Windows 10 Interface. Microsoft is remaining relevant by trying to meet the needs of both developers and end-users. (via Microsoft)
Microsoft is on a mission for world domination, and it might just claim the throne. The technology giant has been on a mission this year to woo both end-product users and developers. With an impressive, inclusive software platform and cool, off-the-shelf consumer goods, Microsoft will keep its place as one of the largest tech companies on the globe.
Kicking off Spring 2015, Microsoft announced that it would enter into partnership with Arduino to create the first “Arudino Certified” products that incorporate some of the best maker hardware with a more user-friendly software platform. With this, the company also announced partnership with Raspberry-Pi, Intel and Hackster.IO. Perhaps learning from failed product releases, Microsoft opted to offer a developer preview for its new Windows 10 IoT platform, dubbed the Core Insider. Developers can conduct a test run of how Windows 10 operates on Rapsberry Pi and Intel’s Minnowboard Max, and then give Microsoft useful feedback so the platform will be ready for release this summer.
Next in line of things intended to win you over, Microsoft announced that it opened its Windows 10 platform for both Android and iOS app developers. This is huge. Microsoft offers cool gadgets, in theory, like tablets and phones that simulate the power of a laptop or desktop computer, but the lack of available apps and programs for the devices makes them unappealing to many consumers. Well, all of that is about to change. At Build, Microsoft announced that its Windows 10 platform would include an Android subsystem and iOS developers can upload Objective C code directly into its Visual Studio platform, making Windows 10 app development as easy as Java, two, C++.
Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about end-product users either. It’s saving its best trick for you. The Windows 10 phone will now be equipped with Continuum, allowing users to turn their mobile phone into a teeny-tiny desktop computer on the fly. The phone offers two modes: tablet and desktop. Desktop mode is activated when users plug an external keyboard and mouse into the phone, and deactivated with a touch-authorization once the devices are unplugged. Best of all, the old Windows interface is back. This is a great option for anyone tired of lugging their laptop around. The Continuum feature will require a hardware update, but the convenience may be worth it.
Microsoft is showing the world that it is doing what it takes to remain relevant in a global, fast-paced world. While being proprietary may have worked in the 1990s, companies will need to work together to bring consumers an ever-changing list of demands. Keep your eyes peeled. Microsoft may have more up its sleeve yet.
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