Windows Weekly 559: Wear Socks to Bed

Leo, Mary Jo, and I discuss Microsoft’s email case at the Supreme Court, Apple v. Azure, PWAs and Flutter, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Games with Gold!

A day early, but you can get started on March’s games right now.

Plus: COD:WWII gamers on Xbox/PC have a nice addition coming this week

App pick of the week: Grammarly for mobile

Grammarly for Android was just updated

Plus: Microsoft Edge for iOS updated with 3D touch

Enterprise pick of the week: True guest access to be available for MS Teams starting March 5


Plus: There might be a free, standalone version of Teams coming after all (nice one, Fireman Sams!)

Codename pick of the week: Zanzibar

Another interesting find from The Cat That Walks in the Night (and an assist from Tero Alhonen). Zanzibar is “a new sensing platform that enables novel forms of play and interaction” that is from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. It seems to be part of the Connected Play initiative.

Beer pick of the week: Other Half Forever Ever

It’s craft beer week in NYC! One of my favorite breweries is Other Half in Brooklyn. They make amazing IPAs of all strengths. Forever Ever is their sessionable yet deliciously hoppy 4.7 -er that every beer drinker (other than Paul) would love

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  • nbplopes

    06 March, 2018 - 5:43 am

    <p><strong>On the Ireland Case:</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Even though the nature of digital its fluid at some point it meets the physical nature of things. It is for me very clear that the physical nature should rule this and other matters.</p><p><br></p><p>Under this circumstances, asking MS, or any other US private company, seeking such of territory invasion for a state to fulfil its duties, should be an act against international law. The same for any other country trying to establish these kind of procedures. </p><p><br></p><p>There are procedures in place to seek the approval of the state governing the territory where companies operate. I'm sure that in case of terrorism there are even fast track channels of communication as Paul alluded.</p><p><br></p><p>I personally find this tentative moves, understandable yet a bit disturbing in abstract.</p><p><br></p><p>Today businesses that use clouds should have to implement measures where partition of services and data needs to take into account the notion of not only privacy but also citizenship / residence. Much as media companies are already doing with stores.</p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The question is how to identify such citizenship / residence without revealing much personal details to whoever requires it. The solution could be to create some kind of state emitted personal digital passport agreed amongst the free states, probably using blockchain or something similar. Much like passports we have. This is needed right now and should not be left to private companies solve and secure in my opinion. Tax payers should demand these kinds of solutions.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong>On PWAs and Apple:</strong></p><p><br></p><p>I think the way Apple will handle this is by providing different security constraints, wether the PWA serviced by the App Store, or through Safari. They seam to head towards this starting with Safari. For instance, it is clear that the constraints in Safari web workers is headed to purpose data storage abilities to caching, disallowing full blown standalone and unconnected behaviour. If the PWA is than deployed in the App Store a broader set of behaviour are allowed (through WKWebView or something).</p><p><br></p><p>We should not see this with the naive view that this is just Apple being Apple. Apple has a very good ecosystem of new gen apps that actually works, both for the consumer (value) and for devs ($$). Unlike Google and even more unlike MS. Putting it in another way, if MS had its way with UWP, probably Paul would not be so adamant about PWA's, I guess. Notice that UWP did not run anywhere else by on top of Windows.</p><p><br></p><p>Notice that if we look at the numbers, Apple does not have to do anything of this. Yet through this move they understand that it might be great for developers, especially the smaller software houses/teams, as they have done in other instances. I think this is great.</p><p><br></p><p>I also think this hybrid approach is better for everyone, including Apple and the end users. People may argue anyway they against App Stores in comparison to simply being downloading apps of any nature from the web (tax, bla bla bla bla). But if we compare the diversity of apps/services and its accessibility that we have today, in comparison with what it what before the rise of the App Store distribution model, it tells a different story. In particular to smaller devs.</p><p><br></p><p>In the end of the day PWA is about appfying the Web 🙂 As long that can be done simply in iOS in one way or another, who cares.</p><p><br></p><p>Cheers.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>


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