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MousePad Networking is dedicated to providing service to home and small business users. Specializing in PC hardware, Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, virus and spyware removal, and small networks, we are focused on providing quality service at reasonable prices. We offer PC setup and repair, Microsoft Windows Operating Systems installation and maintenance, and home & small office network setup & consulting.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Microsoft Drops Windows 10 Mobile Efforts

Microsoft throws in the towel on their Windows 10 for mobile.
by Barry Barcode (MIDCOM Data Technologies, Inc.)

Microsoft, after initially and aggressively pursuing its Windows 10 operating system for smartphones, has now seemed to have all but called it quits on what had been their flagship smartphone OS. As a matter of fact, the software giant’s chief architect of the 10 OS had personally tweeted that the company is no longer interested in developing more advanced features as well as hardware support at this point in time. He also added that he himself had switched to the android platform on his personal phone.

However, it was not always this way as MSN tried its level best to claw its way into the hotly contested smartphone market. Especially since it had realized that the future obviously belongs to hand held e-communication devices. In a last-ditch attempt, Microsoft tried its level best to attract smartphone users by allowing them access to the same universal apps that were available on their hand-held devices, as well as on their PCs and laptops. But it was quite simply a little too late because the smartphone train had moved on and Microsoft had not been able to secure a berth. This is why, in spite of their best efforts, the concept of seamless integration between PCs and smartphones just failed to catch on. 

According to market research companies today, less than the half a percentage of people were using windows on their smartphones, earlier this year and this was in spite of years of ceaselessly marketing windows OS to consumers all over the world. 

Finally, Microsoft saw the handwriting on the wall and conceded defeat as customers preferred their arch rivals Apple and Android over Windows regardless of the OS’s decades long pedigree. And since end consumers were not interested in the product, there was no reason for the manufacturers to bundle this software with their phones.

Regardless of how hard they tried, they simply could not create an OS as smooth and functional as their rivals and so had to pay the ultimate price.

Monday, June 19, 2017

iPhone 5 and 5c Won't Run iOS 11, 32-Bit iOS Apps Going Away

Jun 6, 2017
by Eric M. Zeman (phonescooper.com)

Some older iPhones will not be part of the iOS 11 party scheduled to arrive this fall. According to Apple's web site, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c, and the fourth-generation iPad cannot handle iOS 11's 64-bit app requirements, so they will not be receiving the updated operating system. Devices that can run iOS 11 include the iPhone 5s and SE, 6 and 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, and the 7 and 7 Plus. On the tablet front, iOS 11 is compatible with the iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4, the iPad Air and Air 2, the newer iPad, as well as the big and small iPad Pros. The older iPhones in question use 32-bit processors, while every iPhone and iPad released since 2013 uses 64-bit processors (with 32-bit backward compatibility built in.) One of the under-the-hood changes in iOS 11 is dropped support for 32-bit apps, moving all apps to 64-bits. Since the iPhone 5 and 5c can only run 32-bit apps, iOS 11 simply won't work as intended. Apple has been warning developers to update their apps with 64-bit compatibility for some time. Starting some point later this year, Apple will entirely drop 32-bit apps from the App Store. Such apps have likely not been updated by their developers in years. iOS 11 is available to developers in beta. The final version for consumers isn't expected to arrive until the fall.