Article by: Joyce Chen

Illustration by: Sung Hee Bae

Although most ISM students own Apple products, there are many ISM students that have had a more comfortable experience using Windows. Similarly, there are students who prefer Androids to iPhones as well. But how would the ISM community react to a Windows-based phone? On February 2015, Microsoft revealed a first glimpse of Windows 10 on smartphones, which featured several ways to sync phone application with Windows computers.

According to PC World, a renowned online review site for new computers and phones, “Windows Phone has been the underdog in the smartphone wars for years, and shows no signs of regaining its footing. If Microsoft’s smartphone operating system has any chance of survival, it’ll be through deeper hooks into the PC, so it’s no surprise that’s what the company is focusing on with Windows 10.” Currently, Windows phones place a distant third in the smartphone market when compared to Android and Apple’s iOS. Expert analyst Carolina Milanesi said that “pushing Windows services on PCs and and desktops could eventually prompt people to look at Microsoft’s smartphones as well.”

Microsoft has made significant improvements on its features, with strong emphasis on providing connection and convenience in checking calendars, emails and other notifications on all devices.  Another huge improvement is that the new version of the phone contains the full version of Microsoft Office, which allows users to access and send their documents across different devices with ease. With that, users may also be able to transfer presentations to projectors through a certain program, and send documents wirelessly to networked printers. Another new feature on the Windows 10 phone is the ability to change the appearance of keyboard. The user may split the keyboard in half if he or she likes to type with both hands. Also, the keyboard can be dragged around on the screen to make it easier for users to type with one hand.

People have different opinions on the new Windows phone. According to Junior Yutong, “[Windows phones] do not seem very relevant to me because I own a Mac that barely syncs with programs on a Windows phone.” Her friend on the other hand says, “ although I own a PC, I’m not sure if I want to buy [the Windows phone], because there has not been enough information on this phone.” Contrastingly, a Senior commented, “I look forward to using the new product because right now, it’s pretty inconvenient for me to use both the phone and computer to record events. The Windows phone will let me nicely sync them together.”

For now, the Windows 10 phone seems to be a worthy technology to own. But only until the technology is released, will we know what benefits it could bring.

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