Ben Thompson of Stratechery joins Rene to talk about Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella and the challenges he faces making money in mobile, why Motorola was so important to Lenovo, what it means for Samsung and Apple, and why good products aren't enough.
Satya Nadella has officially been named as Microsoft's third CEO, following the short line of Bill Gates and, until today, Steve Ballmer. Those are some enormous shoes to fill, both figuratively and literally. He inherits an enormous task as well — to steer one of the world's largest and most important companies into the future. That Microsoft chose Nadella, a cloud and enterprise veteran, gives us our first hint at their course. But just a hint.
If you had ever hoped to see Gears of War show up for your Mac or iPad, it's pretty safe to assume it's never going to happen. On Monday Microsoft Studios confirmed it had acquired the rights to the game from Epic Games, according to GamesIndustry International.
For a long time people with iPhones and iPads predominantly used Windows. In previous years the vast majority of people who read iMore read it using Windows. That's been changing. Right now, the number of people who read us on iOS is exploding, and Windows, shrinking. Right now, the number of people using iPads for things they used to use Windows for is increasing. Part of the reason for that is certainly the success Apple has had with their devices over the last few years. The other part is Windows 8. While some might imagine I'm biased, here's Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows:
You'd be forgiven for never having heard of this one before, but turns out Microsoft has its own social network of sorts and has now launched an app for the iPhone. Known as Socl – and pronounced social – today sees a simultaneous mobile launch of the first mobile apps for the network on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. And, it kinda sucks. A lot.
Another big name app has gone through the iOS 7 makeover today with Microsoft pushing out version 4.0 of its cloud service app SkyDrive. The most obvious thing that hits you is the new look interface that screams iOS 7, but it also makes full use of the new background sync capabilities with the new automatic camera upload feature.
If you're eagerly awaiting the arrival of a shiny new Xbox One on November 22, you'll no doubt be wanting the all new Smartglass app for your iPhone or iPad. Released today, Smartglass for Xbox One is a completely new and separate application to the existing Xbox 360 app.
Bing may not be the first app you think to install on your iPhone, but anyone who does use it is in for a treat with the latest update. Microsoft has pushed an iOS 7 styled redesign for their search platform out into the App Store, that also combines the company's new yellow flavored Bing branding and styling.
If Windows 8.1 is your desktop OS of choice – it's OK, we understand – you may or may not be aware that Microsoft has a pretty decent selection of cross-over apps to use on your iPhone and iPad. Truth is, it's never been a better time to be both a Windows and an iOS user. The popularity of the iPhone and the iPad makes both impossible to ignore, so if you want to get your Windows on, here are the iOS apps you'll need.
Alongside todays launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has debuted its previously announced Remote Desktop apps for both iOS and Android. Perhaps late to the party, Microsoft's free app is designed to get you onto your PC from wherever you are.