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How To Ecosystem-ize Your Devices To Boost Productivity

Kenny Trinh

In today’s modern world most of us own several devices for our work needs and leisure, owning several devices means having different data on each device which could hamper our productivity, so how can you use your devices as an ecosystem to boost your productivity? The number of connected devices has exceeded the 7 billion mark, outnumbering people on the planet, it means that there is an increase in devices per person, while each device is playing an important role in our lives daily activities, their power for productivity can be fully appreciated in how they are used together with other devices. Kenny Trinh from NetBookNews strives hard to educate readers in choosing the right devices that fit every unique need and price-wise that suits the reader’s budget.

What is an ecosystem of devices?

A collection of devices with a relationship with each other, the idea is connected devices can share information and functionality with each other so that users can start a task in one device and finish it in another.

We can see the types of ecosystem emerging, from smartphones, tablets, laptops, TV’s and other devices interacting with one another and wirelessly sharing data, this can shape individual interaction of contents and services that flow between devices en route to the user's goal.

Speaking about today's evolving IoT marketplace, the services related to those connected things reap more value for businesses in comparison to the past. Hence, the IT industry pioneers are executing new ideas of connecting things and people to deliver new services to the market”.

Choosing the right ecosystem for you

Apple: Apple Ecosystem is more connected to devices. Like Google and Microsoft, It doesn't have a large portfolio of Internet Services and is more connected to Apple - Apple Devices. These services include iCloud, AirDrop, iTunes. iCloud lets you sync files to access it within apple devices.

Apple’s dominance comes through its software reliability, it also takes your system offline while still offering cloud-based services. Apple has a complete ecosystem. They have desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and smartwatches that work together flawlessly even when offline. Apple provides more reliability at a high price.

Google: It offers everything, Gmail, Google Drive, Translate, Docs, Plus... It's a long list. All these internet-based services are highly embedded in Android-powered Mobile Phones. Which means, It's ecosystem is highly flexible, it doesn't matter what device you have, the experience is gonna be the same.

Google offers cloud-based services which most people have privacy concerns what they fail to realize is that Apple and Microsoft have also lower quality score when it comes to security, Google’s ecosystem is dependent on the internet so if you don’t have internet then you can’t access your data, but the internet has become part of our lives so this flaw would go unnoticed in time, Google doesn’t have a desktop but it has a tablet, smartphone and netbook devices.

Microsoft: Microsoft also offers a wide array of internet services that are embedded in Windows OS (PC + Mobile). Giving it a little bit more advantage over Google. Also, Microsoft has a very wide Enterprise Market, which further extends its ecosystem capabilities.

Microsoft uses an old school system that relies on huge user-based, while they still haven’t offered any tablet counterpart to Google. They have mobile phones that are based on windows. Microsoft products work on every desktop or laptop out there, being the most popular operating system in the world their advantage against Google and Apple is the ease of communication with another system.

Applications like Dropbox, copy on smartphones and paste on PC allow users to sync files from one device to another for easy access regardless of what ecosystem you are using. These applications will help you boost your productivity, so using any of this ecosystem is really up to your preference and availability.


If you limited yourself to Apple’s ecosystem, you’d have to give up most of the world’s devices and all the most successful business software and services.

If you limited yourself to Google’s ecosystem, you’d have to give up almost all of the on-premise software including Microsoft Office, Windows Server and major programs such as Exchange, SQL Server, Sharepoint and so on. You’d also have to give up LinkedIn, GitHub, and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, etc), as well as Steam and your PC and Xbox games.

29-03-2019 11:53:20  |   Investments
If you use Microsoft’s ecosystem, you don’t really have to give anything up, except Sony Playstation and Nintendo games (to be replaced by Xbox games), and Google’s Cloud Platform and Amazon’s AWS (to be replaced by Azure). If you use Android or Apple PCs, tablets and phones then Microsoft wants you to use its ecosystem. There isn’t a version of Office for Linux, partly because it’s not a commercial proposition, but the online version works fine

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