Microsoft's annual Connect(); developer conference was on this week and the company made a ton of important announcements during the event. There were a few surprises, particularly when it came to Microsoft forging partnerships with its competitors to bring new tools to its developer community. Here are five big announcements from Connect(); you may have missed.
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According to Gartner, worldwide spending on enterprise apps will reach US$149.9 billion by the end of the year as organisations eagerly build and implement apps internally. The aim of these enterprise apps is to improve the way employees work and, in turn, increase productivity. That's good and all but there's no point rolling out an app that employees don't want to use it. Most organisations know this but there needs to be an acceptance that an app won't please everybody in the business.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
If you are currently reading this on your mobile phone, there's a good chance you're using an Android. Google's ubiquitous mobile OS has surged ahead of Apple in the Australian smartphone market and is now the best-selling mobile platform on the planet. However, there are still plenty of manufacturers and software developers that are reluctant to wet their toes in the Android marketplace. What gives?
Two years ago, we brought you Lifehacker's best apps of 2005, and many of them are still top-notch.