SkyDrive iPhone App Review

SkyDrive is more impressive than Dropbox and other cloud storage services in one aspect, SkyDrive allows free 25GB of storage space.  Microsoft has also released SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone.  Perhaps, the SkyDrive app for iPad and Mac will come out soon, but I’m not sure.  As now, the search for SkyDrive for Mac and iPad in Apple’s App Store turns up empty.

SkyDrive app for iPhone is good but can be made better!  I can’t make the same comment for Windows Phone since I don’t have a Windows Phone.  Why it is good but not really good?  Unless I’ve no idea what I’m doing, it turns out that I can only upload individual photo or video but not entire folder of photos or videos at once onto SkyDrive with SkyDrive iPhone app.  Imagine people who have thousands of photos and more than a dozen of videos on their iPhone would have to take ages to upload all their contents onto SkyDrive using SkyDrive iPhone app.

The uploading of a photo from iPhone to SkyDrive using SkyDrive iPhone app is simple and easy.  Just tap on the sharing icon on the upper right corner of the iPhone screen, you can then tap on the Add a Photo or Video button to add a photo or video.  Right underneath the Add a Photo or Video button, you’ll see Create a Folder button which allows you to create a new folder for storing more contents.  Sharing a photo is easy too.  By tapping on a photo to view, tap the photo again when it is in full screen mode to reveal the sharing button on the upper right corner of the iPhone screen, and tap on the sharing button to review the Send a Link button.  Tapping on Send a Link button, you can send a link to someone’s email to allow a person to view or view and edit your photo.  Above the Send a Link button, there is a Download button which allows you to download a photo easily in case you have deleted such a photo from iPhone and wanted to recover it from SkyDrive.  Deleting a photo or a video, users have to view a photo or video in thumbnail mode, and then slide the finger from left to right on the thumbnail photo of a photo or video to reveal a Delete button.  Tap on Delete button to remove the photo or video from SkyDrive.  You can also delete the whole folder by viewing the folder in thumbnail mode and slide a finger the same way you do with a photo or video.

In summary, SkyDrive iPhone app is very limited in features.  The uploading and sharing of photos and videos are easy as pie, and so SkyDrive iPhone app deserves a praise here.  One other cool thing about SkyDrive iPhone app is that it allows you to take a photo or film a video immediately from your iPhone and upload to SkyDrive directly.  Altogether, SkyDrive iPhone app needs more features, but it’s still awesome since it allows users to interact with a free 25 GB of storage space on the go.

Side Note:  I’m baffled of not knowing how to upload a document using SkyDrive iPhone app.  Sure, iPhone isn’t a great tool in creating and editing documents, but I think this app should allow users to upload documents nonetheless.  Just a thought!

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Windows 8 Might Help Microsoft Dominates Smartphone Market For Good!

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Microsoft is bold and subtle at the same time.  Many people might not realize that they would unintentionally switch to Windows Phone eventually, because when they use Windows 8 on PC more and more, the benefits of having Windows Phone are tremendous.  Of course, nobody knows the future, and that is only a guess of mine.  Nonetheless, to be bold and somewhat careless I say that Microsoft’s Windows Phone might eventually win the smartphone war if there is actually a smartphone war.  How?  Only Microsoft can convince people to stick with PC longer, and we don’t even have to wait for the arrival of Windows 8 to prove it since Windows 7 is doing a good job of staying relevant.

Business sector is so important to the economy, and the economy is so important to business sector; business sector and the economy are very important to Windows Phone and Windows Phone might too be very important for so and so.  Especially, the economy has been hopping on one leg, I don’t see how the business sector would want to buy each employee a Mac unless Apple makes the Mac a lot cheaper or makes a special case for business sector. This is why I think when Windows 8 comes out, the business sector will go on trying to upgrade their affordable PCs and laptops to Windows 7.  While at it, they will ponder on upgrading to Windows 8, too.  Windows 8 is the key to why I think Microsoft will win the smartphone war if there is truly a smartphone war.

Windows 8 is designed to shine on as many components there are within Microsoft ecosystem.  It’s all about the coherence of an ever tighter software and hardware intertwining ecosystem; connecting people tightly together through technology so data can be facilitated as if hardware and software boundary don’t matter in a technology ecosystem.  Well, that’s how I see Windows 8 would do for Microsoft ecosystem.  So, in the very very near future, you and I pick up a tablet or a smartphone, it might not be too hard for us to see that PC isn’t going anywhere as Windows 8 would remind us of PC even though we might be holding a smartphone or a tablet.  Think about it, business folks don’t do serious typing and calculation and planning and designing on smartphones and tablets, because it’s just simply a fool’s errand to do such things on those half-serious devices.  Just take a look at real estate of a screen of one of those on-the-go (i.e., mobile) devices and it would be crystal clear to see why it’s not possible to do serious works.

