Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Microsoft's Continuum...Very Disruptive



 Simply put..Microsoft's Continuum turns Windows 10 phones into desktops.

Could a Windows 10 phone be the "mobile Chromebook"? One device that connects to the Cloud and delivers content to any display. Could those Chromebooks and other "dumb clients' get even dumber?

Using a Win 10 phone your iPad, laptop, PC, TV becomes just a display.







In contrast to Apple’s “Continuity,” which aims to make moving between phone, tablet and desktop seamless, Microsoft’s Continuum instead has the phone you’re using adapt its interface depending on the context you’re using it.


Dubbed Continuum for Phones, it’s designed to take advantage of new universal apps that run across Windows 10 on phones, PCs, tablets, and the Xbox One. If you’re running a mobile version of Excel on your phone it will magically resize and transform into a keyboard- and mouse-friendly version for use on a bigger screen. It feels like the future.

In an on-stage demo, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore connected a phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and instantly the UI he was using adapted to the new inputs and outputs. While the operating system interface we saw on screen didn’t look exactly like Windows 10 on a laptop or desktop computer, the applications shown (especially PowerPoint) did. Instead of making minor adjustments to a presentation using a 5-inch screen, you can simply connect to an HDMI-compatible monitor and have all the space and tools you would on a full PC.
 
 the feature really shines when apps have been built to scale across form factors,(source)

lets Windows 10 devices use a single device for mobile, tablet, and desktop interfaces. For example, a Windows 10 Phone can be converted into a full-sized desktop after being plugged into a larger screen. In the near future, consumers might only need a single all-in-one mobile device instead of a phone, tablet, notebook, and desktop

Ideally, all those users would be tethered to Microsoft's cloud-based productivity apps like Office 365 and OneDrive, while user data would be synced to Azure, its growing cloud computing platform. (source)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Microsoft's Nadella..One Smart Fella





Last October Business Insider said Nadella and Azure could be a serious threat to Google and Amazon.

What he is doing is changing the perception of Microsoft from Windows to Azure and that should concern both Google and Amazon.

Realizing that Microsoft's revenue will shifting dramatically from selling the razor (hardware/Windows OS) to selling/renting blades (Azure), Satya Nadella realizes that the easiest way to keep existing customers and get new ones, is to give away the latest version of Windows 10...a free retrofit.

In the cloud world, companies only pay (Rent) for the actual resources they use, like minutes of computing time, bytes of storage, usage of add-on apps and services, and so on.

Customers love this and are ditching traditional software and computers at a rapid rate so they can rent their tech via cloud computing.

 So when you already have millions of devices running one form of your operating system in the market, why make these users pay for a new device. I guess that would be a lot cheaper and easier to get market penetration than selling Chromebooks at cost.

Google can continue creating the lowest cost Chromebook possible to try to get adoption (at least in the schools). Microsoft, with the help of Sphere 3D's Glassware 2.0 proprietary container technology, can just turn those low cost razors back into Windows 10 devices (blades) and take away Google's recurring revenue by offering Windows applications.

Back to the Cloud Conference.

Microsoft Corp. expects a billion people to be using its Windows 10 operating system in the software’s first two to three years.

The big picture is NOT selling new devices with Windows 10 on them, it is converting EXISTING devices to Windows 10.


What about those Windows XP users (and all of their legacy apps) that will soon be off support?

Not a problem. Microsoft will provide organizations with the tools to make cloud migration of Windows based end-user computing applications from physical infrastructure to Azure simple and rapid using Sphere 3D's Glassware 2.0.

Glassware 2.0 utilizes proprietary technology to achieve application virtualization without the requirement to virtualize the desktop.

Microsoft released a bunch of a free software development tools that make it easy for programmers to take their existing Android, iOS, Linux and Web apps and turn them into Windows 10 apps.

William Ziebell, founder of Big Wood Software who is working on a private social network app being built on Microsoft's cloud Azure, is excited that Microsoft is bringing Macs and Linux into its development fold.

He called this "huge, da bomb. Cross platform support is the Holy Grail," he told us. (source)

 Who has a bigger Cloud service?

Now here's why Amazon should be concerned.

Yesterday Microsoft announced  Azure SQL Data Warehouse and previewed Data Lake.

