The thing with ambition is that it can so easily come with no limits attached. And quite often that is not too bad of a situation, as long as it is matched with the necessary effort.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is one such person that believes in this theory of going big.
In a video interview with Bloomberg during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the head of the Finnish mobile maker was asked whether Windows Phone had a shot at becoming the second biggest operating system in the world.
Elop responded with a bold and bright reply:
“It can be the biggest operating system in the world.”
The head of Nokia, however, did say that a lot of effort was needed to turn this into reality, and his company along with Microsoft was committed for the task at hand:
“We have a lot of work to do, jointly with Microsoft, to make that happen.”
When the interviewer asked him on any specific target date that Elop expects Windows Phone to become the biggest operating system in the world, the CEO said that they had their own internal targets for this milestone, but refused to share them in public.
Recent reports do suggest that Microsoft’s mobile platform has gained some solid traction in various markets across the globe.
Redmond, along with other partners, is also very actively expanding the lineup of devices that are powered by the OS. Nevertheless, it still is a long road for Windows Phone and its quest to become the dominant operating system, as both iOS and Android enjoy towering market shares.
But if you take a look at the history of mobile platforms, things can suddenly take a turn for the worse leading up to an abandonment of an operating system.
What We Love About the New Outlook.com
Say goodbye to Hotmail and say hello to outlook.com, Microsoft’s attempt at reinventing email and their official bet to challenge Gmail.
As it is, Gmail is still the king of email even with the Scroogle campaign of Microsoft. But still, it looks like they could be given a run for their money with Outlook.com.
There are just too many things about this new email platform that make it hard to ignore. And now that it is available to the public, expect a lot of Gmail users to give it a try. In fact, here are some things you will like about this new free email:
The minimal design
The first thing I thought of when I first opened Outlook is how clean it looks. The interface kind of reminds you of Gmail but much fresher. The white space gives users an uncluttered screen that is very easy on the eyes. The only part of the interface that is sort of color heavy is the title bar, which you can even customize to different colors. It also includes a reading pane feature that is very useful for scanning messages.
If you do not ever want to see any ads on Outlook, you can simply pay $19.95 to upgrade your account to an ad-free one. My advice, don’t bother upgrading because you hardly notice the ads anyway. First, the ads come in small non-eye grabbing boxes on the right. Second, if you integrate your account on Facebook or Twitter, updates will cover the ads anyway. What’s more of a selling point that they used against Google, however, is that they promised that they won’t go through your emails for targeted advertising. You can either set your preferred ad topics or get random ads instead.
Skydrive and social media integration
It has great integrations with many social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn. Get your social media contacts migrated in your email. The way you see your contacts’ pictures appear on their email is a nice touch. It also works smoothly with SkyDrive, allowing you to sync your files online. This also allows you access and the ability to edit those files in Outlook via your PC or even your RingCentral business phone.
Integrated photo and YouTube video viewer
No more need to download files just to view pictures and videos. If an email sent to you is from a known contact, you can view the pictures as a slideshow instead. If there is a YouTube link included in the mail, you can view it through a player that will pop up.
Organizing your messages is easier and more fun with Outlook. First, there’s the menu that instantly appears whenever you hover into a message. This allows you to mark the message as unread, flag it, or even delete it. Second, it also has a unique filtering system that allows you to categorize your messages without putting them in separate folders from the inbox. This way, it is easier to sort through messages without having to comb through multiple folders.
There are other features that you will love about Outlook, but these are enough to make me a fan.
New Windows 8 Security Book – A comprehensive overview of Windows 8 Security
As an IT professional, you might be asked to review Windows 8 and determine if it is a good fit for your organization.
Or, you are being asked to implement Windows 8 or develop a transition plan that moves your organization’
Windows 8 comes with increased security features designed to make your life as an IT professional easier. These features are supposed to enhance security and give you enhanced tools for support and protection.
My newest eBook Windows 8 Security – A comprehensive overview of security in Microsoft’s newest Operating System will help you figure out if Windows 8 delivers on these promises.
Some of the topics covered in this book:
Dynamic Access Control
and much more…
We will also highlight issues and concerns that you need to understand as you set policies for system use and administer Windows 8 on your network.
The book is available for the low price of $9.95 but if you share on Facebook or Twitter, you get a 30% discount ($6.97).
Go ahead and order it now.
I hope you have as much fun reading this as I had writing it.
App Watch: Facebook Touch
Facebook may not be too keen on developing official Windows 8 apps, at least for now, but that is not stopping other people from hoping in and creating solutions for the social networking giant.
This particularly app, that goes by the name of Facebook Touch, is one of the most popular Facebook clients currently available on the Windows Store — and for good reasons too.
As the name pretty much gives away, this app is very nicely optimized for touch, and packs features that give users the ability to view and write messages, chat with friends, check out notifications, access member profiles as well as news feeds, plus configure all sorts of settings.