Tuesday, 28 January 2014

2013

The obligatory 2013 summary

I had a wishlist to Microsoft 1 year ago. Since then they started sorting out the mess they created with their separate platform libraries. Microsoft changed even the licensing of the portable class libraries and made them available for Xamarin. Windows Phone is doing well on some markets and I can see at least one device a week on the tube here in London. The app market however still misses some key applications and I know about people leaving the platform because they miss some application. And this year at last Microsoft ported Photosynth to their mobile platform. Congrats guys.
Steve Ballmer's resignation was very exciting news. I really didn't like what the company (not) did under his leadership. But there are no effects in 2013 yet.
And there is a new Xbox. Depending on the next leader and what strategy Microsoft chooses, if they do choose a strategy at last, I still believe that Xbox is The Microsoft Product most households will have five years from now. Not that sure about any other Microsoft presence.

I asked Google to pioneer in the platform unification. They didn't and they did. Android is not going to desktop, at least not by Google. Others do it instead. What Google does is that they are transforming Chrome, the browser, into a full OS. That, and the success of the Chromebook is a more interesting way to rule the desktop world than a desktop Android.
Google also killed some of their products, including the RSS reader. That one resulted a rise of better RSS readers than The One. I have the feeling that Google reached that level of presence where they don't need to keep products alive that are good for the users but have no added value for Google. Living in the Google world (Gmail, Blogger, Picasaweb, Chrome, ...) it is not a good feeling.

I asked Apple to be amazing. They are not. Actually they had a very boring year. I switched to iPhone 5s after Nexus 4. It is still a decent device, it is still the best for me(!), but it is not outstanding.

This year was the debut of Firefox OS. I am watching it since the very first entry I had on this blog :)

On the front of programming this year's fad was the Functional Programming, and the ever-growing JavaScript presence on all possible hardware and software.

It was a quiet year in all other fields: curved TVs, 4k TVs, death of 3D TV (that wasn't ever alive), some Google Glass news, bigger and bigger mobile devices, ... practically 0 innovation.