I think PC will stay around much much longer than we could ever imagine.  Its form might change but its purpose has to be making serious works seem easy.  So, as long PC stays around for foreseeable future, who says Microsoft doesn’t have a chance to convert most people over to Windows Phone?  It is just making sense that Windows Phone and Windows 8 would fit nicely alongside each other.  It is just making sense that people might want to fully invest in Microsoft ecosystem for Windows 8 is the key to encourage them to do so.  From PC to smartphone, and even gaming console such as Xbox 360, all could be somewhat coherent as Metro style would be the dominant design/theme to tie most components within Microsoft ecosystem together.  I think, a coherent ecosystem is the main key for Microsoft future success in regarding to a bid to win more customers over unless Metro style fails to charm the mass.  While at it Microsoft, why don’t you throw in your own version of Siri?

A Mango For Windows Phone 7 With 500 New Features

Microsoft refuses to be outdone by Google and Apple, and so these folks at Redmond will release an update version of Windows Phone 7 this fall.  The codename for this new update version of Windows Phone 7 is Mango.  Mango boasts to have 500 new features.  Check out the video on Mango right after the break.

Source:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20065683-75.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Microsoft Plans To Release Windows Phone 7 Update, Code-Named Mango, Later This Year!

Since the inception of Windows Phone 7 till now, Microsoft is still lagging behind major players such as Android.  Microsoft has no choice since Windows Phone 7 was late to join the party.  Even worse, Microsoft has no choice in the matter of should the company stop dabbling with the market of smart phones, because company just can’t and won’t.  Microsoft knows that there always will be someone out there wants to have their hands on the latest smart phones, and to not beef up Windows Phone 7 is just plain crazy and stupid.  To beefing up Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is going to release the next update for Windows Phone 7, code-named Mango, later this year.  Mango will allow Windows Phone 7 users to have multitasking capability, IE9, augmented reality capability, and various newer applications.

Source:  http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Windows-Phone-7-Mango-Update-Bringing-Multitasking-Speed-443644/

Windows Phone 7 Live Tile Concept Makes Static Screen Concept So 2010

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Picture from the Samsung Omnia 7 (also known as Samsung I8700) with Windows Phone 7 Homescreen. Deutsch: Bild des Samsung Omnia 7 (auch bekannt als Samsung I8700) mit Windows Phone 7 Homescreen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Windows Phone 7 does look very responsive as you can see in the video below,

Besides a responsive and futuristic UI (User Interface), Windows Phone can look very stylish and classy with HTC HD7 which shows in the video below,

I have to say Windows Phone 7 does make the other smart phones look outdated especially for the ones that are creating their UI around the idea of application centric.  It’s not to be misunderstood that Windows Phone 7 isn’t application capable, but it’s quite application friendly just like any other smart phone — only that Windows Phone 7 decides to concentrate on simplifying the meaningful tasks that even a monkey can use it (don’t take this literally, or you be disappointed).

Another good thing that Windows Phone 7 will have is that more applications will be developed for Windows Phone 7 as the tools that to be used for developing Windows Phone 7 applications are free.  Microsoft is releasing these tool for free.  An example of a free tool would be Visual Studio.  Developers can go to http://create.msdn.com/en-US/ for downloading free tools.  A thumb up for Microsoft in doing this as now the market base for smart phones has just gotten bigger and better for the developers who want to make even more money.  There isn’t a reason why a developer would be only developing iPhone applications or Android applications but not Windows Phone 7 applications, the bigger the market base the more users there are for a developer to sell his or her applications.

As long there are more smart phone developers jump onto the Windows Phone 7 wagon, the better for Windows Phone 7 users in term of more choices for applications.  Microsoft knows this well beforehand, and so the company decides the tools for developing new applications for Windows Phone 7 should be free — a plus for the developers as they can also use the same tools to develop applications for Windows 7 operating system and XBox.  It’s good that Windows Phone 7 is coming out.

I love Google TV and anticipate for it, but I hope Google is using Windows Phone 7 as a lesson for their Google TV’s UI.  Static UI is so 2010.  I feel that UI should be alive just like humans are!  Take a look at Windows Phone 7, its funky square live tile start screen comes to life as it pulls in new data and images constantly.  Notice I use the words funky square live tile start screen, because I think the aesthetic side of the UI needs to be improved, but I settle with its live tile as it’s alive.  Google TV may look outdated before it even comes out in term of UI unless its screen is just as alive or even more than Windows Phone 7.  I don’t even want to talk about the static screens of Android and iOS (i.e., Droid X and iPhone 4).

Nonetheless, those are my opinions regard to how big of an impact I think Windows Phone 7 has made even though it’s not even yet ready to be shipped out.  By the way, you don’t have to agree with my opinions as you are also entitling to your very own opinions!  So, what you think about Windows Phone 7?  Would you buy one if you have the chance?