Some thoughts on mobile -
If you go back and look at the history of productivity apps you’ll see that each major user interface shift led to new classes of productivity apps. Back in the 70s and 80s, when computers had text-based interfaces, word processor applications like Wordperfect and spreadsheet applications like Lotus 1-2-3 were invented. In the 80s and 90s, when graphical interfaces became popular, presentation apps like Powerpoint and photo editing apps like Photoshop were invented. If the historical pattern repeats, productivity apps that are “native” to the tablet will be invented.
Things like Paper strike me as getting there already.
Times, they are a-changin’…
(Source: smarterplanet, via emergentfutures)
The Microsoft Era is over -
MIT Technology Review: “In 2009 Microsoft’s software was on 90%of all computing devices (PCs, phones, tablets). Today, only on 23% of devices sold”.
It happened without them noticing, but Microsoft lost its empire overnight. Mobile, consumerization of IT and Cloud apps are to blame.
Marissa Mayer: no BS -
“I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr!
We promise not to screw it up.”
I love Marissa’s style. 0% BS. Business Speak, that is (of course).
I wish all corporate communications, internal and external, were more open, direct, concise and to the point. Many times businessspeak gets in the way of productivity, disruption and enablement.
Godspeed Marissa and Yahoo!
Google has always been about inferring and serving up information. Facebook is about implicit actions. The new Google+ design is an extension of that thinking. And as Vic Gundotra, Google’s Senior Vice President of Google+ said: “We have put Google in Google+. — Om Malik on Google+ redesign.
Google Users Now Have 15 GB of Storage Space Shared Between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos
Amazon is Google 2.0 -
Amazon.com Inc is known in the advertising industry as the sleeping giant because the world’s largest Internet retailer harbors a trove of consumer-spending data…
Amazon is a singular company. They run a gigantic retail operation virtually at zero profit. They excel at delivering goods to customers in an inexpensive, efficient and satisfactory way. In many ways, Amazon is the perfect store.
They just do not make money from selling. What is their long-term business plan, then?
It’s simple. They are the new and improved Google. Google 2.0.
Google entices users with an exceptional search engine for free. Millions search there. Google takes the knowledge of what people search, and resells that knowledge to advertisers.
Amazon entices users with an exceptional shopping experience, and takes almost no cut. Millions shop there. Amazon takes the knowledge of what people actually purchase, and, now, is reselling that knowledge to advertisers.
If you were to pick a knowledge base to market your product, would you rather get the users that search for your product or the users that buy your product? Me too.
There it is. Amazon just became a mighty player in the ad-selling arena. And Google faces yet another behemoth to go against.
Chipre: La ley del embudo - Esperanza Aguirre -
"Android Before Android" -
Jo Best of ZDNet looks at Nokia’s Windows Phone and remaining Symbian devices versus the low-end Series 40 and Series 30 devices:
After all, unlike the smartphone segment, there are still battles to be fought and won for Nokia in the mid and low-end. Nokia’s Windows Phone and Symbian ranges may have an average selling price of €186, bringing in €1.2bn in sales, it’s still small fry compared to S40 and its lower-end cousin S30. Devices on the platforms manage an average selling price of a mere €31, but when Nokia is shifting around 80 million of them in the last quarter, that’s €2.5bn of sales – double what those fancy Windows Phones bring in.
How poorly is Windows Phone doing for Nokia? So poorly that not only are S40 and S30 phones outselling their (true) smartphone brethren, they’re bringing in double the money.
Best’s parallels between Nokia with Symbian competing in the high-end of the mobile market versus Nokia with S40 and S30 in the low-end of the market is interesting as well. Android. Is. Coming.