Microsoft is now neck and neck with Apple. When Big Tech conversations come up, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook always take centre stage while underestimating Microsoft. These couples of weeks have changed that narrative. It has been a slow and steady ascent for Microsoft and with resilience at its core. Microsoft has shifted to the more profitable and fast-growing business in cloud computing while gradually moving away from being a consumer and business PC company – and it is working in their favour.
The last time Microsoft was more valuable than Apple was when the current iPhone was the iPhone 3GS, Instagram was non-existence and you had to install Windows 7 using CD.
now that Microsoft is the most valuable public company in the world again, here are a few facts about it: in the past fiscal year (it ended on 6/30), revenue grew faster than it had in more than 15 years pic.twitter.com/UIgIYbSK6h
— Jordan 'Jaws' Novet (@jordannovet) December 1, 2018
“Microsoft is the tortoise in a technology world obsessed with hares. We know how that race turned out” – Shira Ovide, Bloomberg.
Hangouts for consumers is closing shop
Google is shutting down Hangouts by 2020. If you haven’t jumped ship yet, you only have next year as Hangouts fro consumers is being killed off. Google stopped development on the app more than a year ago to focus on enterprise Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. All consumer messaging efforts by Google are now focused on Android Messages and RCS Chat. Google’s Scott added that Hangout users will be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet and Google will continue supporting Hangout users until everyone is migrated to Chat and Meet.
Can't wait for Google to shut down Hangouts, only to replace it with six more messaging apps it can shut down a few years later https://t.co/aDjoGD7Ofe
— David Pierce (@pierce) November 30, 2018
Instagram launched close friends feature to Stories and people are already putting up paywalls
Instagram will now let you share Stories with just a couple of your closest friends. The limit is to share pictures and video with a few of them who will appreciate it. People have already started to take advantage of this feature with a paywall.
I have decided to monetize my instagram by putting my “close friends” content behind a paywall and Ive made $15 in 30 mins.
— Kate Proulx (@proulxsie) December 1, 2018
This looks like something Instagram should have thought of before going live
Lots of people have been doing that on Snapchat for a while, i.e., making their account private and charging to see their stories. As far as I know, that type of "monetization" of the platform is against their TOS, but it's not something that is enforced.
— Stock Viking (@StockViking) December 2, 2018
and some of us are not happy about it
— Julian Gamboa (@JulianGumbo) December 2, 2018
Also, how does someone choose their close friends – I’m waiting for this drama to unfold too
Is there any instagram close friends drama yet? That label on close friends posts def seems ripe 4 drama!! Also good time to remember top 8 middle school beefs
— Ashley Carman (@ashleyrcarman) December 2, 2018
Youtube will now make its premium original programming available for free for anyone to watch
Starting next year, the content will transition to be ad-supported and no longer be behind the $11.99-a-month paywall. This makes sense when you consider how users expect YouTube to work. Scripted shows will be scaled back to focus on mainstream celebrity-driven and creator-based shows. Finally, I can finish binging Lifeline – the Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson produced sci-fi show.
In other Youtube stories, its Stories feature is now rolling to more creators even to those with more than 10, 000 subscribers. The Stories appear to both subscribers and non-subscribers and stick around for seven days. Critics have said that the video-sharing platform should stop cloning features and focus on its ongoing issues including advertising concerns and demonetization problems.
Facebook gets blasted (with good reason) but YouTube is an insane cesspool that gets a fraction of the attention. https://t.co/pVmqYCdGvi
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) November 30, 2018
Elsewhere, Youtube annotations are shutting down from next year January. Those boxes that told you to subscribe or watch this new video will disappear by January 15th.
A Tribute to YouTube Annotations
Google Maps got hashtags
Looks like Google isn’t done ruining stuff, from its multitude of messaging apps – it now wants to ruins Maps. Maps is going to get so complicated, people are going to opt for the simpler Apple Maps. Getting hashtags won’t be the last feature they add in Google’s bid to turn the app into a social network.
I have a question. Do any of you rely exclusively on Apple Maps, use it often, and find it reliable and satisfying? This is NOT for a story and is not about brand tribalism. It’s meant to help me decide which privacy-stealing apps I can dump or replace. Please be frank. Thanks.
— Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) December 1, 2018
Microsoft teased new icons in the redesigned Office
Unveiling new @Office365 app icons! Office has evolved into a collaborative, #AI-powered suite with a more simple, modern design. These icons reflect this evolution. Read the design story on the blog:
— Microsoft Office News (@OfficeNews) November 29, 2018
Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices
This is a surprising move but a delightful to users who use both services and hardware. In my opinion, Spotify is better but,
2007, iTunes on Windows is "like giving a glass of ice water to someone in hell"
2018, Apple Music on Echo is like giving a mimosa to somebody at brunch who already has a coffee and a water and a bloody mary
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) November 30, 2018
DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather got charged after promoting cypto without disclosing that they were being paid to do so. So his gif comes to bite him in the ankle.
— George (@indeadline) November 30, 2018
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