Windows Phone vs iOS
Last updated: July 13, 2017
Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to its Windows Mobile platform, although incompatible with it. Windows Phone offers a new user interface called Metro, integrates the operating system with third party services and other Microsoft services, and sets minimum requirements for the hardware, on which it runs.
iOS is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple. Runs on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Authorized third-party native applications are available through Apple's App Store.
Latest news about Windows Phone and iOS:
13.07.17. Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone. Mobile OS Windows Phone fell into Microsoft's "end of support" category for software, which means there will be no updates to it of any kind, including security updates. If you keep using an unsupported device, you'll be wide open to hackers, and that usually ends in all your content being locked until you pay a certain amount of Bitcoin to a certain address. Microsoft technically hasn't given up on mobile; the company still supports Windows 10 Mobile, which is the successor to Windows Phone. The problem is only a minority of Windows Phone 8.1 phones are able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. But we haven't heard about an exciting Windows smartphone or a new set of features on the platform in years, and Microsoft definitely isn't talking much about it. In fact, at its annual Build conference in May, the company has talked more about iOS and Android than Windows 10 Mobile.
06.06.17. iOS 11 gets windows and file system. Siri gets a translator. Apple unveiled iOS 11 with some Windows-specific features that focus on productivity. The first is a new app called Files, which brings desktop-style file management to iPad. The app brings together all your files and supports nested folders, tags, search, etc. Files also supports iCloud and third-party storage providers like Dropbox and Google Drive. Apple also introduced new windows-view and drag-and-drop support between windows. iOS 11 is bringing translation to Siri so that you can ask the voice assistant how do say a certain English phrase in a variety of languages, including, at launch, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
15.06.16. Apple announced iOS 10. Apple has unveiled iOS 10 at its annual developer conference. It features redesigned lock screen and notification center, extended 3D touch support. Siri is also receiving a big upgrade with third-party integrations. iOS 10 will also transcribe your voicemail messages. With Phone app extensions, you can use VoIP apps with the native Phone interface. And when someone calls you on Skype, your phone is going to ring just like a normal phone call. Extensions can also flag spam calls. Once again, Apple is adding extensions to one of the core features in iOS. Finally, Messages is receiving a huge upgrade, starting with rich previews. iOS 10 is now available for developers. The public beta starts next month, and the company is expected to release iOS 10 in September.
09.06.15. iOS 9 extends battery life, brings Proactive Siri and iPad multitasking. Apple presented the new version of its mobile platform iOS 9 that will launch this fall. The new features include low-power mode (that will give your iPhone up to 3 extra hours of battery life), Proactive - an update to Siri, that will let it proactively tell you some useful information (like Google Now does), new Apple Maps with transit directions, Apple Wallet - rebranded PassBook, that now lets you add store cards as well as loyalty and rewards cards, Apple News - rebranded Newsstand app (that now works like Flipboard). And iPad will get a new split-screen app mode which allows users to run two different apps side-by-side. Apple says iOS 9 will work on any device that supports iOS 8.
25.02.14. Nokia unveils first Android-phone to lead users to Microsoft's cloud. As you know, last September Microsoft agreed to acquire Nokia. Of course, such a large acquisition is a long process and it's not officially complete yet. Formally, Nokia is still - an independent company and can produce phones on any platform it wants. Even on the Windows Phone's rival - Android. However, the new Android-phone Nokia X presented today has been blessed by Microsoft. Here is why. This is not the Android, which we use to see on Samsung, HTC or LG phones. This is a modification , built on the source code of Android Open Source Project. This modification doesn't contain Google applications (GMail, Talk, Calendar, Drive ...) but instead provides Microsoft's Outlook, OneDrive and Skype. There is no way to install apps from Google Play - only from Nokia Store or third-party Android- appstores (like GetJar or Yandex.Store ...). Nevertheless, almost all Android- app (including GMail) can be installed on this smartphone.
2013. Windows Phone can be used as a presentation remote control. Microsoft invented one more reason why business users should buy Windows Phone (but not Android or iPhone). If you often go to business meeting and show presentation on projector, you can now use Windows Phone (8) as a remote control. For this you need to install this free app Office Remote and add to it needed PowerPoint, Word, Excel documents (in fact, this app can only remotely control MS Office documents and not the whole computer). For example, you can open PowerPoint presentation, switch slides and even drive the laser pointer (that follows the movements of a finger on the phone screen). Also, you can remotely open and browse Word and Excel documents. Phone is connected to computer via Bluetooth.
