Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 13:54 UTC
Windows If you ever needed any proof it's anything but roses ans sunshine over at Microsoft's Windows Phone division, it's this. The next version of Windows Phone, WP8, will run on the NT kernel, which marks a pretty substantial departure from the current release. This raises the question: will current handsets be upgradeable to WP8? First, Microsoft indicated no. Then they said yes (interview retracted). And now, they're saying no again.
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Foolish
by arpan on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:12 UTC
arpan
Member since:
2006-07-30

Microsoft is really foolish to not confirm that the next version will run on current phones like the Lumia 900. There's no way I'm spending $600+ on a phone that won't be supported for even a year.

On the other hand, if they are really going to drop support for current phones in Apollo, then they are even more foolish. Spitting on your fan base is not the way to make a failing platform successful.

Reply Score: 9

RE: Foolish
by No it isnt on Wed 18th Apr 2012 18:16 UTC in reply to "Foolish"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Not updating to Windows 8 does not mean dropping support. Windows Vista and XP still get updates, AFAIK.

Edited 2012-04-18 18:16 UTC

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RE[2]: Foolish
by Moredhas on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Foolish"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

True, but all the cool stuff that may finally make Windows Phone worthwhile will probably only run on Windows Phone 8. Also, phones are a completely different climate to computers. People over the past ten years have grown to expect a certain support period and have a sense of entitlement regarding security updates and the like. Phones being updateable at all is a recent affectation. As recent as two and a half years ago, you could buy a phone and never expect an update, and the "average joe" customer probably wouldn't even notice he's not getting updates. He'd be encouraged to buy a new phone. Take Samsung, for example, they learned very quickly from the consumer backlash over their i7500 Galaxy Icon (their first Android handset) that you can't release an Android phone and never release an update. Prior to this phone, they'd actually re-release the SAME PHONES with a software update, and call them a new model. See the F480 and F480i, or any of a dozen early Omnia models.

Increasingly, when manufacturers put out some new device, they're letting their old ones rot, which effectively motivates upgrades.

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RE[2]: Foolish
by bassbeast on Thu 19th Apr 2012 09:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Foolish"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

But if an OS updates and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? unlike those other two examples what WinPhone has never had is APPS, and if they stick those that were foolish enough to actually believe in their product with an OS that will only get security updates while all the new devices and marketing and buzz goes to Win 8? Then they might as well not bother as anyone who bought it is basically gonna end up with a really expensive paperweight.

Frankly the ONLY ones I think that are gonna win on this whole deal is the geeks, hopefully when Win 8 comes out (which i predict will be Vista II, but that's another story) then the WinPhone devices will probably end up on places like Woot! at touchpad firesale prices. Hopefully somebody will hack together an Android that will run on them, if not I'd pay say $100 for an unlocked Lumia even if the OS is dead.

But if anyone has any doubts Ballmer is a bad CEO and doesn't understand the market here ya go, a perfect example. Yeah lets shoot Nokia right in the face when they are struggling by making sure nobody will touch winPhone with a 50 foot pole for fear they'll get an expensive paperweight. Hey while you're at it you'll infuriate those that bought your devices so much they'll NEVER buy another WinMobile, what a bright idea! I'm just glad when my dad needed a new smartphone i talked him out of a WinPhone for Android, at least with Droid if the carrier stops supporting it you still have a shot at CynogenMod, anybody who bought one of these is gonna end up with a very expensive paperweight and a serious case of buyer's remorse. what a dumb move MSFT, dumb move.

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RE: Foolish
by helf on Wed 18th Apr 2012 22:13 UTC in reply to "Foolish"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

People are doing that left and right for Android phones that wont be officially supported the day you buy them... ;)

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v RE[2]: Foolish
by jnemesh on Wed 18th Apr 2012 23:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Foolish"
RE[3]: Foolish
by helf on Wed 18th Apr 2012 23:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Foolish"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

It's called a joke. I'm sorry it flew that far over your head.

If you've paid any attention to the android ecosystem since it's inception, you'd realize that carriers and makers have an extremely lacklustre history of support.

Falling back to calling someone a troll because you cant string together a coherent retort is just poor form.

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RE[4]: Foolish
by jnemesh on Wed 18th Apr 2012 23:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Foolish"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

My reply was coherent.

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RE[3]: Foolish
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 19th Apr 2012 16:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Foolish"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Google is not in control of the versions of android that the manufacturers provide for handsets, and the carriers certify. You are referring to a number of manufacturers that together promised to provide updates to phones for newer versions of Android, if they are capable of supporting them.

