@bfeld I decided to give SkyDrive a try … been using it for two weeks and it is awesome. Stunningly awesome. Perfect.
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Two weeks ago I decided to move everything to Word as we started the final push to getting the publisher draft out (which is due on 10/12/12). As part of this, I decided to give SkyDrive a try and see if we could both work on the document at the same time in Word.
We’ve been using it for two weeks and it is awesome. Stunningly awesome. Perfect. We can work in the browser and that’s fine for short things, but the beauty is we can download the doc into Word and it automagically keeps our edits in sync on the server. We can both work in Word – online or offline – at the same time and when we connect all the changes get updated to the server and then pushed down to our individual copies of Word. In short, it does exactly what you’d expect it to do. And – we are both using Word on the Mac – which is solid and a nice surprise to me that any of this really works on the Mac given my generally miserable Microsoft + Mac software experience.
I’m blown away. I also can’t believe no one knows about it or is talking about Microsoft SkyDrive. I can’t believe Microsoft isn’t promoting it front and center. Or maybe they are and I’m just missing it.
It’s interesting that multiple pundits are saying that Microsoft is the real winner of the Apple-Samsung patent trial. The logic goes something like Microsoft’s Windows Phone has truly tried to innovate and it’s approach has been fundamentally different. Due to the uncertainty of Android based phones, manufacturers like HTC will start to switch to WindowsPhone. Here are a couple of articles:
CNet - Apple-Samsung verdict shows that Microsoft thinks different
Forbes - In The Apple vs Samsung Decision, The Real Winner is Microsoft’s Windows Phone
Though, I usually relay this kind of news here, I tend to be skeptical - I try not to breathe my own exhaust. :-)
However, I think a change is coming. Not because of these articles, but because, Sahana (my oldest child) the millennial, design student, used my Nokia Lumia 900 last weekend to navigate in Pittsburgh and proclaimed, “Dad, you’re right! The maps on the Windows phone are much better”. Her iPhone couldn’t find our destination and the WindowsPhone Map app on the Nokia not only found our destination, it also had an easier to use turn-by-turn feature and was much smarter in tracking us as drove towards our target. It was probably not enough to make her switch, but a seed was certainly planted.
So the Apple-Samsung patent trial outcome might indeed help Microsoft, but I think Microsoft is working hard to help itself.