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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference May 14-15, 2015



If you find yourself with some time over the next couple of days, be sure to check out  this Virtual Conference presented by Microsoft MVPs in the Americas

The conference will have 5 tracks, IT Pro English, Dev English, Consumer English, Portuguese mixed sessions & Spanish mixed sessions, there is something for everyone!  Learn from the best and brightest MVPs in the tech world today and develop some great skills!

More details and registration at http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference.aspx



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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Building for Windows 10 with Objective-C and Java IS AWESOME!

Hopefully I'll find time to write up my thoughts about all that's being announced at //build/ sometime soon but my initial reaction to the headline news that it will be possible to take existing Android code written in Java or iOS code written in Objective-C and use that to compile an app for Windows 10 is a great thing. (I believe the phrase I used ws "F*ck Yeah!")

I know that some people have big reservations or concerns about this and there are some people who expect to lose work or even their jobs as a result of this. People losing their jobs is unfortunate and rarely a good thing but I'm sure they're smart people who will find new work quickly.
Overall I am incredibly positive about this announcement.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How do you think about free?

If it's about paying with money, then there's no such thing as free. There's only "somebody else pays".

If not paying with money there are still other prices to pay.
Change, even if it's just the change to add, use or own something new, can have a physical, emotional or mental cost.

An app can be free, but it takes time to install plus mental effort to understand and use.

An update can be free, but if it takes time to install that's a cost. If I need help to learn the changes that's a cost. If I need someone to help me with a problem, either during or after the update then that has a cost. If there's concern about what might be different after an update is installed then there's a mental cost in the uncertainty (fear).





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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Windows Phone OS version market share changes since January 2014

I've been looking back over the AdDuplex monthly reports (the latest is here) and wanted to have a way of seeing how the OS version usage has changed over time.
I came up with this:



All figures are from the reports posted on http://blog.adduplex.com/

It looks like some of those WP7 devices were really built to last.




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Monday, April 20, 2015

So why not just kill Windows Phone?

So why not just kill Windows Phone? “Windows Phone is small, relatively speaking. But absolutely speaking it still sells a lot of units. And they can’t not have an OS. So it’d be nice if they had more market on mobile, but having zero just topples the whole strategy.”

Now, where have I heard that before? - Oh yeah, I've been saying the same thing for years.
Microsoft can't not have a mobile/phone OS. I have to remind "mobile industry experts" when they say Microsoft should just scrap Windows Phone.




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