Jean-Louis Gassée on the interesting timing of Steven Sinofsky’s exit from Microsoft:
But if we imagine a different reality, one in which Sinofsky stands before a big Mission Accomplished banner, where critics rave about the beauty, harmony, and impeccable polish of a Windows 8 that runs flawlessly on PCs, laptops, tablets, and Surface-like hybrids…do we think for a moment Ballmer would have shown Sinofsky the door?
Clearly, Gassée agrees with the hypothesis I put forth last week.
I also like his thoughts on where Apple could take app multi-tasking in iOS — yes, borrowing a page from Windows 8. One oddity of the fourth-generation iPad is that it’s almost too fast for current generation of apps. It’s hard to find one that can take advantage of the power offered up. But what about two apps running split-screen in a hypothetical iOS 7? This would also be one hell of a selling point for the larger iPad versus the iPad mini.
I’ll leave it up to someone else to figure out if/how that’s even possible with current screen resolutions and math.