The new Azure SQL Data Warehouse will be able to store companies’ valuable relational data in the cloud, while unstructured data can go in the new Azure Data Lake for the purpose of doing big-data analytics.
 
Microsoft calls this new feature “elastic databases.”

 Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group said "we believe it's the first elastic cloud data warehouse that's able to grow and shrink dynamically".

The new service would be a good match for applications with many sources sending in little bits of data all at once — like analytics for the use of sensor-laden Internet-connected devices, for example.

John Rymer, analyst at Forrester Research said, Microsoft’s new partnership with Dell was what really stood out. The new "hybrid computing" platform allows the enterprise to move applications back and forth between its private data centers and Microsoft’s cloud, and that could be what really sets apart Azure from its main competitors like Amazon and Google, Rymer said. 


Nadella, came from the cloud world and appears to be the right person at the right time, to transform Microsoft and offer the Next Cloud.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Google's Project Fi

The cloud comes to mobile phones...one number to any device, anywhere in the world.

Microsoft, what are you going to do with Skype and Windows 10?  Microsoft is sitting on what I think could be the next Iridium..will they unleash this?
 20150421Google Project Fi Logo

Google is removing the notion that a mobile phone number has to be tied to a single device. “With Project Fi, your phone number lives in the cloud, so you can talk and text with your number on just about any phone, tablet or laptop.

Your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn’t skip a beat...yes there was a company called Calypso Wireless that patented this technology years ago

How it works.

Project Fi aims to put you on the best network wherever you go. As you move around, the best network for you might be a Wi-Fi hotspot or a specific 4G LTE network. We developed new technology that gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it's Wi-Fi or one of our two partner LTE networks.(Source)



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Microsoft's New "Chromebook Killer"...What I Would Do


For a couple years the world's largest software company was pointing out faults in its rival Google’s policies with a campaign called Scroogled.
 

When Nadella starting running this campaign. Apparently the guys at Google know where the future is heading which might be why Microsoft changes their motto from "be what's next" (huh?) to "mobile first- cloud first".

Google's Chromebook, which was once considered a joke because it only worked if there was an Internet connection, is now becoming a serious contender in the low end cloud computing device, especially with the next generation of computing users (kids) are being raised on them.

So we learn that Microsoft has introduced a product to compete with Google, excuse me, kill the Chromebook called the ASUS X205. Yes that's right there will be people lined up outside Best Buy the buy the new ASUS X205.

If Microsoft really wants to penetrate and ultimately dominate the low end market, they need to give this device a name. It all starts with branding, and brand names sell, not SKUs. When you're selling a very high end item you can get away with just the brand (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolex etc) but when you're selling a low end item you better find a way to make yours different.
 

Here's my idea. These devices are all dependent on the cloud for computing right? What is the quickest connection from the cloud to the ground?..a lightning bolt.

Microsoft could brand it the LiteNing Book, FlashBook or the BoltBook...or they could just keep the name ASUS X205.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oh Great ANOTHER App Store..Why Not One App Store For EVERY Device?

 Today Facebook announced the new Messenger platform, which will allow the service’s 600 million users to use a whole host of third-party apps and tools.

Instead of wrapping itself around your apps, it’s taking them over from the inside. By turning Messenger into a platform, Facebook is using its 600 million active users as a carrot to attract influential third-party developers, who will in turn create exciting apps that will keep those users inside the Facebook.


The problem? Each device and each service is requiring a user to go to different "stores" to get it.
Imagine if you had to download a certain browser to access a specific site. The Internet created disintermediation..and we are bringing it back?

Why should Amazon pay Apple a cut of their sales just because the traffic HAD to come from the Amazon app in iTunes?

A universal, one-stop app shop solves this problem. One website/service that lets a user download an app that will work on EVERY device (TV, iPad, Droid, car etc)..

This service will be able to virtualize EVERY app so that it can run on EVERY computing device.

Why create different versions of a program when you can create it once so that it runs on EVERY device, regardless of the OS.

There is an ideal solution Glassware 2.0

Any software application written in the last [30] years can be run via Glassware on any modern server and delivered to any device including chromebooks, tablets, phones, PCs and Macs.

The question is? Which player (Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon etc) sees the potential of this multi-billion dollar opportunity first?




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