Now featuring… mobility…

Admit it, you get excited when you read a post or a tweet that says a certain capability is coming to an app that you make use of on your mobile device. That capability is something that you think will make your life better by enhancing your workflow or give you the ability to not be chained down. Maybe it will help you be more productive. Maybe it will save you a few clicks of trying to cut and paste on your mobile device.

What’s probably the most interesting of course is that the mantra that Microsoft has of mobile first cloud first is totally true. Before features have been made available in desktop apps… at least for the most part hit the mobile app first.

Of course, there’s the law of unintended consequences where the app actually delivers the capability but in a way that was unimagined that ends up causing frustration as it goes in a direction that you weren’t anticipating.

Fast forward to 2020 and I find myself hopping back and forth between tenants in Teams to attend meetings as well as to engage with friends in other tenants. The caveat of course being that at least for the past 2 years, I haven’t really gone too many places during the work day. . . Hopefully that changes soon 🙂

Nonetheless, what’s your favorite feature that’s on mobile that helps in your productivity?


Acompli starting to morph?

Back on 1 December 2014, it was announced that Microsoft had acquired mobile email and calendaring app Acompli.
To those of us in the tech industry, we noticed Microsoft was picking up an app maker that had been hard at work developing and email and calendaring client on Android and iOS that just “worked”. Several of us have used the native mail apps that come with the mobile devices we have but never seem to be completely satisfied because the service provider is trying to use clever tricks to get to their email store and perform performance enhancements for users that native apps probably won’t get.
The caveat of course being that if you have multiple mail accounts you end up with multiple mail clients. I suppose that’s fine for some films but seems like a lot of work.
That’s where Acompli comes in with its slick interface that for the most part just works.
Acompli has integration with DropBox and OneDrive among others. Oddly though, when you connect to DropBox it sees Acompli as Microsoft Outlook. This begs to ask the question if some code accidentally got left behind.

I’m not sure if this is just a mistake and DropBox is picking up OWA for some reason or if the Acompli app got compiled for some project and the label got left in there. It’s uncertain but “interesting” none the less

Hardware Mobile

Microsoft Surface before Google Tablet…

Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet Details Leak in Full Only Days Before I/O?

Who else is willing to bet that part of the reason that Microsoft held their press conference last week (6/18/2012) to show off their Surface tablet to get a little bit of market share before Google has their IO conference this week (6/27-29/2012).

While I realize that Google’s tablet running Android is a bit different in terms of use in the market place in comparison to the Microsoft Surface, I definitely see this as one of the reasons Microsoft rushed to get their tablet information out there before Google could own the limelight.

So what will you be doing? Picking up the Microsoft Surface or Surface Pro when they’re released or perhaps the Google Nexus Tablet or will you just hold out for the iPad 4?