Good news, self-loading freight. Next time you're on a Delta flight, the cart-pushers will be able to take your money more easily. It's all thanks to Windows Phone, Nokia and Avanade.
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Charles Ripley gets creative:
The next time you fly Delta, don’t be surprised if a smartphone takes your drink order. [It] will make life simpler for hard-pressed flight attendants and...passengers.
The move comes as Windows Phone 8 struggles to compete with mobile-OS heavyweights Android and iOS. [It] still holds only a 3.7-percent market share. ... But it does exhibit corporate-level confidence in Windows Phone, which is no doubt cause for celebration in Redmond. MORE
Kevin C. Tofel adds:
...not seeing too many people using Windows Phone? You will if you take a flight on Delta. ... Each flight attendant will carry a Nokia Lumia 820 with...software from Avanade on the Microsoft Dynamics for Retail mobile point-of sale platform.
As part of Delta’s agreement, the airline will upgrade the handsets to Nokia’s newest devices over the next three years. ... The news coincides with another bright spot: Microsoft Windows Phone has moved from fourth to second place in Latin America [says] research firm IDC. MORE
Microsoft's Wayne Morris proudly grins:
The move...is part of a continued effort by Delta to upgrade cabin equipment and improve the in-flight experience for customers. ... They are obviously doing things right, and we’re proud to be part of it!
The unique Windows Phone Live Tiles provide the latest information at a glance, including local weather details and flight tracking information. ... Delta serves more than 160 million customers each year, and we are delighted to play a part in helping each of them have a great in-flight experience. MORE
Fresh from his dyke-protected adventures in the land of clogs, Paul Thurrott has heard it all before; and he notes an angle that others have missed:
I heard about the deal back in July. ... The usage will eventually reach 22,000 flight attendants.
Delta will be outfitting its pilots with Windows tablets this fall, as well. MORE
What's in it for me? Sherri L. Smith knows:
Ready to fly the teched-out skies? ... The service also promises faster transaction times and more efficient services. ...customers will receive an ereceipt via email.
Flight attendants will also have access to certain customer-specific information for a more personalized service such as upgrading seating, connective gate updates, passenger manifestos and more. MORE
Meanwhile, Matthew Miller is... a dork?
I'm a dork when it comes to visiting stores and checking out the handsets they use for payments. I remember when Apple stores used old Palm OS devices for years. ... AT&T used an iPad for my entire purchase experience when I purchased my Nokia Lumia 1020.
Most mobile platforms are quite stable and reliable today, especially when you look at a few years ago when you could expect regular lockups and resets on your device. Windows Phone is the most stable mobile OS I have used and it makes sense that Delta is going with a low cost, stable device like the Lumia 820. MORE
But Henry disagrees:
Would be great to see how it goes one or two months after the launch. I'm interested to hear how the system recovers from restarts and battery loss, which may occur frequently, if my 820 is any indication. MORE
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