Yesterday’s windows phone launch event

Well…it has happened, Microsoft has launched windows phone 8(?). Unfortunately I missed the event, and have been a bit overloaded with my day job. I plan on trying to do as much reading Ho in the news this week, and try to distill it for the blog here. (Now I just need a few more hours in the day, and days in the week).

Microsoft’s Surface RT

Well today I had a bit of time to watch the Microsoft Surface announcement from New York, and I have to say, I was impressed by what I saw.  I’ve been hoping that someone would help push Apple on the tablet side.  The team did a great job of building excitement during the presentation, and the features were pretty compelling.

Integration with the xBox ecosystem, a keyboard (I need to get my hands on demo of this – I believe a Microsoft store is opening in South Point tomorrow), Microsoft Office, Skype video (with one touch record), multiple apps on screen at the same time, and more all made me think, “Yeah, maybe I do need another tablet”.

The big proof will be when we see how many apps they have, and the quality of those apps.  There was a post from TechCrunch – that stated they will have more apps at launch than any other apps store.  They do point out, rightfully so, that this is a bit of a misleading statement.  How many of these apps are Windows apps that won’t run on a Windows RT device?  I am hoping that the Microsoft developers out there get it going and provide a compelling set of applications that sell a whole bunch of these. Why you may ask? Am I not an Apple Fan?  – Well yes, but I am also a Developer, and the more potential customers, the better for all of us!

Hopefully we are now seeing the entrance of a valid third platform, and we can all start creating even more cool apps!

Next Week is Big

Over the last month I’ve seen a lot of talk about the upcoming rumored iPad mini, Windows Phone, and Samsung’s latest device. All of these seem to be coming to a head next week.

October 23rd is Apple’s something little event, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note II on the 24th, Microsoft Announces Windows 8 on OCt. 25th, and on Friday Windows 8 goes on sale. And just to keep it up, the following Monday on the 29th Google is expected to announce a new Google Nexus device!

Can’t wait to see the reviews on all this new tech and to see how it may impact my development plans.

Windows 8 and the phone

It appears that Windows Phone SDK is finally getting released at the end of this month. I’ve been looking at a lot of different reports lately about the amount of apps by platform, the growth by platform, and popularity of various other aspects. To that end, whenever I see these reports I think “would I, should I, learn yet another phone platform and target it?” I am sure many other mobile developers are thinking about this same thing.

When people look at stocks, the saying is, you buy on the rumor and sell on the news.

If you use this thought process for you mobile app development, does that mean that we should all be coding for Windows Phone 8 by now? The Analysts keep saying it is going to be huge!! I know this report is a bit old, but I’ve not found any report that says this prediction has changed. So to me, this is the rumor… It also becomes a self fulfilling prophecy… if we follow the idea above. People go to where the apps are, so if we build apps on the rumor, the apps will be there.

The flipside the also becomes true, we all know the news of iOS and Android. they are hugely successful with so many potential users for our apps. They are both continuing to grow fast! So if we build on the rumor suddenly there won’t be new apps for these popular platforms. And people will leave them.. to go for the new apps… over on Windows.

I’m not sure.. I think I will continue to write for IOS.

Appcelerator’s Quarterly Survey Results show iOS dominant in the Enterprise

For all the talk about how Apple is not enterprise friendly, I was surprised to find the news that more than 50% of enterprise app developers want to target iOS in the quarterly survey that Appcelerator runs.

Survey Results

From Appcelerator’s quarterly survey

This shift from Android to iOS continues to reflect, in my opinion, the challenges of targeting Android’s plethora of form factors, and the continued dominance of the iPad in the enterprise for tablets.  I am not sure that this result will last too long, given the amazing popularity of the Nexus tablet, and the continued lack of a 7 inch iPad option.

The other big potential monkey wrench is Windows 8 and its support of both Desktop and Tablets in one package.  This should make for some interesting times for App developers over the next year.

Windows Phone and Windows 8

During the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft made the consumer preview of Windows 8 available to the general public. I had taken the ISO image and installed it on a VM. My goal was to isolate it completely and test out the value of the new Metro based interface.

When I had original done some testing with the developer preview last fall, I ran into a lot of problems, and was really down on the whole idea of putting a phone interface on a desktop; however I think Microsoft has done a great job of addressing a lot of issues I had. The dev preview seemed to require a tablet, but they have addressed this and now a mouse is just as good (almost).

You may ask why am I musing about a desktop operating system in a App blog. I believe that this trend of merging the Mobile and the Desktop operating systems certainly the trend that will continue. Both Microsoft and Apple are doing this with their next operating systems. From all we’ve heard about Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and from what is public on Windows 8, both environments are taking the benefits and features of their mobile OSes and moving them to the desktop. Both Apple and Microsoft have enabled a Desktop App Store. Both have enabled location based services at the desktop level.

The open question is, when will we as developers be able to create one app and have it deployable on either platform. I believe that we will see this become available on the Microsoft platform much quicker than on the Apple platform.

The missing component here is Google and the Android ecosystem. Yes, you can run Android on Tablets and Phones, but a true Google Desktop operating system has note truly materialized. I would expect that this will happen if Microsoft is successful in their Windows 8 play.