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Microsoft Outlook reminds me AGAIN why I love Apple

January10

Background:

I’m looking for a platform-agnostic email, contacts and calendar solution that I can use on the web that is ubiquitous. so, for example, if I wanted to use a Chromebook (I love this concept), I could have just about the same utilization of my business emails, contacts and calendars using Chrome (browser). I was hoping that I could also do that on Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc., using any internet capable computing device I could get my hands-on.

the closest solution is Google’s App environment. while Gmail remains inelegant and can’t cleanly differentiate between email accounts, it’s really the only (only closest, to be fair) solution out there that suits my objectives.

I’m really pulling for Google these days. Larry listened to Steve Jobs and it’s showing as he matures into a heckua leader.

NOTE: the contacts issue alone regarding Outlook is a deal-breaker. If you are accustomed to using vCards (i.e. Apple Address Book or Gmail Contacts) you are hosed because Outlook.com and Outlook 2013 (PC) strip the pictures out of contacts when imported. this is ridiculous in the digital-age.

meanwhile…

outlook messageI feel like I got hood-winked into purchasing Outlook 365. as I’ve mentioned above, I have been looking for an web solution for calendar, contacts and email. I paid $99 to Microsoft for an annual subscription for the Office 365 Home Premium package. information offered throughout Microsoft’s website is very misleading. so is their sales team.

there are mixed reports from a variety of sources that state Outlook.com syncs with Outlook 2013. however, it evidently requires work-arounds to accomplish that objective. straight answers do not abound. I can’t even get Diane Poremsky, a legendary Microsoft evangelist, to help me in any meaningful way.

it took me three hours last night on the phone with escalating levels of expertise and accents (why in Gods name [Tosha Marks, is this blasphemy?] are companies still subjecting their customers to this insanity?) for Microsoft support to FINALLY admit two important things:

  1. 1. Outlook 365 is really just Outlook.com and an option to download Outlook 2013 to a PC or Outlook 2011 to a Mac. If you want to use Word, Excel, etc., you can’t do so via the web. They can only be used from the desktop. that’s stupid. it really is. I’m told that for the same $99 you can get a reach-around and a nickel bag off Peachtree Industrial. all of it’s trouble.
  2. 2. Outlook.com and Outlook 2013 (for example) don’t synchronize, easily simply. in other words, while you could reasonably expect the calendars and contacts to sync, they don’t. you can MANUALLY import calendar events from Apple’s iCal, and Google calendars, for example. but, no syncing. that is ridiculousNOTE: Getting Google calendars and iCal to sync is not perfect, but it works and appears fairly reliable.

[…sigh…]

I’m going to Linkedin this morning and posting a $1000 reward for the first person that can solve this puzzle for me. I am also contacting Microsoft support again this morning and requesting a refund of my $99. As I type this message into existence I’m wondering if someone is going to contact me and say, “oh… all you needed was the Office 365 BUSINESS Premium account. The MSFT elves were just being mischievous while they were insidiously undermining Steve Ballmer and making a mockery of refined software development and quality control.

I wish Microsoft went to the same level of effort and expense to refine their software as they do in putting misleading content on their website and in training their support staff to compound the problem when engaged. the Andy Kauffman inspired Latka lives, I’m telling you, here.

look… all this said… if I’ve missed something; or anything, I’m happy to admit my failings, and am very open to using Microsoft products. however, this morning I am reliving my conviction to be an Apple evangelist (while maintaining very high expectations for all the other platforms).

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Steve Jobs single handidly killed the Symbian Army to save Microsoft

October11

this has nothing to do with Patricia Hearst.

in an indirect way, it has A LOT to do with Steve Jobs.

point of reference: when Jobs started talking about the iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007, he said, “This is a day I have been looking forward to for two and a half years.” Then he regaled the audience with myriad tales about why consumers hated their cellphones. then he solved all their problems – definitively.

Steve Jobs and Apple essentially wiped-out the “Symbian Army”.

and, that’s what makes the rest of this post all the more interesting, if not noteworthy.

there is a place in this world for old success to be part of a great come-back story. players in the potential drama can include Blackberry, Microsoft, and Nokia. but, mostly Microsoft and Nokia. Blackberry is currently an interesting historical footnote.

…seriously.

Stephen Elop, give me back my legions! while I’m not predicting, or even anticipating a re-imagined Symbian (I’ll avoid saying Nokia) come-back, I do suspect Microsoft is pondering a dramatic and evolutionary step. Microsoft piled $7.2 billion dollars into Nokia for the acquisition of it’s mobile unit. and, with that comes an emerging handful of intrepid entrepreneurs looking at establishing something of an Symbian support eco-system that could eventually become another acquisition play. it’s those, otherwise, imagineers that I’m working with.

consider this… for years, Symbian ruled mobile. at its peak, Blackberry was a scrappy underdog at best. then Jobs made a historical move and signaled the end of Nokia with a demonstration of five buggy iPhone prototypes. you can read that very cool story, here:

And Then Steve Said, “Let There Be an iPhone”

Symbian fans lament the loss of a veritable colonial empire. they once ruled the world, yet lost it by taking a nap. it can be argued that incompetence by lack of open-mindedness led to the collapse. NOTE: Blackberry fans are (they remain) like Fascists or Marxists; they never ruled the world, and they are lamenting the unfulfillment of potential, of how they could have won, but never did. NOTE: for what it’s worth, Ernest Hemingway would have carried an iPhone to defeat the Fascists in his beloved Spain. yet, ironically, many sense that Blackberry may live on in some enterprise fashion. and, here we have the Symbian underground coming to light.

in any event, with Symbian, we could argue that if only Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo got kicked out in 2008, the liberated loyalists would still have an empire stretching from the islands of Japan, to the frigid tundra of finland. like Blackberry fanatics, they may comment on lost opportunity, if the strategy was actually good, than maybe, just maybe their global market share could have overtaken Windows Mobile.

…wait… maybe that’s the plan. more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is an Apple iPod knock-off according to my Rolex

October9

Brian Patrick Cork:

The Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch looks like an iPod Mini on an aftermarket wrist band. That said, it’s a bit ironic that Apple haters are bashing the iPhone because it’s still smaller than Galaxy class Samsung devices. But, NOW they are crowing because of this new devices compact size…

To be candid, more people will “listen” to me if I wear my Rolex time-piece.

apple ipod mini

Was Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Spot Inspired By Apple’s iPhone ‘Hello’? | TechCrunch

Was Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Spot Inspired By Apple’s iPhone ‘Hello’? |… – techcrunch.com

“TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.”

Bottom-line… Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is an Apple iPod knock-off. Apple’s older technology is still more innovative than anything new from Samsung.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

Innovation is still at Apples core

June12

Brian Patrick CorkI’ve been playing with Apples iOS 7 most of the day. Its pretty impressive. This on the heels of the good experience I’ve been having with the HTC One, an extremely well made Android device running Jelly Bean. Apple is demonstrating that software is what is important in handset device utilization. Right now, I’m preparing for a return to the iPhone. That said, wait until you see the iPhone 7. Its down the road on the product road-map, but wow.

Apple’s current stock price is ridiculous. While I’m not sure I like saying that, I do intend to take advantage of it.

Apple’s new iOS 7 software is undoubtedly polarizing. Unveiled on Monday, the reimagined mobile platform has harsh critics and avid fans. Some find it “positively mind-blowing,” while others find the new design to be an eyesore.”

Apple haters have no genuine or reasonable voice here. If they try and trash Apple after the recent developers conference, they’ve lost the ability to be open-minded.

Innovation is still at Apples core (I love saying that).

Let’s be part of the Solution.

brian patrick cork

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