Category Archives: microsoft mobile platform

Hands-on with Dell Venue Pro and the second generation of Windows 8 tablets

I recently got my hands on a Dell Venue Pro Windows 8.1 tablet and an active stylus to go with it. Here are my brief impressions on the product and what it means to the Windows 8 ecosystem and Microsoft and Dell’s shared dreams for tablet domination. Background Microsoft launched its own tablet line with […]

Microsoft Surface tablet: The Good and the not so good.

Almost five months after the launch of the Surface tablet, I finally had a chance to spend quality time with it. In the past, my time with the device was limited to less than 30 minutes which didnt constitute enough to write about it. I have had a device with me for a few hours […]

Using NFC Tags to simplify your digital life

Near Field Communications(NFC) has been one of those technologies that hasnt quite caught on in the US. Google has tried its best to make the tech mainstream via payments (Google Wallet) and Android Beam but it hasnt quite taken off. It is almost as if the entire industry is waiting for Apple to show the […]

Nokia’s Last Stand

Nokia officially announced its long rumored and recently outed Windows Phone 8 devices with Lumia 920 (Phi) and Lumia 820 (Arrow). Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia announced these devices earlier today in New York. The premium 920 boasts specs and features on par with the best the smartphone industry has to offer while the mid-end┬áLumia […]

Apple vs. Samsung: It affects you.

Like many of you, I have been following the Apple vs. Samsung case with great interest. As a mobile technologist, it affects every aspect of the business I am in and beyond that, this is one of if not the largest technology patent litigation, in, ever. On Friday evening, Judge Lucy Koh’s jury in San […]

Microsoft Surface and Tablet Wars: Part Deux

Before I start my post, I definitely wanted to get out a couple of “I told you so’s”. I dont get to do them too often. So bear with me. Earlier this year, I wrote a post on 2012 being the year of Microsoft. While there is a lot of 2012 left, Microsoft definitely is […]

The new iPad

I had a speculative post on the next iPad last week and turns out, much of it was true. And one of the suggested pricing options ended up being the chosen one. Obviously, much of it was writing on the wall. Nevertheless, Apple delivered on much of what was expected. Without further ado, here is […]

The rise of the superphone

It used to be that the smartphone was the┬ádata and media capability rich big brother to the humble voice capability focused feature phone. That was until the iPhone and to a certain degree the first Droid phone arrived. Today, we dont talk much about smartphones as being the cool devices to desire. Instead we have […]

The Windows Tablet

After multiple false starts over the years, the first meaningful tablet play from Microsoft was formally announced this week. It borrows heavily from its well-intended but not so successful (not yet atleast) Metro UI for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Microsoft is betting the farm on this design, so much so, even their analyst day […]

The post-PC era

The term “post-PC” has been getting increased attention over the last few months. None more than today when the venerable Hewlett Packard, the king of PC’s humbly admitted that the PC era was over. It was a tacit acknowledgement that they didn’t not move fast enough to adapt. But there are some contradictions in the […]