Microsoft hoped to reach 1 billion Windows 10 equipped terminals in 2-3 years. It is currently active on 600 million devices worldwide.
Windows 10 has found its way on 600 million active terminals, said CEO Satya Nadella.
Nadella made this comment at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on Wednesday, according to GeekWire. Microsoft was not immediately available to confirm the observation.
Goodbye billions of Windows 10
The company’s high hopes are based on the adoption of Windows 10, which has allowed it to move from being the sole software company to becoming a more service-oriented company.
Terry Myerson, vice president of operating systems at Microsoft, had originally set a target of 1 billion terminals within two to three years of the launch of Windows 10 in 2015.
The company finally had to give up this ambition, the fault in particular for the complete failure of its platform in the smartphone sector. Windows 10 must now allow the editor to resist in a world increasingly oriented towards mobile phones.
In comparison, Google claims, for example, more than 2 billion active users for Android. As for Apple, its iPhone has sold more than a billion units since its creation in 2007. Windows is no longer the only platform, and Microsoft has had to rethink its strategy to adopt an approach that includes other OSes.
Snapchat is preparing a significant update with a new interface. It is beginning to show through a few shared captures online.
Snapchat is in a difficult situation. In spite of its community, the company is struggling to break even, and competition has intensified. Worse still, Facebook did not hesitate to pick up on its functions and take over some of its peculiarities.
Evan Spiegel is well aware of the stakes involved and recently announced his intention to deploy a new version of his application at the end of the year.
Snapchat is going to get a new skin.
The latter will benefit from an entirely new interface that is both simpler and – above all – more intuitive. The idea is, of course, to make the tool accessible to the most significant world to revive growth and gain new market share.
Evan Spiegel returned to this new design during a panel discussion by presenting several visuals of this new interface.
The new Snapchat will, therefore, be entirely different from the old one and will require a separation between social content and media to simplify the use of the solution. Evan Spiegel is aware of taking a risk, but he thinks that this separation of materials will allow him to monetize the solution better.
On the one hand, the solution will always allow us to interact with our contacts and groups. On the other hand, it will present the different contents shared by the platform’s users, content displayed on an infinite grid composed of tiles, all with horizontal navigation.
In order not to lose the most frequent users, the application will always open on the camera. Snapchat will, therefore, continue to place creation at the heart of its priorities, and this is apparently a good thing, as it has also contributed to its success.
A more accessible interface to reconnect with success
To access the activity of your friends, the user will just need to scan the left panel. This page will list all the new content shared by the contacts, and it will, of course, be enough to tap on the element of its choice to display the text, image or video associated.
The right panel will show content shared by publishers, media, and the community. The Discover tab will be present, as well as for the Snap Map and the Collective Stories.
The content of this page will vary according to each user, and the tool will rely on the user’s personal preferences to bring up the most relevant elements. On the other hand, all indexed content will be systematically checked by the company’s employees before being published.
This tab will evolve in the coming months to highlight the content created by influencers and creators. The latter should, therefore, gain in visibility.
As a reminder, the new version of Snapchat will start rolling out at the beginning of December, but not everyone will be able to enjoy it at the same time. The company has opted for a progressive deployment.
Apple’s latest smartphone is not the expected revolution, but its facial recognition technology is particularly impressive.
The iPhone X, long awaited by Apple fans, is finally released. For this anniversary smartphone, released just ten years after the first iPhone in 2007, Apple wanted to mark the occasion and promised: “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”
So what is this new smartphone worth: is it different from its predecessors? After a week of hands-on experience, here are the three strong points and three weak points of the iPhone X.
Three reasons to buy it
First good point: design and ergonomics. With the iPhone X, we say goodbye to the iconic design of the iPhone, which has remained virtually unchanged since its inception with its unique round button and large rectangular screen. Apple has chosen to get rid of this physical button so that the screen occupies the entire front face of the phone. Featuring two glass fronts and aluminum contours, the iPhone X looks like a small high-tech gem.
The phone is equipped with a new 5.8-inch screen – the first OLED screen that meets iPhone standards, manufactured by its competitor Samsung. This Super Retina screen displays high-precision, vivid colors, and beautiful contrast.
Previous iPhone users will have to learn new gestures to navigate in the smartphone without the Home button. But ergonomics, which has always been a high point at Apple, is very well thought out and it only takes a few minutes to get used to, for example, getting out of an application by sliding your finger upwards.
Face ID “facial recognition is the great innovation of this phone. The user’s face becomes his password: he just has to look at his screen, and it unlocks almost instantly, or to confirm a purchase with Apple Pay.
Configurable in a few seconds, this function is useful even in the dark, or when a scarf or sunglasses half mask the face. A little extra: as long as the phone detects that its owner is not watching it, it does not display its notifications in their entirety, to preserve its privacy.
Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy S8 facial recognition, which is less reliable because it is based on 2D, the Face ID system projects 30,000 invisible dots on the face of the person, to map it in 3D. It is challenging to hack into this system, even though a Vietnamese cybersecurity company said it was achieved by printing a 3D face.
The test of the iPhone X in video
Three reasons to do without it
Apple’s main selling point, which promises a “big leap forward” and aims to “pave the way for technology for the next decade,” is falling through the cracks. The iPhone X is a beautiful evolution, but not a revolution.
Whereas ten years ago, the apple company defined the essence of the smartphone itself, this new product seems to be more in line with the competition. Its onboard screen can be found on the Galaxy S8 and LG V30.
And augmented reality applications, enhanced portrait mode for photos and induction charging, presented as new features, can be found on the iPhone 8.