Ask any platform, you know, if it could talk, and it would tell you that ecosystem is key to survival. Having the apps that people need in order to function is vital to the ability of a platform to sustain itself. After all, if a phone, tablet, or even a computer can’t do what people need it to do, people will go elsewhere. This is a bit of a no-brainer – not new information at all. Which led to the question – what vital apps are actually required for an ecosystem to be viable? What apps are needed in order for a customer to plant her flag and claim it as her own?
We asked our [...]
The Office pool has grown just a bit larger.
ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter’s suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone).
With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has [...]
Update: We’re currently reviewing the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL running Build 105386.29. Because our target audience is made mostly of general consumers, our device review policy restricts us from trying beta or developer versions. That includes 105386.36, which supposedly fixes these problems. We’ll update this post if we’re able to update one of Lumia 950 units on Insider or when an official release of .36 gets out.
We’ve been lamenting how Windows 10 Mobile still feels so beta, even though Microsoft’s said “see you latah.” If [...]
Since Microsoft is deeply invested in developing software for as many popular platforms (minding its own, of course) as it can, it has to think about not only how they are run, but how they are marketed, too — how they’re packaged and how they’re presented, mainly. So, it’s taken to producing a “Microsoft Apps” app on the Google Play Store.
It’s not just the Office suite that Microsoft offers. Keep in mind that it’s the company running the Xbox, too. Beyond that, apps categorized in bins including Education, Finance and Health & [...]
… is it over yet? Okay, here’s something more interesting besides politics.
Business Insider got a chance to talk with US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. In addition to dishing out on other candidates, he also showed his discerning tech taste towards the forerunner of all smart wearables (at least, that’s what mainstream analysts are painting it as), the hot-as-ever Apple Watch.
Bush has been pictured at several events sporting the wearable. He’s also a little bit of a fitness buff, too. Here’s a transcript on his [...]
Why pay now when you can wait until you have to pay everything else? Okay, besides this being the recipe to another subprime mortgage crisis, we’re actually not technically talking about credit. If you plan on grabbing a few apps or anything else from the Windows Store for your Windows 10 device, if you’re on Sprint, you can wait until your monthly bill comes up to pay for that stuff.
Boku, a company specializing in integrating third-party service charges into carrier bills, has expanded its agree with Microsoft to route Windows Store purchases for Windows 10 devices [...]
Remember Steve Ballmer? Of course you do. Of course current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella does. Ballmer’s the largest shareholder of the company. And while you may have slights against Ballmer’s corporate management tactics, he certainly has a beef with Microsoft’s financial reporting practices.
Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting today. The company projected an annualized rate of sales that would grow the company’s cloud business to $20 billion by 2018.
Ballmer is not happy that the Redmond giant would not disclose profit margins or sales [...]
With the Mac App Store fiasco sorted out, it’s time to refocus on the apps themselves. Specifically, how to find them.
Online advertising offers a direct way for potential customers a direct land on your app’s page. But what if you’re promoting in that real life kind of space — ordering billboards and such? Moreover, if people find themselves in a situation where they’ll “look it up later” for any reason, what are the chances that they’ll find your application?
It turns out that Apple’s working on improving [...]