The Sams Report EP 61: Microsoft’s Many Things

Posted on October 21, 2016 by Brad Sams in Podcasts, The Sams Report with 5 Comments

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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.

Microsoft is firing out invites left and right as they gear up for a busy fall and I take a closer look at everything on the horizon for Microsoft; the event next week has the eyes of the world upon it.

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    gsmith-plm Alpha Member #1599 - 1 month ago

    Brad, regarding the whole phone vs tablet vs laptop (hybrid) issue...

    I understand that you, like many people, can and do use a phone for things that I might use a tablet for.  But many of us want something with a bit more screen real estate.  This may account for the fact that phones are getting larger and also for the existance of mini-tablets. 

    To my mind (or rather to my eyes) a mini-tablet is just silly - it's too small to replace a tablet but too large to replace a phone.  But clearly many others find this to be a perfectly reasonable screen size.  My wife has one and her eyesight isn't as good as mine.  IOW, people will gravitate to the what works for them at a price that is acceptable.  Or, sadly in many cases, that thing that has the best marketing behind it.

    I have a Surface Pro 3 that I use for work and it sits on a rolling table beside my living room chair for easy access when I'm not working.  But except for cases where I am working or doing something that requires a lot of typing (like this), I find that an iPad (not a mini) is often the better choice because it's just easier to use.  AND the selection of worthwhile apps beats the heck out of the competition.  I actually was using an iPad to check some things while watching this podcast on my Surface. 

    So, before you pronounce the tablet as being dead, I think you need to see why the iPad continues to be the go to device for so many people.  Time may prove that the market is changing as more and more phone centric people take over the market place, but that's a while off yet.

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      Brad Sams Alpha Member #2 - 1 month ago
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    ponsaelius Alpha Member #1328 - 1 month ago

    A better question than "when will Microsoft stop reporting phone earnings" would be "when will Microsoft just put the phone business out of it's misery and close it down".

     

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    djncanada Alpha Member #2026 - 1 month ago

    Hi Brad

    Some comments regarding tablets vs 2 in 1

    • enterprises are rethinking how to outfit senior staff that have laptops and iPads
    • Surface devices can authenticate to Active Directory without need for 3rd party solutions like MobileIron
    • mobile devices are still challenged for security
    • for me, I have an iPad Pro and Surface Book, iPad Pro is an awesome 2nd screen for Surface Book using Duet Display, it is much lighter than traveling with multiple 27" screen and setup is very quick for doing work in an airport or coffee shop
    • my biggest challenge is finding a solution for input for meetings, I think iPad does not work super well, same with Surface Book, I am thinking the Yoga Book may work as a 3rd device

     

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      Brad Sams Alpha Member #2 - 1 month ago
      In reply to djncanada:

      Good feedback, thx!