Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Wed, Feb. 12 including: leaks from the rumor mill on Windows Phone 8.1, the possibility of converged computing platform iAnywhere that combines PC and mobile device functionality, the different keys to success for Android and iOS-powered smartphones, how mobility is changing the workplace landscape and (thank goodness) Taco Bell's new mobile-ordering app.
Microsoft's Windows Phone Corporate Vice President Terry Myerson promised the company will introduce common applications and developer tools across its Windows Phone and Windows platforms.
Worldwide tablet shipment growth slowed significantly in the second quarter of 2013, with total volumes plummeting 9.7 percent quarter-over-quarter, research firm IDC reports. Vendors still shipped 45.1 million units during the period, however, increasing 59.6 percent over the same quarter in 2012.
Worldwide tablet shipments topped 51.7 million units during the second quarter of 2013, up 43 percent from 36.1 million a year ago, research firm Strategy Analytics reports.
Acer has decided not to offer a tablet running the current version of Windows RT, Jim Wong, Acer's president, told InfoWorld in an interview on Friday.
An alleged Microsoft product roadmap obtained by ZDNet indicates the company does not plan to expand its Office productivity suite to devices running Google's Android and Apple's iOS until the fall of 2014.
Samsung is pulling the plug on its Windows RT-based ATIV Tab in Germany due to poor demand, according to a report by Engadget.
Microsoft is plugging "critical" security holes this week in Windows RT, the operating system that runs its cheaper Surface tablets.
Information workers would prefer to have a Windows-based tablet, despite problems with Microsoft's Surface tablet.
Close to one-third of information workers said they would prefer to use a Windows-based operating system for their next tablet, well above the 26 percent who chose iOS, according to a survey of 9,766 information workers by Forrester Research.