Microsoft's arrival in the wearable market has been rumoured for some time and now that just about every mobile rival has at least detailed its plans, now seems as good a time as any. We have seen several reports regarding a Redmond built smartwatch, but the general consensus seems to be that it will not really be a smartwatch, but a fitness band instead.
Microsoft has launched a new app over the weekend called Microsoft Xim, which is the company's new web photo sharing system. You may be thinking that Microsoft already uses Nokia/Lumia PhotoBeamer, but that app is still under the Nokia umbrella, this is Redmond's own service.
Microsoft has not had a good time with its Surface line of tablets, despite the fact that they are well made, well spec'd, good looking, and in the case of the Surface Pro range, amazingly functional. The company has used a marketing strategy that says the only tablet worth getting is a Surface, forget the iPads and Android slates if you crave true productivity. However, it seems the company is losing faith in the Surface brand and according to Digitimes is willing to axe it.
Microsoft may not be raking in the cash from its own mobile output, but the company is doing pretty well from everyone else. Ironically, the software giant started to focus on hardware to keep pace with rivals, but the company's hardware has not sold well, while its mobile software continues to be a money spinner. The latest news is that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year in patent royalties, but the Korean company is looking to end the payments.
While there are plenty of good high end Windows Phone devices, the platform has enjoyed its growth thanks to budget handsets hitting the right chord in emerging markets. However, the US has remained a problem for the OS, but Microsoft is continuing to send out new Lumia devices and perhaps the wallet friendly Nokia Lumia 530 can hit a home run.
Forget about all this talk of Windows 9, Microsoft chose an intimate event today to unleash the newest version of its desktop platform, Windows 10. Yes, the company chose to skip a number, but this is the brand new version that the company hopes will not only carry its computing to the next level, but also its mobile devices such as Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has held a recent meeting with the CEO of Chinese brand Xiaomi, Lei Jun, about the possibility of the company building a Windows Phone device. The meeting was held last week and while no details of the chat have been revealed, reports are pointing towards the two bosses discussing a Xiaomi Windows smartphone.
Microsoft had a big vision for the Bing brand, it was going to build a whole ecosystem around it with multiple apps and features, much like Google actually. The company will still keep the general ethos behind the Bing apps, but has now decided to change the name for something more familiar and arguably more serious.
We have seen recently that Apple iOS 8 is seeing some solid adoption rates and will likely encompass most iOS device users by the end of the year. We have also seen how Google's Android 4.4 KitKat is making its presence felt, with over 25% of all Android users adopting the software. So, what about the third player in the mobile market, what about Windows Phone? Well, Microsoft has kindly answered that today.
Yes, we are a mobile oriented website, but we are breaking from our remit a bit to talk about Windows 9. That?s simply because versions of Microsoft's desktop operating system these days are the ones that are likely to be uniform across the mobile space too. With that in mind, when Windows 9 lands we can safely assume that a version of it will arrive on tablets and smartphones in due course.