Well, guess what, many high end phones are not capable of supporting newer versions of android with in that time frame and even if they are, it takes forever for manufacturers to update them due to their own customizations and carrier certification requirements.

So your statement while based off of a true pledge, really hasn't been consumers experience.

The "troll" comment above is much closer to reality.

However, if you are smart enough to buy a phone supported by cyanogen mod, then the support for your phone is much more assured. Which is more than any windows phone 7 owner can hope for. Android support for older phones isn't great, but its better than anything else out there.

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RE[4]: Foolish
by helf on Thu 19th Apr 2012 18:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Foolish"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, I'll definitely go with you here. If I got another Android phone, it would ONLY be one that cyanogen supports. Their support for handsets really is commendable.

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RE[5]: Foolish
by jnemesh on Thu 19th Apr 2012 21:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Foolish"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

I LOVED how Samsung shipped the Cyanogen mod team 10 SGS II handsets, and said "Here you go! Only one thing required...just get our phones to work with Cyanogen!" Great stuff! Oh, and then they hire the main guy from Cyanogen to come work for them! This is a company that truly gets it! Maybe Microsoft should learn from their example...

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'Plays for sure'
by shotsman on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:16 UTC
shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

That is all you need to know when it comes to Microsoft and their commitments.

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RE: 'Plays for sure'
by Moredhas on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:32 UTC in reply to "'Plays for sure'"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I somehow think an up vote here might have been more worthwhile than my comment on the above post. Plays For Sure was a joke, and made a bigger joke of the Zune when Microsoft's own media player wasn't part of their so called Plays For Sure family. By the way, I have an old Plays For Sure mp3 player from Sandisk. Think it'll work in Windows beyond a mass storage device? Nope!

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RE[2]: 'Plays for sure'
by bassbeast on Thu 19th Apr 2012 09:44 UTC in reply to "RE: 'Plays for sure'"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Actually playsforsure was a hit but then Ballmer showed what an incompetent CEO he was by slaughtering a success to push his own iPod ripoff, but before the Zune there were several sites selling monthly subscriptions that were quite popular. The nice thing about PFS was that it worked on everything from that $20 MP3 player you got at the Walgreen's checkout to that $200 PMP and most places were offering anywhere from 5 to 10 downloads to keep and all you could listen to a month for $10.

BTW have you tried switching it to MPC mode? Most of those old players had a setting buried in the options, I still use my 4Gb Sandisk E series in Win 7 and it recognizes and loads just fine. WMP 12 will even auto-transcode to my preferred bitrate for the device without me having to tell it beyond when i initially plugged it in. Works just fine, not a bit of trouble and it was a PFS device too.

As for TFA...sigh, is anyone surprised? What we are seeing is just like the Pepsi guy at Apple, a CEO that doesn't know what he is doing aping those around him and failing horribly and this is from someone who has been on Windows since 3.x. just look at how many DUMB moves the man has made, PFS being killed for Zune, Kin, pushing on the X360 with a billion dollar flaw, Vista, and now WinPhone. Frankly if it weren't for Win 7 the guy would have had nothing but fails on his watch. he's just a bad CEO folks, and stupid moves like this just shows how he doesn't understand his customers. Boy I bet Nokia is really regretting that deal now huh?

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RE[3]: 'Plays for sure'
by Moredhas on Thu 19th Apr 2012 09:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 'Plays for sure'"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I honestly haven't touched my old Sandisk media player for years. I use my phone for playing music, these days. Copy and paste the files onto the SD card, and like magic, the Android media player finds them.

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RE[3]: 'Plays for sure'
by bornagainenguin on Thu 19th Apr 2012 15:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 'Plays for sure'"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

bassbeast waxed nostalgic...

Actually playsforsure was a hit but then Ballmer showed what an incompetent CEO he was by slaughtering a success to push his own iPod ripoff, but before the Zune there were several sites selling monthly subscriptions that were quite popular. The nice thing about PFS was that it worked on everything from that $20 MP3 player you got at the Walgreen's checkout to that $200 PMP and most places were offering anywhere from 5 to 10 downloads to keep and all you could listen to a month for $10.


Yeah, I remember all that, and I remember how mind boggling stupid I thought Microsoft was for killing that market and setting back the future of subscription audio for years..... It didn't hurt me though despite having an old Rio MP3 player at the time, because I saw that it was Microsoft involved and knew better than to trust them by then, so I stuck with podcasts and cdex for my music needs.

I wager a lot of people who have had other products of Microsoft's and seen how they treat their customers have come to the same conclusion, that it simply isn't worth taking the chance. Past performance will eventually get you every time, which is why it is always a good idea to treat your customers well.

