Saturday, June 17, 2017

Surface boss says iPad Pro is a ‘clear example’ of Apple following Microsoft →

In an interview with Edoarado Maggio from Business Insider, Microsoft Surface general manager Ryan Gavin had this to say about the iPad Pro.

Think about it, if we had been looking at [Apple] we wouldn’t have made a product like Surface Pro or Surface Book,” Gavin said. “We have been learning and perfecting our products in the 2-in-1 category for years now, [but] when Surface initially launched everyone was skeptical, including them. And then they followed, and the iPad Pro is a clear example of that.

Put aside the fact that the tech industry frequently borrows and steals from each other. The Surface Pro is a 2-in-1 and the iPad Pro is not. Do they do similar things? Of course, but the experience of using each device is completely different, only to be furthered by iOS 11. iPad Pro is a tablet computer and the Surface Pro is a refrigerator-toaster.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Microsoft announces new Fluent Design System

Microsoft unveiled its new Fluent Design System today at its annual Build conference. Fluent Design is Microsoft’s next-generation design language that more closely resembles Apple’s iOS aesthetic and Google’s Material Design. With blurred effects, shadows, transparency, and more, this is more of the UI design trend we’ve become accustomed to in recent years. In fact, Apple is expected to introduce UI changes for iOS 11 at their upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5, and Google is working on a new smartphone Operating System called Fuchsia, with a new UI.

Elements of the Fluent Design System will be rolled out in phases among Windows, iOS, and Android apps. Some existing Windows apps have already received elements of the Fluent Design System via update, and Windows itself will be receiving larger elements and more in the [Fall Creators Update later this year][4].

I like what we’ve seen of Fluent Design so far. It hearkens back to the Aero glass days with Windows Vista, but as a more matured and better utilized aesthetic. Looking forward to seeing how beneficial it is on the desktop.

Fluent Design Email

Fluent Design for Email – Credit: Microsoft

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Microsoft Surface Laptop *looks* nice

From the marketing to the actual laptop itself, everything about this screams “Apple”, except for the touchscreen, fabric keyboard, and USB 3 port. This is why competition is good. For those not ready to embrace a MacBook with USB-C, Surface Laptop might prove to be a good choice.

Although, a starting price of $999 with only 4GB of RAM and a 128GB drive is incredibly measly these days. Not to mention the host of concerns regarding Windows 10 S being discovered.