You come back, one year!
The wearables market isn’t an easy one; and its one that for many, still remains untamed. I spent a great deal of time last year covering the wearables market.
- Microsoft Band Part 1
- Microsoft Band Part 2
- Fitbit Surge
- Pebble Time
- Olio Model One
- Apple Watch:
The first device I reviewed in this year long series was the Microsoft Band. In the end, at least before the Apple Watch was released, I considered it to be the go to device that I would have recommended to everyone, largely because (it had):
Apparently, there’s a nasty bug that Microsoft is chasing…
During a beta period, a tester or test manager should always expect to find bugs and, more importantly to expect run with buggy software. It’s never really end user ready, despite the fact that you’re opening your user base up to a wider audience.
Case in point – Microsoft has opened up Windows 10 to its Windows Insiders. You can get prerelease builds of Windows on the Fast, Slow and Release Preview rings.
Apparently, Microsoft was serious about Windows 10 only being free for a year…
Sometimes I really have to wonder if the senior leadership team at Microsoft is asleep at the wheel or not; because this just seems stupid.
When Windows 10 was released last year on 2015-07-29, Microsoft said the upgrade would be free to all Windows PC’s running Windows XP and higher for a year. Well, a year will be up on 2016-07-29, and Microsoft is holding firm to that statement.
The long awaited update to Microsoft’s Perceptive Pixel PC’s has finally shipped.
This is a huge deal for the enterprise…
One of the things that I like the most about my current job and role in IT is that my company has a Windows 8.x powered Perceptive Pixel PC. It sits in one very specific conference room, and quite honestly, I tend to live in that room, mostly because of this particular PC.
Well… I’ve upgraded my BLU WIN HD LTE handset…, and… yeah.
Ok… I’ve got a few thoughts on Windows 10 Mobile, and I need for everyone to understand the justification behind them, so… bear with me a moment. This may sound a bit critical, but in the end, I don’t think anyone can blame me…
I started my mobile Windows journey in 1997 with the Casio E10, a WindowsCE powered handheld device that had a 320×240 pixel, 4 gray scaled LCD that received electrical power via 2 AAA batteries. WindowsCE itself was released by Microsoft in 1996 at COMDEX. The OS was meant to power handheld computers and act as an embedded OS for other industrial applications. Comparatively speaking, while the devices weren’t really cutting edge, even for the day, they (and the Palm Pilot) were an advancement in computing technology that were the precursors to all mobile devices including all smartphones on the market today.
I got involved early, becoming quite the expert in nearly all versions of WindowsCE, PocketPC and Windows Mobile, prior to it being totally scrapped and changed for Windows Phone. In fact, I became so competent, I was able to craft my own option ROM’s for PocketPC devices to use after a hard reset (so all my third party apps would install, as hard resets were a common practice to resolve technical glitches caused by bad third party apps). I also got into flashing alternative ROM’s and OS builds on my Windows Mobile devices. You couple that with a lot of my desktop Windows experience, and I feel I have a solid basis from which to rate an evaluatory impression on Windows 10 Mobile…
Here it is – meh. And honestly, I’m being generous. Here’s why…