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Windows Tablets for Enterprise Total Economic Impact

image Forrester has published a new document, Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Windows Tablets – Cost Savings and Business Benefits Enabled by Windows Tablets for the Enterprise.” 

Forrester collected data from 60 enterprise organizations currently using Windows or non-Windows tablets.  The subsequent analysis found a solid 128% ROI and many benefits specific to Windows devices:

  • 46% improved productivity for “road warriors”
  • Device consolidation and reduced device purchase costs
  • Reduction in annual device licensing, management, and support costs
  • Reduction in annual costs related to device security
  • Reduced errors from users of Windows tablet devices

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If you are a customer of mine and have interest in this report, please get in touch with me.

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Hyatt chooses Windows Phones over iPhone & Android… saves 33 Percent

I have nothing more to add… just want to share the story.

“We can make changes on-the-go to spreadsheets and presentations. And the interoperability between desktop and Windows Phone is seamless.” -Mike Blake, Global CIO

When Hyatt Hotels was ready to replace BlackBerry phones it deemed “archaic,” it turned to Windows Phone over iPhone and Android. Now, corporate managers and executives edit documents on the phones by using the same Microsoft Office 365 applications that they use everywhere else. Hotel staff has successfully tested the phones for line-of-business apps such as check-in service. And total cost of ownership has declined by 33 percent.

Check out the Case Study:  Hyatt Corporation

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Tim Cook and Apple’s Fuzzy Math

I am now back at home in Michigan (arrived Sunday morning after my 24 hours of travel from Nairobi Kenya) and decided to use Monday as a recovery day from my two week work engagement in Kenya.

On Monday, I decided to watch Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 14 Keynote.  It took Tim Cook a total of 10 minutes and 45 seconds to try and take a swipe at Microsoft.  Mr. Cook showcased the following slide:

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The slide shows that Mavericks has been adopted by 51% of the Mac install based which is roughly 40 million users running OS X Mavericks.  He then compared that percentage against Windows 8/8.1 which has about 14% of the install based and said “need I say more?” 

Well Tim, you do need to say more.  As pointed out by several media outlets and bloggers, the devil is always in the details.  It is estimated that 1.25 billion people are running Windows and has nearly 91% of  the worldwide PC market.  By my estimation, Windows 8/8.1 is then running on nearly 175 million devices worldwide.

I really liked how WMPowerUser summarized this on their blog post – Apple’s Latest Blunder During WWDC Keynote, Comparing Windows 8 Adoption With OS X Mavericks:

He [Tim Cook] made this point to developers to highlight the fact that OS X has more users on the latest version, but as per his stats developers should target over 140 million Windows 8 users instead of much less in number OS X users.

If I use StatCounter’s website by selecting the Desktop and Tablet Operating System, it appears to me that Windows 8/8.1 is NOW the 2nd most popular OS Worldwide.

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Windows 7 sits at the #1 spot with 48.54% of the market, Windows XP is slowly decreasing and is currently powering 13.72% of the worldwide market.

How do they rank?  Here it is:

  • Windows 7 = 48.54%
  • Windows 8/8.1 = 13.75%
  • Windows XP = 13.72%
  • iOS = 7.72%
  • Mac OS X = 7.6%
  • Windows Vista = 3.36%

Some may ask if it is unfair that I’ve combined Windows 8 with Windows 8.1.  I don’t think so.  The main point of the conversation is to figure out what platform to target when developing apps.  Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have the same core and API runtime (WinRT) so they can be viewed the same when trying to look at the numbers of potential devices to target your application.  As a developer, you can target the 7.6% of devices running on Mac OS X, or the 13.75% of the market running Windows 8 and 8.1.

How are the numbers when looking at the United States Only?

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  • Windows 7 = 37.89%
  • Windows 8/8.1 = 14.47%
  • Mac OS X = 14.06%
  • Windows XP = 12.67%
  • iOS = 10.06%
  • Windows Vista = 4.53%

To provide a different view, here are the stats from Net Applications (May 2014):

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Thank You–Simple Simon Said is #96

Just a quick thank you to all of you that have downloaded my game.  It is sitting at #96 in the “New & Rising Games” section in the Windows Store.  I know it is a super simple game on an old classic… and I need to get v3 (updated scoreboard and possibly an integrated leader board) out ASAP, but I truly appreciate those that have downloaded and played the game.  I have also captured a few comments to improve it as well.

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I’ll try and get v3 out ASAP but it could take 2-3 weeks as I’m currently in Africa as a Microsoft Volunteer for the MySkills4Afika opportunity.

For those of you that have installed it, I would appreciate a rating (a kind, generous rating).

For those of you that haven’t installed it yet, you can find it here.  A thousand thanks for doing so.

I’m also trying to get out my very first platform game… super pumped about that one… details coming soon!!!

Many Thanks!!!

-Stephen

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My First Windows 8 Game–Simple Simon Said

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Late last night, I published my very first Windows 8 Game to the Windows Store.  It is available for any size Windows 8 device running on the ARM (Windows RT) or Intel (Windows 8, Pro, Ent) processor.

This is another simple game that I wanted to create to go through the exercise of creating something and publishing to Microsoft’s Windows Store.  It was created using Scirra’s Construct 2 toolset.

You can read through the details about the game regarding the Description, Game Play, Scoring, etc. from my Office 365 Externally Facing website.

This game was created in the week since I posted my very first Windows Phone Game – Factory Frenzy.  Soon, I hope to be able to take advantage of Microsoft’s new Universal Apps that will allow the game to be played on all platforms (Windows, Windows Phone, and XBOX).  You can learn more about Universal Apps from the blog – Windows Store universal Windows app opportunity.

I hope to update this game to v2 shortly.  Version 2 will focus on roaming the personal statistics and giving you the option to remove the in-game ads.

Please download the game, share it, etc.  I would like to see if I can get 500+ downloads of this game as well.

Here is an example Tweet (with Short URL):

Check out @smlegler Windows 8 game – Simple Simon Said. You can get it here http://t.co/H3CPNWyopN

Thanks,
Stephen

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Moving from Win 8 to Win 8.1–How Microsoft Did it

imageJust released… Moving from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 at Microsoft

From the web:

 

Microsoft IT wanted to provide a way for Windows 8 users to quickly and easily roll out the Windows 8.1 update in the environment. With Windows 8.1 and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, it has become easier to provide a seamless way to update employees’ computers.

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XBOX One Ad

I want to make sure you have seen one of the latest XBOX One Ads.  It’s getting a lot of praise and showcases the great story about the new entertainment system.

Have you preordered your system yet?

The countdown is underway!!!

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