Metro Design Lives On…

So it looks like the Metro design language Microsoft used starting with Windows Phone 7 continues on, just not on Windows Phone anymore.  Google is updating their YouTube app on Android, and it looks oddly familiar.

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New YouTube Interface Rolling Out To Some Users Ditches The Hamburger Menu

Many Windows Phone users and developers were not happy with Microsoft’s changes, and this will only add fuel to the fire.  As Microsoft plays catch up by adding in the Hamburger menu, it appears others are already moving away from a menu system that many find less productive.

Peter Bright of Ars Technica sums up my feeling about the whole thing three tweets.

Apple Needs to do Better

I know others have talked about this already, but I was just reading some news and it came up again.  That is Apple’s lack of women on stage at events.  This past week marked the first time in five years that a woman stood on stage at one of Apple’s big events.  Of course it was not an employee, it was model Christy Turnington.

To be clear, I have no issue with Christy Turnington’s role in the event. Having a model use your product is nothing new.  I also don’t want Apple to just throw some random woman who works for Apple on stage.  The glaring issue is that Apple has no women in positions that would get you on stage for their events.  Look at the leadership page on the Apple site.

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There is only one non white male in that photo.  I applaud Apple and CEO Tim Cook for many of their progressive views.  However, it is not enough to talk.  Apple is on top of the world right now, but that can change quickly.  Not having an array of opinions from different points of view is why many corporations have fallen from grace in the past.  This is not just the right thing to do, it is good business.  If that image above was from another company we would not hear the end of it.  Apple is a favorite of many outspoken liberals, so we hear nothing.

Apple…you can do better!

First Reaction to Amazon’s New Workmail

Microsoft and Google don’t have to panic yet about Amazon’s new Workmail product.  I spent just a few minutes playing with the preview, and it is evident that it is nowhere close to ready for primetime.

A few interesting tidbits.  Right now there is no POP3 or imap support.  Instead Amazon is using Microsoft’s Exchange Active Sync.  This does mean that users can easily use many of the same desktop and mobile applications to access their data which lowers the barrier to entry for many customers.  I just find it odd that a company will go after another company’s customers by licensing one of their products.  Where Workmail really falls short today is on the web.  The interface looks like Outlook Web Access from fifteen years ago. It even has a RSS Feeds folder.

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One interesting feature on the web is the use of tabs.  You can have multiple messages, contacts, etc open at the same time.  It has the feel of Mozilla Thunderbird or Yahoo Mail in that way.  This is clearly just an early preview, so I will continue to check in to see where Amazon is going.