2013. The new iPhone again pleased fun-lovers. In these latter years the day of new iPhone launch has turned into a global day of humor, more funny than April 1. And it's not because Apple makes bad smartphones. They are really good, one of the best. Simply Apple's business was originally built on the WOW-effect, and each time they have to make something special on the empty space, or pretend that they made something special. Of course, it's fun to Apple non-fan-boys and generates a lot of funny jokes. This time Apple introduced two new models at once: premium iPhone 5S and budget iPhone 5C (though it's budget only in relation to the first model - the cost starts at $549 in the U.S.). The iPhone 5S features super-fast 64-bit processor, super camera and fingerprint scanner on the power button (NSA decided to refresh the database). The iPhone 5C features the plastic case of all colors (real Apple fans have to buy one of each color). And here is what Nokia thinks about it:
2012. iPad Mini vs Nexus 7. Why compare them?. Today Apple has introduced the 7-inch tablet iPad Mini and this presentation was very special. No, not because of the magic new device, but becuase Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, brought to the stage the main 7-inch main competitor - Google Nexus 7, and compared it with iPad Mini side by side. Of course, it turned out that on the iPad Mini kids look 45% happier and 34% more rich than on Google's tablet. But never before Apple payed attention on the competition (of course, untill they violated its patents). And, if you look at the comparison table iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 (below), you'll find that there is no sense to compare them at this time:
2012. Apple’s evolution history in single video. One blogger (maybe Apple fan ?), August Brandels, combined cuts from various Apple commercials and promotional spots of different times and created very interesting video about the evolution of Apple products: from the first computer with DOS to iPhone 5 and Retina MacBook Pro.
2012. iPhone 5 adds LTE support and improves something else. Guys from College Humor have in general correctly predicted today's iPhone 5 presentation. Apple has shown Nothing special. Perhaps the most interesting update is LTE module (especially interesting to see whether Apple will be sued by Samsung, which owns a large pole of LTE-patents). In other respects iPhone 5 simply intends to keep Apple sales at the same level and protect the financial security of the company. It's a little thinner and a little lighter (than the previous model 4S), a little faster, works a little longer, has a slightly better cam and costs the same money. It features the new screen with larger resolution and size. It has become 16:9 - perfect for watching movies, but the existing apps will run letterboxed (unless they are updated). Below you can find the comparison table between the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nokia Lumia 920:
2012. Apple will kill Android or just advertise it?. Back in 2010, when HTC released the Android-smartphone with iPhone-like features, Steve Jobs sued and said: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”. And the patent war began ...
2012. Samsung takes on iPhone on the Enterprise market. We always have been talking about the competition between (Apple) iOS and (Google) Android for the leadership on the mobile sphere. But now, it's more correct to talk about the competition between Apple and Samsung, because only thanks to Samsung Android is so popular. This year Samsung surpassed Apple and Nokia, and became the best selling mobile brand, but the Enterprise market still belongs to Apple (and partially to Blackberry and Microsoft). Moreover, Apple never really tried to please business users (Steve Jobs didn't like the business market at all). But the business users liked convenience and coolness of iPhone and iPad, and IT admins liked the security of Apple's ecosystem (in which applications can be installed only from the App Store). And from the Android side there were neither cool models no security promiss (since it's an open ecosystem). Until the Samsung Galaxy S2.
2012. Windows Phone 8 - back to the Pocket PC. Long ago Microsoft was living in harmony: it had OS Windows for desktop computers (PCs) and Windows Mobile for pocket computers (Pocket PCs). Both operating systems had a similar interface (with desktop, Start button, icons, ...) and worked on a single code. But then iPhone, Android and tablets appeared and Microsoft was forced to disrupt this harmony and invent something totally new - WinPhone, Metro-interface, etc. And now, after the long searches, Microsoft is again coming to harmony. PCs and tablets (which Microsoft calls Tablet PCs) will run the same OS - Windows 8. The only missing part was the unified operating system for smartphones that can turn them to Pocket PCs. And this is the very mission of the new Windows Phone 8, that was demonstrated this week.
