Windows vs Windows Phone

Windows 8 is an operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, netbooks and tablet PCs. It features the Metro-style interface that is designed for touchscreen input similar to that in Windows Phone
Windows Phone
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.

Latest news about Windows and Windows Phone:

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.

14.07.16. Microsoft introduced subscription model for Windows 10. Microsoft announced Windows 10 Enterprise E3 - the subscription model that will be available through the Cloud Solution Provider program. Starting this fall, businesses can get enterprise-grade security and management capabilities at $7 a seat per month for the first time through the Cloud Solution Provider channel. CSP partners will be able to provide a subscription to Windows 10 Enterprise Edition as part of a managed service offering, which is ideal for businesses who do not have dedicated IT resources or limited IT staff, and want their licensing and IT needs managed by a trusted and experienced partner.

29.07.15. Microsoft launches Windows 10. Microsoft is starting to roll out the new Windows 10, which will be free to all Win 7/8 users. Windows 10 combines the modern — an app store, Cortana, a new browser, and so forth — with a comfortable helping of the traditional, including, the return of the Start Menu. The inclusion of Cortana adds a new way to interact with your desktop computer into the mix. Edge is the future replacement of Internet Explorer, meaning that after several decades, Microsoft is trying to re-take over the Internet. The app store is better. The Start Menu is a refinement of the largely failed Start Screen. And the Continuum feture changes Windows 10 into a touch-friendly interface.

22.01.15. Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10. Microsoft announced that Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be eligible for a free upgrade inside the first year of Windows 10. The free upgrade plan should allow Microsoft to lessen the current version fragmentation that Windows endures. Windows 10 is positioned as a service, instead of simply an operating system that a user installs. It means, that when you buy a Windows app, you can use it on desktop, tablet and phone and even more - these apps will sync data and settings. Windows 10 will have only one app store for all platforms, thus Microsoft wants to close app gaps that Windows Phone has. The new OS will contain a new browser Spartan, voice assistant Cortana and new touch-friendly Office apps. Security is also going to be a big feature of the new OS. Windows 10's new security features would have stopped a couple of the high-profile corporate hacking cases.

22.11.14. Microsoft promises managed enterprise App Stores with Windows 10. Microsoft previously announced that Windows 10 will contain a single app store that will work across devices. Today, it announced that a “Web-based” store will be an option for companies that want control what apps their employees, say, can install. Apps that are assigned to a user will be up for installation with a single click. This is a play towards the heart of large, enterprise customers. Offer IT folk new tools, and you might get their attention. If you buy your own computer, this won’t impact you, but it could make Windows 10 more appetizing to large enterprise customers that shunned Windows 8. Microsoft is currently rolling out updates to its first Windows 10 preview, aimed at large clients. A consumer preview is expected to land in January.

21.05.14. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - the tablet that can replace your laptop. That's how Microsoft advertises the new version of its tablet Surface Pro 3, presented today. The company continues to promote the idea that laptops and tablets should run on the same operating system and the same applications. The third version of the Surface has become even more similar to a laptop (than the previous one) for 3 reasons. First - is the 12-inch screen (compared to 10" of Surface 2) - it's a usual size for a laptop. Second - even more powerful hardware - up to Core i7 with 8 GB of memory. And third - even more convenient cover-keyboard that physically transforms the tablet into a laptop. Moreover Surface 3 has become even thinner and lighter than Macbook Air. Overall, this is a luxury toy for businessmen and executives, and it costs appropriately: $799 - $1949 depending on configuration. However, it's still not clear why Microsoft is producing such expensive tablets, while Google is monopolizing the tablet market with cheap Android-models and replacing Windows 8 laptops with cheap Chromebooks.

08.04.14. Don't Panic! Microsoft discontinues Windows XP. Today, Microsoft officially ends support for the working horse - Windows XP. The news that they will release an upgrade to XP - was really an April Fool's joke. So what will happen now? First of all, don't panic! Your XP computers won't stop working tomorrow. Just they will no longer receive security patches. Experience shows that most office workers either don't receive these updates, or know how to defend themselves with the help of antivirus and common sense, or let viruses eat their computer independently of these updates. So maybe you do not need to change anything. But if your company is serious about the security, you have two options: upgrade to Windows 8 or alternative operating systems (for example , Google's ChromeOS). Windows 8 costs about $100, but experience shows that the main problem of Win8 is not the price, but the fact that users can't sort it out.

03.03.14. Microsoft working on a free version of Windows. American site The Verge has learned (from Microsoft insiders) that the company is working on a free version of Windows operating system, so if you're just going to upgrade your computers and give $118 for each license, it might be worth to wait a little. The free version will be called Windows With Bing and will include pre-installed basic Microsoft's web applications. Why "With Bing"? Hardly, because it will include Bing browser. Most probably, it will show some Bing ads on the home screen. Of course, maybe it's just a rumor, but in today realities the free version of Windows is necessary for Microsoft in order to compete against Google and Apple and keep users linked to this platform.

