Posts Tagged ‘Windows Phone’

Microsoft is Getting Smarter

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Microsoft announced on its Windows Phone Blog that the new Office Mobile 2010 is available for free. There is, of course, a catch. You have to own a previous version of mobile Office. Even with the catch, it seems that Microsoft has finally figured out what Google has known all along. People like FREE apps.

Microsoft has been terribly slow on the uptake when it comes to free products. It’s flagship Microsoft Office Suite is the priciest of the popular productivity suites, and there were no signs of letting up on the steep entry fees. Google Apps, Zoho, Open Office, and even WordPerfect were able to take full advantage of Microsoft’s lack of free options. It seems that Microsoft has finally gotten smart and is offering its software as a free upgrade.

Does this mean that Microsoft will start offering more stuff for free? Hopefully, but unlikely. Microsoft has been fragmenting its products for years, offering dumbed-down versions for lower prices, yet still hard to reach for many consumers. If Microsoft insists on having three home versions, a couple enterprise versions, and other high-cost software, it will take a long time before they recover from their current freefall.

This may very well be a case of too little, too late. Microsoft took way to long to join the free app movement. Even now, this is just a free upgrade to a paid product. While this is certainly a smart move, Microsoft has a long way to go.

Windows Phone

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I saw a commercial last night advertising a Windows Phone at AT&T. I wasn’t too impressed by the commercial, with the icons of various apps trying to sneak into a meeting and finally getting caught and getting approving smiles from everyone. Once they showed the phone and announced it as the Windows Phone on AT&T, my first thought was that they must be trying to compete with Google’s Nexus One, which has until recently been called the Google Phone. My next thought was, why hasn’t this been talked about by the mainstream blogs?

I looked it up on AT&T this morning and it was nowhere to be found. I did a couple of searches and then found an Engadget post about a confusing Windows Phone commercial. It turns out that this is just a new commercial from Microsoft, and it is just as confusing as the one Engadget talked about.

I looked up Windows Phone on Microsoft’s website and found a much more informative page. Check it out here. There are the basic advertisements you would expect to find, and some decent graphics on the page. There is a clearly marked section to look for phones that support Windows Phone, which is the new name for Windows Mobile. The search was easy to use, and you could choose which options you were looking for, and even the carrier.

So, another mystery solved, thanks to Engadget, whose blog post I should have remembered from October.

Here is the commercial on YouTube. Evidently Microsoft made a version for Verizon too.