Even better if it requires a dongle, a few months down the line, to make it work properly.
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Microsoft's bundling of messaging into the corporate MS Office Product probably pre-dates Slack. It started with Lync, which could have been shat out by the devil himself. Lync was Antichrist of messaging product. Lync then evolved into Skype for business, which was far more Lync than Skype. Teams then replaced Skype for business.
My point? Microsoft has had a product embedded in the business I work for, for a long time, and Teams simply replaced it. The difference? Prior to Teams, the engineers circumvented Skype for business, using consumer Skype, Google Hangouts* and even small scale Slack. Whereas Teams is something everyone actually wants to use and finds useful. I don't think there was ever any prospect of the business buying into Slack in the first place; I think that applies to a lot of longstanding corporate Office customers.
* And don't get me started with Google. They should be a leader, but their messaging strategy is a mess. They should be front and centre in education in particular, yet Microsoft is taking that business off them by doing exactly nothing in particular.
But once I read through to the bottom line, not as expensive as I'd assumed. I was expecting this to be the Leica of laptops, but for anyone who needs the privacy features it looks a reasonable option (I do like the hardware kill switches - I'm quite paranoid about the corporate Dell that has lived in my bedroom/office for the past several months). As per other respondents.... Bring on ARM. Please!
Absolutely. Let's instead use "none descript elephant of neutral colour" (assuming the wording is not deemed, by those who deem stuff, discriminatory towards elephants, or that that the word elephant is not deemed, by the same deeming people, to conflate with persons of size).
Demanding a cut if you're using Apple's subscription infrastructure is one thing. Demanding a cut if you handle subscriptions via your website (without breaking any rules regarding accessing the website from the app) is altogether different. Also, I can subscribe to Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud, via the web, and then us their premium apps (and premium features of otherwise free apps) obtained from Apple's app store. Does Adobe give a wad of cash to Apple for this? I doubt it. I don't think Google does this. Besides, I have more than one app store on my Google Phone. An iOS user has just the one app store to choose from.
1. Publicity seems to have bought it back and more notorious than ever!
2. Never heard of it. Just tried it. Somewhat better than Google's app (listened to the latest More Or Less, and The Inquiry, over breakfast).
The takeaway? Don't depend on Google's services; be promiscuous with your app stores (Huawei will thank you).
Huawei’s high end models might actually selling quite well, to people who, like a lot of Reg readers, have the luxury of full pay/hours from home. And China’s tech sector is really embracing work from home for its knowledge workers. If only Japan (for its own sake - excuse the pun) would do the same.
The difference being Apple will get it right. Waiting for Microsoft to get it right is an exercise in utmost patience. Last time I checked, Microsoft had still not made native versions of some fairly important applications. Office, for example. I expect Apple to deliver something close to the finished article; something you can develop on, not just for
Is going to be Chromebook in tablet form. Google have screwed this up spectacularly, already, with the Slate, but others are slowly starting to come up with compelling devices. This posh new Samsung? It's still stuck with all the issues of an Android tablet. My ancient iPad 2 still gets updates. Good look with that on a Samsung.
With the first fully 5G, ARM based laptops with little (if no) noticeable performance penalty. Apple's lead in chip design pretty much determines events. It won’t affect Microsoft too much though - not for most of the money. If nothing else, Microsoft has time. It is Google and Chromebook that still vexes me. The best devices are still Intel based/sans SIM. What the hell are they playing at?
I was satisfied once BT provided me with sufficient speed for (utmost) reliable UHD streaming. There are times when faster would be nicer (PS4 software upgrades can be HUGE) and do wonder if the fibre to cabinet solution will be good enough for streaming games (in the event I ever need that). I still think filling in not spots should be a higher priority. But that’s just me with my unfashionable liberal values (wanting to help others and all that).
Now, if Virgin came knocking tomorrow (they won’t - there’s zero chance of them laying cable down our street), I’d certainly listen carefully to what they propose (and probably offer them a cup of tea).
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