Two Years ago I wrote that the War of Google Vs Microsoft is shifting towards the Convergence space bundled with Cloud Services. Time has finally arrived where Microsoft has partnered with 10 Million HotSpot service providers across 130 countries to offer Free Microsoft WiFi for all Individual & Business Users subscribing to Office 365. Microsoft briefly put the MicrosoftWiFi website online and has been taken down thereafter. The service ill also be available to active Skype Wifi customers through Microsoft Work & Play bundle. Continue reading Free Microsoft Wi-Fi Bundled with Office 365 Coming Soon
In India, Mobile Data Service is already substituting traditional revenue streams like SMS, with data use per sub increasing 316%, vs a decline of SMS sent per subscriber by 34%, over the past 2 years.
With the upcoming launch of LTE on a large scale, incumbent operators [Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel] have chosen a middle path between making large investments to develop an LTE-based network and protecting their existing voice-driven businesses. While operators recognize the potential of the data opportunity, we see the level of investments to build data Continue reading Mobile Data the Key Theme for Indian Telcos in 2015 Leading Towards Convergence
Apple’s WWDC 2014 was solely focused on software-based enhancements. These include tight coupling of iOS and Mac OS integration, significant iCloud enhancements, additional Siri features, enterprise enhancements, and sub-platforms for health and home.
iOS continues to evolve; ties deepen with Mac OS – Apple stressed the importance of uniformity across the installed base [something akin to Windows Platform], easing developer requirements as well as providing a more secure experience (in contrast to fragmentation on Android). It was noted that 89% of iPhone users are currently running the latest iteration of the platform (iOS 7), compared to only 9% of Android users running KitKat
Apple previewed the new iOS 8 upgrade which features a refined notification center, improvements to Messages, Mail, and Safari, in addition to QuickType, which provides predictive typing suggestions and has the ability to learn a user’s tendencies.
Apple’s launch of the Touch ID API provides third-party apps with the ability to use Touch ID (fingerprint sensor technology). This not only provides immediate app and security enhancements for third-party iOS apps, but it is also another important step towards a broader mobile payments platform as it moves iOS closer to finger print secured payments outside of just iTunes today. Swift, a new programming language, was also introduced which was noted to be fast, modern, safe, and interactive. If Swift takes off with developers, it could provide a new source of platform differentiation for iOS.
HealthKit and Health app – The new HealthKit aims to break down barriers, allowing apps to gather information and control devices from a more centralized point. With Health, potential use cases span both consumer driven information and data for medical professionals. On the consumer front, Nike’s Nike+ app was cited as an example of pulling together sensor data from multiple apps into one place to measure progress towards fitness goals. The Mayo Clinic app was used as an example to illustrate how a user’s blood pressure reading can be compared with “normal” levels and automatically notify a care provider if the metric falls outside of normal metrics. Apple’s Goal is to push hard to become a defacto platform standard for health, medical and the broader wearables categories over time
Apple Moves on the Home Automation Front with HomeKit It aims to unify these devices, providing for a common communication protocol. Apple has partnered with the leaders in home automation to provide secure pairing, the ability to control devices individually as well as in groups, and Siri integration. For example, a user telling Siri to “get ready for bed” which triggers the garage doors to close, the doors to lock, and the lights to shut off. This Home sub-platform, coupled with the Health sub-platform, highlight Apple’s desires to extend the reach of the iOS ecosystem and further integrate its functionality into the burgeoning Internet of Things.
New Mac OS Yesomite for iOS like ExperienceThe Yesomite update for Mac OS features a redesigned interface, as well as new notification center that’s similar to the experience on iOS devices. Importantly, Apple strengthened the tie between Mac OS and iOS devices with its new Continuity features that allow a more seamless transition across devices.
With the increasing penetration of Internet & embracement of IT, every company is transforming into the Digital Age. Banking and digitization are two sides of the same coin. An industry which is dominated by information and where the products and services are in a sense virtual is ideally suited to the digital revolution. Many large banks today already have a larger payroll of IT staff and software developers than the largest standalone IT companies. The latest phase in the global banking sector’s ongoing digital revolution is the current mobile banking wave. The ubiquity of smart phones in developed markets (DM) and mobiles in emerging markets (EM) is creating opportunities and disruptions across many axes.
Incumbent commercial banks in developed markets can use digital to boost efficiency via the reduction of branch networks and staffing levels. Online commerce Continue reading How Internet is Transforming Banking & Payments to a Digital Experience ?
Recently I bumped into PortalPanel a Startup from the UK backed by University graduates from Oxford and California Universities with specialization in IT, Marketing and International Law.
The initial core competency of PortalPanel is to offer an on line web bookmarking service that is combined with an RSS feed reader and aims to overtake iGoogle and Google reader which shutdown few days ago. Websites similar to iGoogle or Google reader are not few; Netvibes, Symbaloo, Protopage and Ustart are based on the ideas of iGoogle and website like Digg Reader has replicated Google Reader.
However PortalPanel moved away from that concept to an easier and simpler one that offers by far more options, functions and services all under one umbrella. At the end of the day who would not like to have a simple website where they can have access to their favourite bookmarked pages together with the latest developments on their social networking pages. To these competencies add online browsing history, note taking, calendar and an expanding library.
The Following Screenshots shows the organization of Continue reading PortalPanel – Your Free RSS Reader, Bookmarker, Calendar, etc Dashboard & More
Google’s Project Loon comes not far behind Google Fiber another of Google’s Communication infrastructure projects. Google also remains in a battle with Microsoft within the “white space” and use of excess TV spectrum, as both companies are fighting to offer unified communication services. According to a Forbes article from 11 April 2013, Microsoft has already moved ahead of Google in rural access in Africa. The competition is even tougher in Africa as both companies compete and collaborate with Huawei and ZTE in wireless infrastructure both of which have strong presences in Africa.
Both, Google and Microsoft are now locked in a new battle where both the companies are looking at integrating all layers of communication from device to infrastructure encompassing software, cloud computing, services and infrastructure to roll out the new Internet of Things & Services. Continue reading Microsoft Vs Google Fight Shifts Towards Convergence of Communications, Cloud, Devices & Services