--bornagainpenguin

PS: can we please get a mobile app (Android and iOS) for the Site? My god, but how the input box fights with me on my tablet!

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RE[4]: 'Plays for sure'
by Neolander on Thu 19th Apr 2012 16:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 'Plays for sure'"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

PS: can we please get a mobile app (Android and iOS) for the Site? My god, but how the input box fights with me on my tablet!

IMHO, if the website doesn't work with a mobile web browser, then the website needs fixing. I really don't think that hiding problems between effort duplication, like some other websites do, is such a bright idea...

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RE[4]: 'Plays for sure'
by bassbeast on Fri 20th Apr 2012 14:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 'Plays for sure'"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I thought at the time just more proof that Ballmer only got the job by virtue of being gates' little buddy and frankly wasn't cut out for the task. When he drove a stake in PFS there were several sites bringing in millions (that MSFT was getting a cut of every quarter) and for those that wanted new music constantly it was the cheapest thing going. Literally you had 10s of 1000s of songs at your fingertips, most had these cool genre playlists that would load you up with an entire device full of new music in the style/s you liked AND you got to keep 10 songs, all for $10?

While I didn't use them personally (I had been buying used CDs since the 80s and ripping them to MP3 so I already have more music than i could ever listen to) I knew several that did and all they did was gush on about how great it was, that PFS took all the work out and made it as simple as "plug in device once a month, hit load, enjoy new tunes" like having a personal commercial free radio station that played only genres you liked hassle free.

But again we shouldn't be surprised, if its one thing Ballmer has taught us its that while a good CEO can take a bad situation and turn it into a positive its also true a terrible CEO can take a golden goose and slaughter it. PFS was a winner, now what do they have? Nothing, Zune flopped just like everyone knew it would and now Amazon and Apple own the market. Just another dumb move from a CEO who has done nothing BUT dumb moves.

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The dead don't care for blows
by kragil on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:29 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

WP7 was stillborn and never really lived. Sure, a few bloggers loved playing with the phones for a few minutes, but in the real world nearly nobody bought one(only people I know who have one got them really really cheap because vendors needed to clear out inventory)
Here at OSnews there will be a few people who have one, but this is a really special part of the real world.

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RE: The dead don't care for blows
by mkools on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:56 UTC in reply to "The dead don't care for blows"
mkools Member since:
2005-10-11

I agree. I know one person who has one which is my cousin and he got it from his company just to play with and that's an IT company so they have to test everything. Other than that I almost never see them in the wild. The only thing I see are Blackberries (yes, they are still quite popular here in our country), iOS or Android.

Seems like Windows Phone and Windows 8 are both going to be a major fail. I would never buy or even install Windows 8 with Metro and I would never ever consider buying a Windows Phone or tablet. I wouldn't even use one if I got it for free.

Microsoft really missed the boat with their phone OS years and years ago. Everybody got so annoyed with WinMo for several years that nobody would even think of going back again even though the OS is much better now (although it's sitll light years away from the competition).

So I don't care what they do, even if they switched to a Linux Kernel I would still not buy one so go ahead switch to the NT kernel, I'm sure people will still not buy it.

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RE: The dead don't care for blows
by helf on Wed 18th Apr 2012 22:14 UTC in reply to "The dead don't care for blows"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

I own one, I know 3 other people with WP7 phones and I see them floating around relatively often in the public.

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jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

How long have you been at Microsoft? ;)

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Never, luckily ;) I hear it isn't the best place to work.

And thanks for insinuating I'm a MS shrill because I happen to like one of their products ;) I'm typing this on my T60 running FC16... so... yeah.

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jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

Come on, I was having a bit of fun with you, thats all. But, if you look around, there IS a LOT of astroturfing going on from Microsoft in the various forums.

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Heh, I wouldnt be surprised :p I usually dont comment on many forums. I do it on OSN out of habit, lol.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

The sad part is they don't even give them fresh scripts! Point out that win 8 is gonna fail on any mainstream (or even some of the geek sites like slashdot) and watch as just like the sunrise they come. the sad part is they are SO obvious as the script they have them using is total market drone speak, the last one I saw had the phrase "consumer experience" like FIVE times in it! Who talks like that?

I mean you'd think that someone with the money of MSFT would get like the writers of 30 rock or some other top tier show to write them some compelling scripts, instead we get words like "synergy" and "consumer experience". I bet it would make a funny send up though..."Microsoft...where even our astroturf sounds like something from a Dilbert comic"

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

How Desktop agnostic is Windows Phone 7? Does it mount as a USB drive? Are the music files sanely stored with the same file names before you transferred, or do they end up with random numerical names?

