Is Your Next Phone Your Next PC?

It’s getting increasingly difficult to differentiate a phone from a tablet from a PC and, today, while watching the Microsoft stream from Mobile World Congress one of those differentiators for “Windows Phone” seemed to disappear – the absence of a physical keyboard.

Along with the launch of another large-screen Lumia, the 640XL to go alongside the 1320 and the 1520;

came the announcement of the new Universal Foldable Keyboard;

and a demonstration of that keyboard working with a phone running Windows 10 with the “Detail” section on that product website noting that the keyboard will also work on Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2.


Part of the same event demo’d more of running the forthcoming Universal Office Apps on Windows 10 on a phone. I haven’t captured a screenshot of Excel in use on the phone but it was part of this demo section and it was pretty impressive as was the Outlook demo;

and so a typical laptop worker can sit on a 6” phone running Windows 10 and run a version of Office and bang away on their foldable, bluetooth keyboard and all they really need is a big screen to put their content onto and, presumably, they could make use of something like;

as detailed in this blog post to wirelessly project this onto an external monitor and now they’ve effectively constructed a ‘desktop PC’.

I’m not sure that in Windows Phone 8.1 this would provide the ‘perfect’ experience when compared to working on a laptop and I don’t know how it’ll work in Windows 10 on a small mobile device as I’m not running Windows 10 yet on anything under 8” and, of course, it’s a preview right now rather than a finished product.

But…it seems that all the pieces are there to make this work today and to refine it into a more mainstream idea in the future?

Twitter Followers/Analytics

I had a quick look at Twitter’s analytics today following a link from my colleague, Andrew.

I’d never been there before and I spent 2 minutes in it and it looks like Twitter start gathering most of their data once you sign up for analytics so most of the sections seemed empty but I found this picture of my Twitter followers really interesting;


in that it looks like the folks are interested in “programming”/”tech”/”mobile” and are mostly in the UK and the US and also follow a bunch of other Twitter people/handles that are entirely familiar to me.

It’s a bit reassuring to know that people aren’t following me for my hair styling tips or my thoughts on pre-Raphaelite literature Winking smile

If you’re one of those followers – great, glad to know you, feel very free to say “hello” if you’ve not done so before Smile

while (true) { CheckBTInfinityIsAvailableYet(); } /* Infinite Loop of BT Infinity Availability */

I’ve been trying to fathom this out for quite a while now. Like an increasing number of people, I work quite a lot from home and I need good connectivity. Generally, my connectivity is better than the WiFi networks I use in most of the offices that I visit but, of course, I’d like more bandwidth than the 8-10mbps that my current service provides (I know, a lot of people in the UK don’t get 8-10mbps – you have my sympathy).

I get my broadband via BT at the moment and trying to figure out whether I can get more bandwidth via the regular phone line appears to be a never-ending loop.

I go to the BT Infinity website – There’s a simple box where I can type in my phone number and the UI then tells me;


Ok – it’s fairly clear that I can’t have Infinity right now but I can follow the highlighted link to use the “Openreach postcode checker” to see when it might be available. So I go there ( and type in my post-code and it tells me;


where A.O. means “Accepting Orders” – so my exchange is ready to go and this site then tells me that I can buy this now;


or, at least, that my exchange is “accepting orders” but the reality is that my property isn’t enabled. However, I follow the “At Home” link;


and so I tap on the “BT” website link which leads me to a page where I can;


and that leads me back to where I started;


and now I’m into an infinite loop where there’s no more detail available than “Not Available” which seems a bit minimal Sad smile

That said, I did contact BT about this a few weeks ago. First, I phoned them up and they told me “we don’t have any more information” and then I asked them on Twitter;


and I did fill in the form that BT asked me to complete but, unfortunately, I never seemed to get any mails back from them Sad smile

I’m not sure why the rollout of fast broadband has to be this kind of closely guarded secret – it seems that there must be a schedule somewhere and publishing it would be a matter of a few mouse clicks so why the cloak-and-dagger when it comes to finding out what’s happening with fast (phone line) broadband in a particular area?