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. 2 new Microsoft Surfaces: cool and ugly. Microsoft today introduced the second generation of its tablets: Surface 2 (formerly Surface RT) and Surface Pro 2. First, let's talk about the Surface Pro 2 . It's cool. For executive or businessman (who is not afraid of Windows 8 ) - it's the best tablet on the market. Microsoft says that it's faster than 95% of laptops. Actually, it's a full-fledged laptop that is stuck to the tablet. It features 7-hours battery, USB 3.0 port, super display and sound, and a lot of useful accessories: touch-cover, power-cover, dock-station for office, etc. And of course, it costs accordingly - from $899 (for accessories you pay separately). The price is reasonable - it's a premium thing. So the guys from Microsoft have done the good job - the high-quality product. But the second tablet Surface 2 makes us doubting in their success.

2013. Windows 8.1 available for Enterprise. Until now, only few companies have switched to Windows 8. But Microsoft says, it's ok. They always released the first OS version a bit raw and then fixed the drawbacks in the first apdate (service pack) to make the system business-ready. The same approach is used in the case with Windows 8. And today the first update Windows 8.1 has become available for companies. For while it's in the preview-version, but you already can download and install it. What new features this update brings to business users? First of all, it restores the Start button and enables to load the familiar (Windows 7 style) desktop by default. However, the Start button doesn't work the same way as before. It just opens the Metro-start-screen (shown on the screenshot above).

2013. Windows survival plan: Start button, mobile Office, cheap computers. The newly published report by IDC showed horrifying numbers of PC sales in the last quarter - they significantly fell, under the pressure of smartphones and tablets. For Microsoft, this means one thing - the market share of its operating system Windows - is rapidly falling. So Microsoft is now ready to admit its mistakes and sacrifice short-term profits in order to save its treasure. The main news - is that the first update Windows 8.1 will return the Start button. The disappearance of this beloved button in Windows 8 plunged many people into panic. Especially office workers. Version .1 - is usually a sign for companies that they can update OS. So, specially for the release of this "business" version the Start button will be returned. In addition, there will be an option to make the conventional desktop default, instead of Metro-style Start Screen.

2013. Android works on notebooks. On top of Windows. Well, actually, Google has its own plan "How to destroy Windows". It supposes that the Chrome browser will become the main application that you use on computer (because everything you need is available from the Web). And then there will be only Chrome. Windows will become an unnecessary layer. Startup BlueStacks invented the same plan, but instead of Chrome they decided to port Android on the top of Windows. And taking into account that mobile applications have recently become more popular than Web applications, this plan could work even better. How does it work?

2012. Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 stories of 2012. What are the most memorable trends on the Enterprise market in 2012? Have our 2011 forecasts come true? Here are the top 5 most important (in our opinion) Enterprise 2.0 events and trends of 2012:

2012. Windows 8: magic, confusing. It's the End, it's the Key. Today Windows 8 has officially launched around the world together with Surface tablets and Windows Store, that already contains almost 8,000 apps. Recall that the main feature of Windows 8 is that it's optimized for both computers and tablets. There are two versions of Windows 8: RT - which only works on tablets and supports only metro applications from Windows Store, and the x86 version, which works on both PCs and tablets, and supports both metro and regular (including legacy) Windows-programs. The second version has two interfaces - the Metro and the regular, and you can switch from one to another. It's noticed that Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7. Now, let's see what people are saying about Windows 8:

2012. Microsoft changes logo to promote Windows 8. In order to remind everyone how ground-breaking will be the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has even decided to change its corporate logo. The last time they changed it was 25 years ago. As you can see, the new logo has the look and feel of the Windows 8 (Metro) style, the basic idea of which is simple and universal interface, suitable for mouse and fingers. Logo is so simple that you can draw it in Photoshop in 5 minutes. And that's how Microsoft wants you to associate its products with speed and simplicity. Below is a short video presentation of the new logo:

2012. Lenovo's new tablet is better than Microsoft Surface?. As you know, Microsoft has decided to produce the own Windows-tablets (Microsoft Surface), and its partners were not happy with that news. Last week the Acer CEO, JT Wang,  told the Times: “If Microsoft… is going to do hardware business, what should we do?. Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?". Meanwhile another Chinese manufacturer - Lenovo - instead of crying, decided to make a tablet better than Microsoft's. And it looks like Lenovo has succeeded. Though the name of its new tablet is not very beautiful - Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, but the tablet targets not beautiful but smart people that are going to use this device to get things done, rather that for playing games and browsing fashion sites. What makes is better than Microsoft Surface?

2012. New MS Office 2013: touch-interface, cloud roaming and subscription plans. As usual together with the new version of Windows 8 Microsoft will released the new Microsoft Office, because Windows can't live without the Office. Yesterday Steve Ballmer for the first time demonstrated Office 2013 to the public. As might be expected, the main upgrade is a new touch-interface, which is adapted for mouse, stylus and fingers. The second new feature - default integration with the cloud storage SkyDrive, which allows not only to save all files to the cloud, but also to sync files and Office settings between the all user computers and mobile devices. The third feature - integration between desktop Office and cloud Office 365. Microsoft will focus not on the Office sales, but on the Office 365 subscriptions, which also include desktop editors license. Of course, there are a lot of new small features that are probably not very interesting. More interesting is to pay attention to those features that will NOT appear in the Office 2013:

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.