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Will Windows 8 open new Doors?

IS THIS IT? Is this showtime for Microsoft’s Windows 8?

Amidst the anticipation of the next iPhone 5 to be released shortly, there’s some excitement brewing as Microsoft are ready once again with their re-entry into this market with what is promised of being an amazing experience…(Drum Rolls………) enter – Windows 8.

All we’ve been seeing and hearing from quite some time now is only of Apple, Samsung, Android, iPhone, iPad, Google when it comes to mobiles and device operating systems and not much about Windows. Yes Apple devices are everywhere, Samsung seems to be going places with their devices not only by manufacturing some amazing devices (ie. S3, Galaxy Tab…) but also packing new features into their mobiles and tablets…it’s been a while now that I’ve not seen anyone pull out a different phone other than an iPhone but these days I’m sure you would’ve probably noticed yourself, Samsung devices seems to be making ground.

Samsung range of tablets are moving quite fast too and they don’t cost an “arm and a leg” to try one out, whether it’s the “non-apple” fans or the “android-pro’s” there is no choice currently in the market for any other mobile device or operating system.

Image from: http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/index.html

Samsung have confirmed that they will be carrying Windows 8 on a few of their devices – that includes Samsung mobiles, tablets and TV’s. Check out the ATIV range (as it’s called by Samsung) which carries the Windows 8 across devices – ATIV S for Mobiles, ATIV Tab (Tablets), ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro.  We couldn’t find much reference to what ATIV actually meant whether it was an acronym for something but seems like it’s VITA spelt reverse…meant life….deep….blah blah…

And NOKIA says…lets hold hands Windows?

NOKIA like Microsoft have a challenge up their sleeves to win back market share and consumer confidence and as users have started to massively adapt to and get accustomed to the Apple and Android eco-system, this will be quite an interesting phase to see if the Nokia & Microsoft Windows 8 combo does it this time around. NOKIA seems to have instilled a lot of faith into their new LUMIA range carrying the Windows 8 Operating System.

NOKIA, once a leader in this space who has seen massive decline in it’s share now confirming that their range of Nokia Lumia range will be carrying the Windows 8 as their operating system.

In the second quarter of 2012, Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone operating system market was a lowly 2.7 per cent, according to tech industry analyst Gartner while Android had 64.1 per cent  and Apple 18.8 per cent. (source here).

The Windows 8 experience blog does promise that this version has a lot that has changed, and yes it would not be fair to say that Windows have been so hung up with so many issues in the past over their operating systems but I guess that’s the kind of extensive user base that the windows have too – more ain’t always the merrier when it comes to technology. All brands these days whether it’s manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, Nokia, HTC or the experience providers such as Apple, Google with their Android operating systems, Microsoft Windows are all undergoing a substantial amount of metamorphosis as the internet has evolved to being something we sat behind a desk and used and or late on a mobile device to being the “internet of things” where even our cats and dogs are connected to a network so we can track where they are and what they are doing when you are out and about!

Apple has undergone considerable transformation themselves as I remember not that many years ago, you could not buy anything but from a special “Apple” store specialist and when not much was going in Apple’s favour – they brought about the iPod and then the infamous iPhone followed by the iPad which made history and seems like they’re having a dream run since then. Who had heard of an “app store” a few years ago? Who knew that you wouldn’t need to run down to the DVD store down the road to book in your copy of the latest movies? Maybe the day is not far when there will be robots around the house which will bring you popcorn automatically when you’re watching a movie! Well, Well, lets get back to talking about Windows 8…there is a pre-release Windows 8 version available for those enthusiasts but we couldn’t find a set date for the Windows 8 date in Australia but news items do hint at it being around the corner!

Windows 8 has a completely refreshed touch integrated experience, and the new improved multi-monitor support, and new Family Safety features, social seems seamless, there’s also new improvements to the Mail, Photos, and People apps and see new Bing-powered Travel, News and Sports appsInternet Explorer 10 also has new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview like “flip ahead” and a fully integrated secure and power-optimised Adobe Flash Player. IE10 is also the first browser to feature Do Not Track “on” by default.

Would you be still willing to give Windows 8 a chance? Have Microsoft got it right this time around? Guess, time will tell but onya’ Windows as they say “You’ve got to be in it to WIN it – All the best!

 

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Smart mobiles and now SmartTV’s!

Smart mobiles and now SmartTV’s!

Are TV’s still going to be referred as the idiot box?

Yep we all know that Smart phones have taken on the world and now here’s another screen undergoing some real change in it’s character – the good ol ‘idiot box’ – the TV. Well, this statement might be redundant already as Smart TV’s are here and I remember not that long ago, I was researching online contemplating whether to buy a plasma or a LCD? And just last week when I visited one of my techy friends who has not only a good understanding of what’s good in the market but also has the smarts to identify and connect with smart products. At this place, I recently had an opportunity to play with a live fully connected ‘SmartTV’ from Samsung.

I was aware that just like mobile phones are a lot smarter, TV’s are going through it’s own metamorphosis – Plasma standard became High Definition & LCD TV’s were a lot more higher in their picture quality. Then came the LED TV’s and I was aware that all this time, the 3D’ability of TV’s was being worked on and so was the persuasion from a few brands to make the TV a lot more useful than just watching your traditional free to air or subscription channels such as your FOXTEL’s etc.Probably las year or so is when I saw the Sony TV with a built-in operating system and you were able to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and if you were smart enough you could hook up say an X-Box Kinect and play online games. But a few weeks ago, I came across the SmartTV from Samsung and must say this is probably the first experience which I thought was quite seamless in terms of really leveraging the smarts through your TV, which no longer is average!

The Samsung Smart TV connects to the internet directly and you can use your iPhone or Android smartphone to control your TV and this is much more than just using your phone as a remote control – one of the cool features is that you can browse say for example, YouTube clips etc and pressing ‘Play’ on your mobile phone can play that clip on the TV instantly. And for those of us who actually use the TV as a screen to connect and watch content a.k.a movies, pictures etc via a hard cable – this I’m sure is a welcome relief as you can browse through your files and connect to all your content wirelessly. There’s been a few ways you could set this up before too but either you had to be a bit nerdy or needed to research, struggle and try and make it work or like a few would have to be using Apple TV, but I’ve heard that you not only need to connect with Apple products the device is not that greatly compatible with all file types. The best bit that I really liked in the little time that I spent was that seamless integration between the mobile and TV. There’s also apps available you could download and also the ability to easily connect to your social platform too i.e. Twitter, Facebook etc. And the app interface looks like we’ve started to use on the smart phones which makes it a tad easier to browse through.

Sure there’s a lot more brands who are going to be coming up with such smart and smarter TV’s but now think Samsung is surely a SmartTV. Our idiot Box is a lot more meaningful now!

DO YOU HAVE A SAMSUNG OR ANY OTHER SMART TV…PLS SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK?

Here’s a link to the Samsung Smart TV site

ps; I dont work for Samsung nor have I been paid to say this 😉

 

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