I've been using a Windows Phone for several years now, and just recently switched to an Android based phone. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, it wasn't an easy decision, and I was feeling guilty for making the switch. In retrospect, I shouldn't feel guilty at all, because apparently, Microsoft doesn't.
I say I shouldn't feel guilty because Microsoft has been giving up on Windows Phone and Windows Mobile for over a year now. And the writing has been clearly on the wall, but as a loyal Windows Fan-boy, I didn't want to believe.
So now that I've made the switch to Android, I've realized a few things about Microsoft and the apps they offer on this platform. My first thought was to write a long blog post about the difference in Microsoft apps on Android, but then I decided just to do a few highlighting one or two apps.
Part 1 - OneNote For Android
Sure, Windows Phone has a OneNote App, and I've used it a bit, but it wasn't very convenient to open and start a new page, if you needed to take a quick note. Consequently, I pretty much stopped using OneNote on my Windows Phone all together. In fact, I probably would have uninstalled, if Windows Phone allowed it. But no, it was there to stay, whether I used it or not.
So, why do I bring this up and offer the quick tutorial? Just to say Windows Phone didn't have a feature like this, and I can't for the life of me understand why.
Now to be fair, there was a feature in Windows 10 Mobile (I don't know if it existed before this version) where you could swipe down from the top of the screen and tap on a Note icon in the notification center, but it wasn't obvious, and frankly just one extra step for creating a note.
When Microsoft is bringing innovations to their apps on rival platforms that they don't even have for their own, then you know something's wrong.
By the way, all these screenshots were synced to my OneDrive account, using the OneDrive app, which actually works better on Android than it did on my Windows Phone, after upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile.
More on that in the next installment.
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