lost the platform war” to Microsoft and many random PC manufacturers. Furthermore, that situation is being used as an example of “open” platforms beating “closed” ones. But, as it often happens, people don’t really know what they are talking about as this analogy is flawed to begin with.
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Sony’s new strategy for portable gaming?

As you may know, a press event titled “PlayStation Meeting 2011″ was held by Sony today in Tokyo. Recent speculations suggested that Sony would either announce a new generation of their portable gaming console called PSP2 or the long rumored (and even massively leaked) gaming smartphone “PlayStation Phone” (which almost certainly will be called Sony Ericsson Xperia Play) or even both. Sony really did announce the new PSP, codenamed the next generation portable (NGP), but it wasn’t not the most important announcement of the event. The single most important announcement of this press event was Sony’s new strategy for portable gaming, which i like to touch in this post.

PlayStation Certified devices - Sony's new strategy for portable gaming?

PlayStation Certified devices - Sony's new strategy for portable gaming?

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