This autumn (September 2014 is the estimated release date), Apple is coming out with a new version of iOS – iOS 8. This new version of iOS has some great new additions, plus upgrades on already existing tools.
There are two key development sets in the new iOS 8 mobile operating system:
1.) Extensibility, which includes:
- Interactive notifications that allow you to respond to messages or notifications right from the banner. (*0:33)
- Third-party keyboards that allow you to access other platform keyboards, like SwiftKey, easily and more effectively. Your sentences can literally be finished for you with a tool known as QuickType. It also helps choose words you are likely to use, depending on to whom you are communicating. (*6:58)
- New Widgets and Extensions
2.) Continuity, which includes:
- Handoff capability that allows you to share a specific activity between multiple devices, as long as you have the same iCloud account between them.
- AirDrop being modified.
- Instant Hotspot where your iPhone or iPad instantly tether to other users.
Other additions to iOS 8 include:
- Device enrollment plan that automatically configures software to new work devices, rather than having to configure the device to a PC first. (*16:48)
- Health app expansion that allows you to keep track of your health and fitness, while also being able to keep in touch with your health care professionals (*18:39)
- For developers, Apple has come out with a new programming language known as Swift. This language is Objective-C compatible, but has been improved. For example, semi-colons are not needed to end statements; unlike Objective-C where forgetting one caused errors. Swift also has a tool known as a ‘Playground’ that allows you to see the effects of changes or additions to the code without having to go through the compiler.
Apple has many other planned additions for iOS 8, from family sharing (*21:39) to photo management (*23:33). As the estimated release date becomes closer, more and more information for iOS 8 is being released.
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For those of you that missed Talk it over Tuesday earlier this week we wanted to share some tidbits about industry trends that are of particular value to small businesses.
For example, Microsoft CRM® (Customer Relationship Management) is one tool in the Microsoft® arsenal that could become a productive asset within your business. It increases profitability by helping ensure your customer interactions inform them in ways that are the most useful to the individual client. CRM looks at all aspects of your business and helps you manage everything more easily from the Cloud on any device. CRM 2013 has been updated in every area including:
- Customer Care
- Social Integration
Phones based on Windows 8® are also impressive for the business user. Recently the Nokia Lumia 1020® was released and brings many cutting edge features to the table. The most notable is the new 41 megapixel camera. This camera takes photos of amazing quality while utilizing depth of field and other professional camera-like features.
Currently use Skype® or Lync®? No problem, Microsoft is integrating these two services to simplify communication inside and outside of the office. Messaging or placing voice calls between the two services will soon be seamless.
There’s too much going on to cover it all here, but if you want to know more about mobility, business intelligence integration with Excel®, or Microsoft’s latest improvements to their Cloud offerings – comment below and we’ll be happy to discuss it further.
You don’t want to miss our next Talk it over Tuesday on September 17th! We are bringing in the experts from Microsoft to give you an exclusive hands-on demo of Windows 8.1. They will have the latest Tablets and devices running Windows 8.1 at the event. It’s a perfect chance to test them for yourself. Seats are limited and they will go fast. Register today and reserve your spot for this special opportunity.
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