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 temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 from the Windows Store last Saturday, barely two days since it was available for digital download on October 17. A "situation affecting a limited number of users" who faced issues updating their Windows RT devices were cited, though no additional details were offered.
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.
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Windows 8/RT and Android is a wireless keyboard that pairs over Bluetooth with Windows 8, Windows RT or Android tablets.
The complexity of Windows 8 has increased its security vulnerability, says Wayne Kirby, a product specialist from Kaspersky Lab.
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.
Only 200,000 Windows RT tablets shipped in the first quarter, making up just 0.4 percent of the tablet market, said IDC on Wednesday.
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.