[REVIEW] : Microsoft is stepping up its efforts on Android

Microsoft seems determined to continue its efforts to develop many software for Android smartphone users.

A new division specially dedicated to Android development

Panos Panay, the vice president in charge of the development of Windows and devices for Microsoft, has just announced to his teams in a memo the creation of a new division called Android Microsoft Platform and Experiences.

This new entity will be responsible, among other things, for Surface Duo OS, the operating system for Microsoft’s folding smartphone, the Microsoft Launcher or even connected Mobile applications and the SwiftKey alternative keyboard.

These products were previously overseen by the Microsoft Mobile Experiences division, which however retains Microsoft applications made for iOS and iPadOS, including all Office software adapted for Apple devices.

Increasingly close links between the smartphone and Windows

Microsoft seems to have big plans for Android and this reorganization under the supervision of Panos Panay is proof of that. The publisher’s objective is to use Google’s operating system as an extension of Windows for users, who can continue their tasks on their smartphone and then resume them on a PC in a completely transparent way.

The software giant also unveiled a few days ago a new version of its “Your phone” application, now called “Mobile connected”, which offers a reworked interface adapted to Windows 11 and new synchronization options for Honor phones, in addition to those produced by Samsung.

The ultimate goal would be for Microsoft to offer integration as fluid as that experienced by iPhone users with their Macs and to improve products already existing on Android, such as office and production applications.

Microsoft takes massive step to Android to challenge Apple

“Microsoft is again reorganizing several key teams and departments. Panos Panos, Chief Product Officer (CPO) announced in a note earlier this week that the company is moving Surface Duo OS, SwiftKey, Phone Link and Microsoft Launcher and a handful of other Android teams into a new dedicated Android organization. called.

as devices, Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 They represent one of the most visible elements of Microsoft’s Android strategy; With the dual-screen format and a new way of looking at Android’s user interface, the continued presence of the Duo family is an affirmation for many that Microsoft isn’t in this space just to catch up on the numbers.

The software side of Microsoft Adventures on Android shows focus on the core parts of Android. You’ve got SwiftKey for text input, you’ve got Microsoft Launcher to wrap apps and experience, and you’ve got Microsoft Outlook for managing email and calendar dates; Microsoft Office covers the productivity side of things, OneDrive offers file syncing and cloud support, Microsoft continues to push Teams as a collaborative space, and if you allow my own highlights, OneNote is the Microsoft app All-in-one, simple and powerful ToDo. .

Although Microsoft did not “win” the mobile operating system battle (Windows Phone Too late for this part, unfortunately without the unconditional support of application developers, intelligent design was not enough), its software – in particularly in Android but also in the limited playground that Apple offers to third-party developers – gave it a foothold in space.

Duo may be “All Microsoft” but you can get closer to “All Microsoft” on almost any Android device.

Microsoft clearly isn’t giving up on this, as the move to the Android section shows.

what happened next ? Sharp-eyed viewers will not only see in the mobile space Exact rebranding of Microsoft Windows 11 Connectivity Tool From “your phone” to “phone link”, but Closer connection with Honor Windows 11 devices It unlocks for you a stronger link between Windows 11 and Android.

And if you’re wondering what the endpoint of that tight connection would look like, take a look at the ties Apple has built between iOS, iPadOS and macOS – seamless data transfer; share application screens; Full keyboard and mouse control for multiple devices is essential.

One of the design features of Windows 11 is the ability to use it in different modes. For example, on the desktop, cuddling, leaning back and consuming content, and more. Mobile is already in the mix on the phone, but the phone’s proximity to Windows 11 (and vice versa) adds more modes of use for the Microsoft ecosystem to take advantage of.

The operating system layer in smartphone worlds has found its key players and they are unlikely to be toppled. But the layers of software and services remain seamless as each manufacturer seeks to define their own vision…and consumers have the ability to toggle that to their own preferences.

With one department in the lead, it’s clear where Microsoft wants to be.

Microsoft celebrates its 47th anniversary: ​​a look back at 15 little-known anecdotes

1. The origin of the Microsoft name

Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the firm was first called Micro-Soft, according to an idea of ​​the second co-founder. This name represents the abbreviated combination of microcomputer and software (software, in English). In 1981, the hyphen was finally dropped, with the company becoming Microsoft.

2. The company was founded in New Mexico

Contrary to what one might think, the company was not founded in Washington, but in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It wasn’t until 1979 that Microsoft established itself in Bellevue, Washington. In 1986, the firm finally moved to Redmond, Washington, its current headquarters.

3. The first version of Windows dates from 1985

In November 1985, Microsoft launched the very first version of Windows. As Windows 1.0, a 16-bit operating system. Before him, the company developed a first operating system called XENIX, a modified version of the UNIX operating system, then launched its MS-DOS operating system in 1981.

4. The first device launched by Microsoft was a computer mouse

In 1983, Microsoft launched its mouse, the “Microsoft Mouse”. This is the first material produced by the firm. This was then provided with the first versions of Microsoft Word and Notepad.

5. Bill Gates became the youngest billionaire in 1987

The Microsoft business turned out to be very lucrative for its founders. In 1987, Bill Gates had earned his first billion, he was then 31 years old. Which made him the youngest billionaire at the time.

6. Microsoft saved Apple from bankruptcy in 1997

If today, the company Apple, direct competitor of Microsoft, is one of the most powerful brands, it has not always been so. In 1997, Steve Jobs’ company was having financial problems and needed a major investment to continue its activity. Microsoft has thus come to the aid of Apple by investing 150 million dollars.

7. Solitaire, an initiation game

Who has never played Solitaire on their PC? This card game available on all Windows PCs, was not placed there by chance. Indeed, in addition to being a thinking game that allows you to pass the time, it was set up as a kind of initiation, to teach users the very practical “drag and drop” on the computer. A gesture that has not always been intuitive.

8. Microsoft offered the tablet before Apple

If the iPad signed Apple, released in 2010, made tablets popular with users, it is not Steve Jobs’ company that we owe the first tablets. Indeed, it was Microsoft who, in 2001, presented a prototype tablet PC under Windows XP. But the market was not yet ready, and the device too bulky, heavy and thick to be considered practical.

9. Microsoft also made the first smartwatch

In the same way, it is to Microsoft that we owe the first smartwatch. Thus, in 1994, the firm launched with the Timex watch brand, the Timex DataLink 150. It had a small LCD screen, and could connect to a Windows PC to download information such as appointments. Proof that Microsoft is a company that has been a pioneer in many areas, offering revolutionary products, but often launched too early.

10. The meaning of the name Xbox

The famous Microsoft console bears the name of Xbox which is the abbreviation of “DirectX Box”. DirectX is a set of APIs created by Microsoft to manage tasks related to multimedia and in particular the programming of video games.

11. The Windows XP background is probably the most viewed photo in history

The green hill used as the default background in Windows XP is considered the most well-known image in the computing world. The original photograph was taken by Charles O’Rear, in 1996, in Sonoma County, California and given the title ‘Bliss’. It is estimated that it has been viewed at least 1 billion times. If Windows XP is no longer supported since 2014, this image survives it having been repeatedly diverted, through memes, or simply reused.

12. Microsoft is not the first company co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Before creating Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen had already shown their entrepreneurial skills. While students at a Seattle high school, they designed a computer system that automatically processes traffic count data.