Microsoft has a plan. Or two.

by Volker Weber

Microsoft wants its Lumia 950XL to win. If you buy one you get your dock for free. It lets you connect a screen, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals to your phone, effectively turning it into a PC with a big desktop. There is only one problem: the only software that runs on this screen has to be purposefully written to not only support the Continuum feature that renders a PC app touch friendly, but it also has to be provided for Windows 10 Mobile and its ARM architecture. Microsoft Office Mobile is a software written to these specs.

Now there is another problem: while you may run this software for free on your shiny new 950XL, you need an Office 365 subscription to run in on your 950XL when it pretends to be a PC, starting next year on April 1st.

Looks like the office guys just threw a big rock on the drowning mobile business.

Comments

Seriously, I do not get, why Microsoft not only shoots itself in the foot, but keeps reloading and firing all the time. Decisions like this one or the recent OneDrive debacle are on such a high absurdity level, that I really begin doubting Nadella. I understand, that to him O365 is the coming cow to milk, but still I am convinced that these decisions hurt a lot more than they help selling O365 abos.

Hubert Stettner, 2015-12-18

Microsoft giveth, Microsoft taketh. What is yours today, may not be yours tomorrow.

Volker Weber, 2015-12-18

Isn't the 950XL an accesoire for the business user with O365 subscription anyway?

Peter Meuser, 2015-12-18

If that is the case why bother?

Volker Weber, 2015-12-18

Recent comments

Ralf ter Veer on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 12:03
Volker Weber on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 11:38
Bernd Hofmann on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 11:27
Volker Weber on Traveling with the iPad Pro and Beats Studio 3 at 11:06
Jochen Schug on Microsoft Office 365 verlängern at 10:55
Stephan Perthes on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 10:53
Volker Weber on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 10:51
Harald Gaerttner on MyScript Nebo :: Also for Galaxy Note at 10:37
Federico Hernandez on Traveling with the iPad Pro and Beats Studio 3 at 10:34
Felix Kluge on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 10:23
Harald Gaerttner on Erzähl mir nicht, das geht nicht at 09:56
Tobias Vogel on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 09:53
Martin Imbeck on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 09:53
Karl Heindel on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 09:49
Michael Jäckel on Traveling with the iPad Pro and Beats Studio 3 at 09:48
Axel Koerv on Samsung Mobile Business Summit in Madrid at 09:33
Axel Koerv on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 09:23
Johannes Neubrecht on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 09:13
Frank Quednau on Traveling with the iPad Pro and Beats Studio 3 at 08:44
Volker Weber on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 08:29
Andreas Weinreich on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 07:55
Daniel Kirstenpfad on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 07:45
Johannes Neubrecht on Erzähl mir nicht, das geht nicht at 07:38
Johannes Neubrecht on Nespresso-Maschine für 50 € at 07:35
Volker Weber on Erzähl mir nicht, das geht nicht at 23:11

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter  amazon

Local time is 12:04

visitors.gif

buy me coffee