Category Archives: Operating Systems

Yoga and weight loss

Fear not, dear readers. Techspressive has not become a fitness blog. They say that we don’t see many big announcements at CES anymore, but that hasn’t been true for Lenovo, which has shown off a string of interesting form-factor PCs at the last several shows that captured attendee attention. These include, in reverse chronological order, the Horizon table PC, in 2013, the Yoga in 2012 (since discontinued but followed by Intel-based successors), and the U1 Hybrid in 2010 that never … Continue reading

A big week for ecosystems

In the lull following the shipment of the Galaxy S4 and before Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June, two former market share leaders will reveal their next move in contending for establish the #3 smartphone ecosystem. I’ve written before about the contrasts between Nokia and BlackBerry, nee RIM, in their battle for the bronze. BlackBerry has already says that its Z10 and Q10 will be their flagships for some time while it fills out the lower end. This would … Continue reading

Keeping Chrome and Android separate is the right move

SiliconAngle reports on Eric Schmidt’s debunking of the notion that Google’s two operating systems — Android and Chrome — would be converging any time soon in light of both teams now reporting up to the same executive, Sundar Pichai. And, no, he’s not bluffing. The three big ecosystem players today each have two operating systems that are split either on optimization for keyboard and mouse or form factor. Google’s line in the sand is not as defined as its competitors. … Continue reading

BlackBerry 10: Moving on from PlayBook  ʦ

Roger Cheng at CNET: You can’t accuse RIM of rushing out BlackBerry 10. If anything, the operating system is way overdue. But the company has clearly spent the time to work out the kinks, and the early experience with the software has been pleasantly surprising. RIM isn’t aping a trend or trying something completely new with BlackBerry 10, it’s actually focusing on its core smartphone product. Absolutely, BlackBerry 10 is no PlayBook because the former is software and the latter … Continue reading

Microsoft may roll back Start menu

Byron Acohido in USA Today: Sinofsky successfully argued that it was crucial for the company to orient Windows PC users toward the look and feel of the all-new Windows 8 Surface touch tablet and the latest Windows Phone 8 smartphone models. He might have won the internal debate. But convincing millions of home and workplace users of Windows that the switch was for their own good hasn’t gone well. Microsoft’s bringing back of the Start button wouldn’t represent a retreat … Continue reading

Acer updates Surface competition view

Who can really say what has led Acer to become Microsoft’s problem child with regard to Surface? The 85% tablet/15$ laptop hybrid represents a relatively high-end tablet offering (but not a particularly high-priced PC offering) that isn’t where Acer’s brand has been. Perhaps the PC manufacturer is miffed because it sees Surface occupying an aspirational position. But so would all of its competitors. Still, Acer has now made a point of saying that it will sit out Windows RT until … Continue reading

Surface RT: Microsoft should have waited

The first reviews for Surface RT are in and, while there seems to be an appreciation for its hardware features, including its various keyboard covers, most reviewers are disappointed with its software selection, advising readers to wait or at even pass. As I noted in my most recent Switched On column, Windows RT is the tougher test of the appeal of the Windows 8-style environment as it lacks backward compatibility with most desktop-style apps. One way to look at Surface … Continue reading

Chromebook: Breaking through the clamshell mystique

An old Yogi Berra quote could be applied to the notebook market: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” Microosft has subtly snubbed the popular clamshell with its first Windows device, Surface, even as it seeks to recreate some of the form factor’s advantages. I’ve ben writing for a while about the lack of interest from Apple and Android device providers in getting their mobile phone operating systems into clamshells. But despite all the challenges facing any new operating system, … Continue reading

On Android’s tablet efforts  ʦ

Consumers don’t care about how apps come to take advantage of their devices, but they do notice an experience that doesn’t measure up to what a device is capable of. Google must match its Google Play push with its Android app efforts. My latest Switched On column discusses the various attempts Google has made to improve Android’s presence in the tablet market.

Reconciling the Windows brand  ʦ

There’s not much said here that couldn’t have been said for previous versions of Windws, e.g., a window to the backoffice, a window to the future. But Windows 8, from a more literal interface perspective, is actually the version where the name Windows makes the least sense.