Copying the iPad Mini won't help Microsoft
Microsoft confirmed last week that it's working on a smaller version of its poorly selling Surface tablets, which are available in Windows 8 and Windows RT models. Much of Microsoft's mobile strategy has been to copy Apple in form, if not substance. Stuffing the already hard-to-use Surface Pro into a smaller screen is a recipe for greater failure.
Apple did not invent the 7-inch tablet. The first ones did follow the original iPad, as companies like Samsung, Dell, and Asus tried to join the tablet revolution after the fact by taking the smartphone version of Android and running it enlarged on a larger device that couldn't make calls. These flopped big-time, and the iPad dominated the tablet space for three years. Yes, in November 2011, Amazon.com released the Kindle Fire, an anemic tablet designed for consuming Amazon content ; it got a lot of interest at launch, but that petered off quickly.
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Microsoft Finally Updates SkyDrive For iOS With iPhone 5 And iPad Mini Support ...
Microsoft just launched SkyDrive 3.0 for iOS , and it took the company quite a while to get the upgrade into the App Store. Rumor has it that there was a bit of back and forth between the two companies over the 30 percent revenue cut that Apple would take when users buy additional storage for their accounts through the app.
It’s not clear how the two companies finally resolved this issue, but as far as I can see, the updated app does not feature an option to buy additional storage.
Update : Here is Microsoft’s statement: “We worked with Apple to create a solution that benefited our mutual customers. The SkyDrive app for iOS is slightly different than other SkyDrive apps in that people interested in buying additional storage will do so via the web versus in the app.”
The update is now available for download and finally features support for the iPhone 5′s larger screen and the iPad mini.
The app also received a few design tweaks that bring it in step with the rest of Microsoft’s cloud-based products by introducing the same flat design that now graces SkyDrive, Outlook.com and the Outlook.com calendar online.