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

It's in no way desktop agnostic, lol. It supports syncing under windows and OSX.

That is the most annoying part for me but it really hasnt been an issue. I run win7 on my desktop for various reasons (games, etc) and I occasionally sync my phone to it.

WP7 uses MTP, iirc, so it can, in theory, sync with other programs. You can't mount it as a mass storage device, though.

None of this matters to me, though, because I have a tablet that I use for everything and my phone is... a phone and light internet terminal.

But you do have very valid points which a lot of people should take into consideration.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Interesting. Well, MTP is kinda supported in Linux with libmtp. I've never tried it because I don't have a device that supports MTP.

http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/Issues/2009/104/MTP-in-Linux

There are also some androids that have MTP support. Sounds like its going to be the future there.

http://www.androidcentral.com/ics-feature-mtp-what-it-why-use-it-an...

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aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Funny how OS X is more neardily ok considering the company is much worse.

Edit: UNIX badge?

Edited 2012-04-19 20:11 UTC

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, I dont get that. I'll use whatever strikes my fancy; osx, windows, *linux, *bsd...

Reply Score: 2

correction
by maccouch on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:34 UTC
maccouch
Member since:
2012-03-14

"This was followed yesterday by an interview for Italian website Zame,"


It's a Portuguese website and it's called Zwame...

Edited 2012-04-18 14:34 UTC

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Comment by satan666
by satan666 on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:35 UTC
satan666
Member since:
2008-04-18

This is deja vu. Anyone remembers Windows Mobile?
And still, how can one talk about fragmentation when nobody is actually using WP7?
Elop was a visionary when he talked about Nokia using a burning platform. He was actually talking about WP7.
Your chair is rocking or the wind blows the papers on your desk? There is a WP7 phone for that!

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Of course!
by bornagainenguin on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:40 UTC
bornagainenguin
Member since:
2005-08-07

Microsoft is trying an innovative approach called "Insulting Your Customers" as a marketing scheme, hasn't anyone been paying attention?

First they do the whole "Smoked by Windows Phone 7" thing where they try to compete in a rigged competition and insult prospective buyers.

Then they have their Nokia division run adverts on TV claiming that everyone who was using a mobile phone was a sucker and an idiot paying to do beta testing for the Lumia 900.

What could possibly backfire with this approach?

--bornagainpenguin

EDIT: Actually this is nothing new, anyone else remember "The Mojave Experiment" they did where they pretended Vista was a new operating system? Yeah, when your marketing campaign relies on telling people "You're too stupid to know this is good!" the product and the company that spawned it is dead, it just doesn't know it yet...

Edited 2012-04-18 14:43 UTC

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RE: Of course!
by GraphiteCube on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:08 UTC in reply to "Of course!"
GraphiteCube Member since:
2009-04-01

What about the bashing from Apple? Remember the PC guy and Mac guy? Remember how Apple make fun on Windows users?

It is marketing.

Haters gonna hate, I don't care if the mod/ others make this as spam. I just feel that NOT only the media, also YOU people are also insulting Windows Phone users. Do everyone has to use Android/ iPhone just because everyone else use it? Are you people so free that you need to bash Windows (Phone) users to kill your time?

Learn to respect the choice made by the others, learn what that there are always someone else want "alternatives".

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RE[2]: Of course!
by imaginant on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
imaginant Member since:
2010-02-26

This is not about hating or being a fanboy, and only a little about being insulting. It is more about being deceptive. Deception is just a form of lying. Lying to customers is at best unwise, if not incredibly stupid. Selling a phone which Microsoft and all associated parties, know will be obsolete in 6-months, but hide that fact, is just plain wrong. There is no hate in this, but there is karma, and karma is immutable. This is why posters are saying (in various iterations) that Microsoft will see a big backlash on this one. And yes, Microsoft and all associated parties did and do know the phone will be obsolete, regardless of what they say.

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RE[2]: Of course!
by djohnston on Wed 18th Apr 2012 19:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
djohnston Member since:
2006-04-11

Learn to respect the choice made by others, and that there is always someone who wants alternatives.


(Edited for clarity) Hey, that's a great line. Try it on the Redmond campus and see if it gets any traction. Any traction at all.

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RE[2]: Of course!
by bornagainenguin on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

GraphiteCube blustered...

Haters gonna hate, I don't care if the mod/ others make this as spam. I just feel that NOT only the media, also YOU people are also insulting Windows Phone users. Do everyone has to use Android/ iPhone just because everyone else use it? Are you people so free that you need to bash Windows (Phone) users to kill your time?