2012. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone call Windows Phone - the best smartphone. Looks like Windows Phone is gaining popularity step by step. Last month, all Internet was laughing at the fact that for the question "What is the best smartphone ever?" Siri (the voice assistant in iPhone) responded Nokia Lumia 900. But today the same question has been asked to the voice assistant S-Voice (that lives in the best Android-smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3). And it responded that the best smartphone ever is another Windows Phone - HTC Trophy. Both voice assistants base their responses on information from the certain online sources. Siri was basing on the data from Wolfram Alfa portal, and the S-Voice looked directly at the Best Buy’s user rating, which now lists the HTC Trophy as the top smartphone (while the Lumia is now #4 on the list). Thus, even in the US (where Apple is the king) Windows Phones are selling quite well.
2012. Top 10 phones/tablets for the Enterprise. Good Technology, the provider of enterprise secure mobility solutions, has published its statistics on the number of activations of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) in the companies using Good solutions. Top 10 most popular mobile devices in Q1 2012 you can see in the picture. It should be noted that most Good Technology clients - a large U.S. companies from the Fortune list (and, hence, for small business in Moscow this rating - is not very relevant). In addition, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices are not included in the rating, because Good Technology didn't support them. And may be you want to know in what order these devices are listed in the rating? Here is it:
2012. Skype finally comes to Windows Phone. Nine months (!) after Microsoft announced the acquisition of Skype, this messenger finally comes to Windows Phone (in beta version so far). Interestingly, already after the deal with Microsoft, Skype appeared on the competing platform Android and before that it worked on the iPhone. The things got so bad that in November 2011 Microsoft began to preinstall the alternative video chat app Tango on Windows Phones. But now this circus is over - Skype for Windows Phone is already available for free download from the marketplace. However, it doesn't work in the background, so for now you have to launch it every time to make a call or send a message (or launch it to receive a call). Also the beta version doesn't allow to add/edit contacts. And if the absence of Skype was the only thing that stopped you from buying Windows Phone, do not forget about the main thing - check that the Windows Phone has a front camera when you buy it.
2012. 5 Enterprise 2.0 forecasts for 2012. Let's try to predict some interesting events that can take place in the Enterprise 2.0 sphere in the coming year. We will not try to guess the percents of the market growth (we'll leave this job to Gartner), but just remember that the main market players are planning for this year. Here are the top 5 anticipated events for 2012:
2011. Microsoft created SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone. After the recent Microsoft's announcement that it's working on Office for iPad (by the way, today OneNote has become available for iPad), today's launch of the SkyDrive app for iPhone is not very surprising. From now the SkyDrive users can access their files on the iPhone, open them, share to others, create new folders and synchronize files to the online account. The same application has appeared for Windows Phone 7.5 (watch the video below). And judging by some vacancies that Microsoft posts on the job-sites, the company is already working on the SkyDrive version for Android. Recall, SkyDrive offers free 25GB of cloud storage, which is much larger than its main competitors: Box.net, DropBox and Google Docs.
2011. The main business sphere for tablets - Healthcare. Maybe Google is right that the tablets are more suitable for entertainment than for business. However, in some cases tablets have become the essential business tools. We've listed some of these cases already: CEO accessory, business trips, insurance, warehouse, customer support, work at home, construction. But the main sphere for tablets in business is probably the Healthcare. And this fact has a sad historical background. The fact is that the godfather of all tablets, Steve Jobs, had been spending a lot of time in the hospitals. And though he (and Apple) didn't like business tech and wasn't trying to sell the iPad to companies, but he made an exception for medical industry. There is no enterprise department in Apple, but there is a position of Medical Marketing Manager, hold by Afshad Mistri (on the picture). That is the person, who promotes the iPad to healthcare organizations.
2011. Microsoft is working on Office for iPad. It seems, Microsoft is already feeling confidence in its mobile future. According to The Daily report, in the 1st half of 2012 Microsoft will release Mobile Office for the competing platform - iPad. Of course, iPad is very popular among business users and Microsoft can easily dramatically increase its incomes by selling mobile Word and Excel for the iPad at $10 (the planned price). But from the political point of view, Microsoft is not interested in making iPad even more attractive product, because it competes with the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. However, after the intention of HP and several other manufacturers to support Windows 8, Microsoft is not afraid of iPad any more. As expected, the MS Office for iPad will be significantly stripped-down compared to the desktop version and will be integrated with the online service Office 365.