The Sams Report EP 83: Blue Shift To Redstone 3

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The Sams Report is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the world of Microsoft. With the company transforming the way it operates and Nadella putting his own touch on all aspects of the organization, the Sams Report breaks down the news and offers insight from insider sources.

On this episode, it’s time to prepare for the Creators update, dive into Redstone 3, and Surface frenzy is abound.

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  • Detective Polarphant

    31 March, 2017 - 1:35 pm

    <p>It's really strange that they are selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 in Microsoft Stores in the U.S. All the Lumia models have been removed from the UK online store, and I think from all the other European stores – you can only buy the HP Elite or the Acer Liquid Jade Primo now…not much choice.</p><p>Meanwhile you can buy quite a few different Lumias and other brands of Windows Phone in the U.S. Store.</p><p>It's weird because Windows Phone sold much better in Europe than the U.S. and now you more or less can't buy them here – not even the Samsung…do they have new ones coming or they just gave up !</p>

  • hrlngrv

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    31 March, 2017 - 3:11 pm

    <p>Running software locally on phones docked to large/desktop I/O devices and looking like a desktop is one possible future. Another is desktop software running in the cloud and only a connection app and the UI running on local hardware. For workplace use, the latter is more economical, more flexible, and more capable. The last because, e.g., FULL Excel can run remotely, but Excel on a phone is a toy. Maybe underpowered software is adequate for many, but it's limited.</p><p>Has the HP Elite X3 reignited the Windows phone market? No? Then why assume Continuum is the most likely future?</p>

  • ponsaelius

    31 March, 2017 - 5:51 pm

    <p>Good points in the Podcast.</p><p><br></p><p>On Dex versus Continuum. Let's cast minds back to the July 2015 Nadella memo on phone. He said;</p><p><br></p><ol><li>There would be 3 models; low end for consumers, business and premium flagship for fans.</li><li>Concentration on the enterprise.</li><li>Continuum would be a brand differentiator.</li></ol><p><br></p><p>Looking over the last 18 months. Microsoft has stopped making all first party hardware. Windows 10 Mobile was released heavily buggy. The current Windows phones are all made by third parties with HP delivering a Continuum based solution.</p><p><br></p><p>Since HP's solution is really a connection to workspace by remote access virtually any PC could do the same thing. It's Continuum as a terminal rather than a must have device.</p><p><br></p><p>As long as Dex can run an RDP session it can do what Continuum does now. It also has usable apps. </p><p><br></p><p>I think each one of the Nadella memo objectives has failed to be achieved. Moreover, the hardcore of Windowsphone advocates have been abandoning a platform that most people believe Microsoft has abandoned. </p><p><br></p><p>If you are going to advertise Windowsphone is over what you need to do is sell Android phones in your retail stores and have no product of your own in stock. Guess what…..</p><p><br></p><p>On Cortana. You need to ask which Cortana. She is a different person to everyone. For me in the UK we just got Cortana on Android. However other than asking for the weather or directions she pretty much just does a web search. Typing the search would be faster most of the time. Context is rarely there. To be fair she is better with public transport in Britain but knows very little about tracking flights – you need Google for that.</p><p><br></p><p>When American blogs get excited about Cortana it's rather lost on the rest of the planet. Maybe articles ought to have "US Only" attached to them when Microsoft can't confirm a feature is available anywhere outside the US. Alexa is global so basically a Cortana based home device for me would be almost useless.</p><p><br></p>

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