02 Aug Microsoft Windows 10 and the Lumia 1030
Microsoft has been shipping out versions of the new Microsoft 10 Mobile operating system for several Lumia devices of late, currently as a preview, but soon as a full upgrade. These upgrades are possible on many Microsoft Lumia phones, but not all, it very much depends on the hardware. Despite some announcements and efforts by Microsoft engineers, the Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile will not support 64-bit operation. If it is any consolation, at least the ghastly built in internet browser will finally be replaced by the much better and eagerly awaited Spartan, or Microsoft Edge, as it is now called. Spartan did sound better, but the stuffy scientists employed by Microsoft were reluctant to forego their beloved “e” logo of the horrible Internet Explorer, hence Edge – another missed opportunity by Microsoft.
In any case, Microsoft decided to release a new flagship device with the final version, or rather the official release of Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile, which is supposed to happen by Fall 2015. The rumoured device will be the Microsoft Lumia 1030 and some of the specs are not available as of yet, but the processor is expected to be a quad-core CPU, possibly Qualcomm, with 32 GB internal and 2 GB RAM memory, expansion per microSD. The five inch screen will be Samsung’s AMOLED 1920 x 1080 pixels, 441 ppi touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Of all the specs, the true stand-out feature is the primary camera, which is supposed to have 50 MP and Carl Zeiss optics. This seems much, but the Lumia 1020 had already 41 MP, this would be a step up in the very same direction. If nothing else, NOKIA did always have excellent cameras in their phones, at least this much is still being treasured in whatever is left of the Finnish giant that got gobbled up by behemoth Microsoft.
Microsoft does have serious plans with the smartphone market and does insist on pushing the unification of platforms per operating system. It is a good idea, the bad idea is that it is a Windows platform and nobody truly wants Windows on a handheld device. People did widely reject Windows 8, even on PCs, where tons of computers, which came with Windows 8 pre-installed got reformatted and Windows 7 got installed. Offering Windows 10 for free is the least Microsoft can do, but it remains to be seen how far the customers will allow Microsoft to bully them into accepting the new OS. There are still a quarter of a billion users who run Windows XP. Windows 7 is on two thirds of all desktops worldwide, not counting the aforementioned reinstalling activities.
The time of relentlessly upgrading software and operating systems for PCs is over. People do like to have the latest OS on their handheld devices, though, smartphones in particular, because the improvements being made are truly stellar. On the other hand, the Windows 10 does not offer anything new to the PC user, just provides hassle to find drivers for all the devices already purchased, incompatibility with games and software, the need to adapt on some dull tablet-like interface and much more, which really turns off plenty of users. It really needs to be explained to the Microsoft staff that nobody really likes what they are doing of late and that they should have been trying to improve the already available instead of providing new stuff nobody wants.
Microsoft, did you forget the Tablet PC disaster, where you manufactured Tablet PCs in 2001, almost ten years before the first iPad by Apple was introduced, and not a single person was interested in buying that? Are you aware that Microsoft Mobile phones, or rather phones featuring Windows Mobile are available since 1996, where Windows CE was introduced, and still nobody wants them? Microsoft do you know that even if you purchased NOKIA, the newly resurrected NOKIA that will manufacture phones starting with 2016 will be more popular and is already more popular than anything you did and are doing with your Microsoft smartphone brand?
The broad public has embraced the Windows operating system, but not in all of their incarnations. Duds such as Windows Me, Windows Vista and sadly Windows 8 have made people cautious, particularly if they are already running a pretty good and functional Windows version, such as Windows 7. Giving the latest OS out for free, even to people with less than genuine versions, shows that Microsoft is desperate to remove the old, very well-functioning OS versions Windows XP and Windows 7 in order to force the new OS upon all users, making them victims of the failed Microsoft policy and thereby inadvertently bringing by the long awaited demise of the common desktop PC.