In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Mary Jo, Tom Merritt, and I discuss Microsoft's purchase of Skype and what it means to the various application versions, Microsoft and Hadoop, Microsoft's Windows Phone chief has tough words for iPhone and Android, Blackberry has a worldwide outage at a bad time, a lot more Windows 8 stuff, Surface 2.0 delays, and Microsoft's marketing plans for the holiday season.
Like many, I was hoping to see a new Lumia flagship before the end of 2014, and while I was pleasantly surprised in some ways by both the Lumia 735 and 830, neither offers the level of performance or best-in-market camera quality I had come to expected from Microsoft/Nokia's high-end devices. So I pulled the trigger on an unlocked Windows Phone flagship that will hopefully take me through at least the first half of this year. Or until Microsoft gets off its low-end fixation and satisfies the needs of its biggest fans....More
It's been a while since the last What I Use, but there haven't been many major changes since late last year: Surface Pro 3 has become my go-to travel companion, I've added a third cellphone line for testing Windows Phone, Android and iPhone side-by-side, and have rotated through some new tablets and other devices. We've also switched from FIOS to Comcast and added to our set-top box collection....More