So soon we’ll be heading off for our holidays but already the writers of facts and fictions are still rushing out their latest pieces before they head off to the sun. As soon as June closes the mental blinds come down and people are free wheeling – so let’s try and separate the facts from the supposition here.
Particular fun seems to being had at Microsoft’s expense at the moment seeing as they’ve made some recent announcements about software and hardware. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s clear that Microsoft had to do something quite radical – whether Windows 8 will work or not as a desktop, as a pad OS, or as a mobile OS is still not clear and won’t be until we see some actual devices. Whether the devices will work is another thing entirely. Noises being made from Nokia are that there has to be a plan B for them – or really rather plan C or D. I don’t think at this point many people care what Nokia decide in the smartphone space as they don’t seem to have much of a clue there anyway. They are completely clueless in fact. So let’s just leave them to stumble along doing what they do and concentrate on finding some facts. The prospect of Nokia suddenly turning it around in smartphone space within six months would appear to be a stretch.
The contention that Microsoft Windows installations vs iOS devices is somehow relevant I simply don’t buy. Yes Apple are still forging ahead selling tens of millions of iOS devices every quarter – fantastic. Microsoft still are rolling towards their Windows 8 release and their new Surface pad – ok. So until the battle lines are actually drawn in September what happens next? Nothing. A lot of devs get to spend some more time worrying about their platform over the summer – Apple Devs probably more secure in their platform’s future than Microsofties. But we’re way beyond the point of worrying about it now – decisions have already been made and wheels are in motion and there will be a fight from September to Christmas which will only spill some figures next year.
One thing we all know is that both consumers and businesses will be bombarded with information over the next six months. It will be good to get some rest now because by December I think we’re going to be feeling a bit sick of it. But perhaps by then we’ll have made sense of what’s coming up. It’s still exciting times to be a techie.