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Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/15/2015 | 7:18:38 AM
Re: Congratulations!
@jmyerson, great points. Software and the keyboard is an important consideration for document creation and its editing. If the software is good then, users can accomplish a lot even in a non-traditional work environment.

Consider Office Lens, it is a great application that allows users to take images of whiteboards and documents, and convert it into text. Image processing has advanced exponentially during the last few years and the S Pen along with Android can convert on-screen hand writing into text -- it would be nice if a user could edit a Word document on an Android device with an S Pen. 

Software might already exist with this capability. However, it is important that Office provides the functionality because of anecdotal evidence. A long time ago, I attended a 3-month training course (traditional class room environment) for Office 2000 and did not want to upgrade to a newer version because, it implied that a refresher course would need to be completed. Overtime, the ecosystem grew, documentation support improved and YouTube made it possible to upgrade. I feel that users will buy into software only if the environment enables easy access to information.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/15/2015 | 6:19:34 AM
Re: Congratulations!
@Scott agreed. I think it is commendable of Microsoft to continue and try to make a place for its product/service in this specific market segment after years of failures and setbacks (Nokia's acquisition), there are many examples of other companies that just gave-up for instance, Blackberry.

In the long term, it will be interesting to see if a third mobile OS segment can be created. If productivity can be created then, users will demand the creation of a third segment. If effective and efficient resource deployment is created then again, a third segment will be required. For instance, users have to duplicate hardware by owning a 4th gen i5 as well as a Snapdragon 805 and the accompanying hardware such as, RAM and display, etc. Granted, it might require a few generational progressions to take place in hardware architecture design for this duplication problem to be fully addressed but, it seems that Microsoft is trying to address the problem with their cross-platform OS and Surface line, etc. 
jmyerson
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jmyerson,
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9/14/2015 | 3:02:04 PM
Re: Congratulations!
sferguson, I agree with your viewpoints on MS's approach to market dynamics of dominant platforms.  MS is offering Office 365 for 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets including iPad, Android, or Windows, plus 5 phones. It makes economic sense to subscribe for $99 a year than to purchase an Office for each operating system.
sferguson10001
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sferguson10001,
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9/14/2015 | 7:49:51 AM
Re: Congratulations!
Thanks, Brian.

I think what you are seeing with Microsoft is the company playing catch-up, but not in the way it had done previously, when it was chasing whatever trend happened to be there. By focusing more on core IT -- cloud, mobility, enterprise apps, the company is back to where it started and is trying to leverage what it has into new fields. I think also you see that the company has accepted that iOS and Android are the two dominant platforms now and that it's better to get Office onto them now, instead of trying to convert everyone over to Windows Phone. At least in the short-term, you have a foothold while you try to bring the phone OS up-to-date.
jmyerson
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jmyerson,
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9/14/2015 | 7:17:33 AM
Re: Congratulations!
On my Android device, I use DoctoGo to edit my Office files. I can pair this device with the DoctoGo Application for my Windows desktop in order to sync files and folder with it. I also have the option to use Googe Drive, Dropbox, Box or OneDrive with DocToGo application. It would be nice to have bell and whistles of Microsoft Office application on the Android device. That depends on much memory the application can hold in the device. One more thing, I can attach a bluetooth keyboard to the device to do a fair amount of editing.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/14/2015 | 6:36:29 AM
Re: Congratulations!
Congratulations! I have read a large number of great articles by Scott in 2012/13 about the SaaS industry on the website "SaaS in the Enterprise".

The interrelated nature of the IT industry is interesting -- hardware, cloud and mobility environment, etc. Microsoft did not capitalize on the cloud or mobility and it has been trying to enter these areas as a big player. The move of Office onto Android devices will be welcomed by many users. However, Office documents are already viewable on Android devices hence, Office will have to enable some kind of editing tool that is easy to utilize if productivity is to be enhanced on mobile devices.

Otherwise, Android users will see another option besides the "Drive PDF Viewer", "Polaris Viewer 4.1" and "Hancom Office Viewer" or the device will just select the default application. 
jmyerson
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jmyerson,
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9/14/2015 | 5:03:28 AM
Congratulations!
I see you are now the Director of Application Development. Congratulations!  I knew you as the editoral director.  Your posted several in depth blogs on the SaaS in the Enterprise website. When I read each one, I always said to myself, "This person is analyzing the audience correctly." I was looking at what SaaS applications the audience needed, what value the audience placed on the application and how programming-savvy the audience was.
jmyerson
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jmyerson,
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9/14/2015 | 4:51:43 AM
Stronger cloud security
Acquiring Israeli Cloud Security Firm is good news.  This should address the needs of most audience members who see value in stronger cloud security.
jmyerson
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9/14/2015 | 4:42:20 AM
Eindows 10 update
I've haven't seen Windows 10 update downloaded to my computer. The automatic update switch has been turned on a while ago.


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