Clearing demonstrating my interest in the new mobile operating system being rolled out — sometime this year — by Microsoft, I thought I’d share out this video (a bit blurry) on a feature-rich Bing map application that will be part of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS experience.
Clearly, Microsoft is trying to keep pace with the bar set by Google’s map and navigation features for Android devices. FYI: the video is a little long.
In my opinion, Google still has the advantage with the voice recognition, which can be quite handy (no pun intended) when you’re driving.
Ok, now for a little rant. In my previous post, I kept referring to the upcoming OS as Windows Mobile 7. I’ve subsequently learned that it’s officially called Windows Phone 7 Series. Leave it to Microsoft to create a compelling product and then muddy the water with a stupid label. Why note just Windows Mobile 7 or Windows Phone 7? Add to that, I’ve read in the past week that Microsoft plans to keep the Windows Mobile 6.xx OS on the market and change it to Windows Phone Classic Series — or some analogous BS. (In fairness, Google and the device manufacturers are setting up a similar confusing situation with it’s various iterations of the Android OS out there. The Android OS options range from 1.5 to 2.1, and there’s now universal update–primarily because some of the devices don’t have the processing speed to run the new features and manufacturers want to have cheap, entry-level Android phones in their arsenal.)
Nomenclature aside, it looks like the new mobile OS by Microsoft would be a real winner. Again, I don’t know if I will wait until the end of the year to get a Windows Phone 7 Series (said with sarcasm) device. I’ve been waiting, patiently, for the Nexus One to debut on Verizon. Add to that, as much as I am an early adopter, I may want to give the new Windows OS some time to work out the kinks. Android isn’t perfect, but when you’re dropping $200+ on a device, the operating system better not even think of giving you anything resembling the blue screen of death.
There are a number of iconic cultural figures that I know very little about … if anything at all. Jimi Hendrix is one of the. I was headed to work on the bus yesterday with my Zune in tow, as usual. I had the Zune on shuffle, and up pops Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix. That’s funny. I don’t even remember loading a “Best of Jimi Hendrix” CD into my library. Shaking off that thought to concentrate on the music, I found that I was nearly in a trance listening to the song.
Given my not so well hidden OCD tendencies, I played the song over a few times, and then listened to a few more. As is normally the case with me, I go into a deep dive when I become interested in something. I started looking online for more information about Hendrix. I found an interesting biography article in Rolling Stone. I also found the following video on Hendrix that someone put together for a class.
Perhaps a bit naive, but after scrolling through the CD and watching videos on YouTube, I was amazed at the number of times I found myself saying, “I didn’t know he made that song.” I am sure a lot of it has to do with me not really listening to, or appreciating, rock music when I was growing up. It was all around me, but I just didn’t find it that compelling. I was an R&B and pop kid, and there was (and still is) only so much distorted guitar I listen to before squinting. Nevertheless, as I’ve gotten older, I am beginning to discover that I like a number of musical genres. As much as I listen to electronica and downbeat house music, I am slowly working in rock, country and some other styles into my rotation. I think Jimi Hendrix appeals to me because the rock is fused with a certain amount of rhythm. I had the same hurdle to overcome with Prince–granted his music is quite different from Hendrix.
What about you? Is there artist or group that you have always known about generally, but later developed an appreciation for his/her/their style? Is there a musical genre that you now like that you wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to years ago?