Speedwell recently launched the Brisbane Airport iPhone application to enhance the customer experience and improve efficiencies. I was in the international terminal a week after launch and had someone approach me to ask where a certain store. It was awesome to be able to pull out the application and help him out (and of course ensure he downloaded the app).
Windows 8 is a game changer, an expansion and merger of the different platforms within the Microsoft brand. Its release is more than just getting a shiny new touchy-feely operating system out into the market place. Windows 8 is a creation of a new ecosystem, an ecosystem where we see Microsoft’s three screens start to interact with and follow each other with expansion of the Xbox brand and the introduction of Microsoft’s new design language into Windows. Touch input is rising to join the keyboard and mouse as first class citizens. Windows 8 was even stated to be Microsoft’s riskiest move yet. This risk they are taking isn’t their promotion of touch, but more so around their new approach to the ecosystem. So what has Microsoft actually released?