Thurrott Daily: February 24

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mobile with 0 Comments

Thurrott Daily: February 24

Madrid, Spain: Five years ago this week

A few tidbits from around the web.

2/24/2016 10:06:44 AM

People app for Windows 10 Mobile updated with contact History tab

The People app for Windows 10 Mobile was updated overnight with support for a “new” History tab for contact sheets. (This feature was previously available in Windows Phone OS.) It works as expected: You can see a nice time-based rundown of your interactions with the person you’re viewing.

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Facebook launches “reactions” worldwide

Facebook is finally expanding on its “Like” feature with a range of reactions, meaning you’ll no longer need to “Like” a post that’s about a terrible event.

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Here’s the word from Facebook:

We’ve been listening to people and know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel. That’s why today we are launching Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way.

To add a reaction, hold down the Like button on mobile or hover over the Like button on desktop to see the reaction image options, then tap either Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry.

I like.

Spotify is going Google

Spotify announced this week that it has a “Googley” future.

We’re working with the Google Cloud Platform team to provide platform infrastructure for Spotify, everywhere.

At Spotify we are obsessed with providing a streaming experience that feels as though you have all the music in the world on your phone. Historically, we’ve taken a traditional approach to doing this … [but now] the move to the cloud a no-brainer for us. Google, in our experience, has an edge here, but it’s a competitive space and we expect the big players to be battling it out for the foreseeable future.

I don’t know of anyone who thinks Google has an “edge” in this kind of thing, with most ranking the big three as Amazon in first, Azure in second and Google a very distant third. This is actually pretty curious to me.

“Solid support for Apple: Nearly half of Americans support Apple ‘s decision to oppose a federal court order demanding that it unlock a smartphone used by a terrorist.”

So. More than half do not. Sounds solid.