Whoa! ...whoa...

I didn't insult your mother or look at your girlfriend funny, all I said was Microsoft's marketing doesn't exactly inspire the fuzzies for me. And that none of their last few marketing campaigns have really resonated in a good way with me or others I know.

Why are you taking it so personally?

Also, using "you people" like that just makes me hear Rush Limbaugh's voice in my head for some reason. And that's not a good thing in this instance.

GraphiteCube blustered...
What about the bashing from Apple? Remember the PC guy and Mac guy? Remember how Apple make fun on Windows users?

It is marketing.


Yeah, bad marketing.

You know, I often laughed at the I'm a Mac and I'm a PC commercials because those were mocking the middle management types, but they were never really personal. Apple understood that they needed to make people want what they offered. Microsoft's advertising here was personal and an attack. Not surprising that you don't know the difference given your level of anger on display, but let me recap:

In the "Smoked by Windows 7" marketing Microsoft deliberately targets those who are already fans of their preferred mobile devices and seeks to humiliate them using rigged challenges.

In the Nokia commercials they tell potential customers who are using other devices that they've been tricked into paying to beta test for others. Then mocks people saying: You didn't really think those other phones were for real, did you?

In the Mojave Experiment Microsoft more or less told potential customers that they were simply too stupid to see how wonderful Vista really was.

It's personal. The only one who should be getting angry about the I'm a Mac; I'm a PC commercials is John Hodgman. Or Justin Long, for being made out to be a Hipster.

GraphiteCube blustered...
Learn to respect the choice made by the others, learn what that there are always someone else want "alternatives".


Look, I don't care if you want a Windows phone or if you want to jump out of a Window--I'm just saying that these ads aren't provoking what I think is the hoped for response. I think Microsoft is blowing it on multiple levels due to 70's era Ma Bell arrogance, because they're Microsoft and not recognizing that in the mobile market they're the underdogs. In such a situation you need to make friends not enemies.

Not that I'd expect you to understand that sentiment considering the way you responded. Or should that be "you people" at Microsoft? :-P

--bornagainpenguin

EDIT -added missing "not" to fix sentence

Edited 2012-04-18 20:14 UTC

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RE: Of course!
by gmlongo on Wed 18th Apr 2012 16:10 UTC in reply to "Of course!"
gmlongo Member since:
2005-07-07

Except, by most reports, the Lumia 900 is selling very well...

It is strange to see so many anti-WP7 articles on the web lately considering that with the launch of the Lumia 900, WP7 is finally gaining awareness with the average consumer.

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RE[2]: Of course!
by skandalfo on Wed 18th Apr 2012 16:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
skandalfo Member since:
2010-04-07

Except, by most reports, the Lumia 900 is selling very well...


Citation needed?

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RE[2]: Of course!
by glarepate on Wed 18th Apr 2012 16:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Except, by most reports, the Lumia 900 is selling very well...


Same as with the 800, eh? Except now the guidance from Nokia says that the Lumia line only sold 2 million units and that is part of why their earnings will be negative this quarter.

It is strange to see so many anti-WP7 articles on the web lately considering that with the launch of the Lumia 900, WP7 is finally gaining awareness with the average consumer.


Click trollers will use anything that has a buzz to it to get page hits. The increased awareness is part of what makes it work for them.

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RE[2]: Of course!
by arpan on Wed 18th Apr 2012 17:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

If the Lumia 900 is selling well, then doesn't this news make it worse. Considering that Windows 7 was selling very poorly, that would mean that when Apollo is released, 75%+ of the phones that will be abandoned will be less than a year old. And the most popular models (800 & 900) are over $500 or come with 2 year commitments.

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RE[3]: Of course!
by gmlongo on Thu 19th Apr 2012 15:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Of course!"
gmlongo Member since:
2005-07-07

Who said they will be abandoned? Not getting WP8 is a TOTALLY different thing than being abandoned. One thing MS does, and does well, is support their software.

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RE[2]: Of course!
by Heard on Wed 18th Apr 2012 17:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
Heard Member since:
2009-12-24
RE[3]: Of course!
by jnemesh on Wed 18th Apr 2012 23:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Of course!"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

They are saying it "sold out"...well, how many phones, exactly, is that? 1 million? 2? Not 4 million, then it would have been all over the news, since that is what Apple achieved with the 4s over it's initial weekend. So we have a low number shipped to retailers so they can say "WOW! We sold out! Look how great we are!" When in reality, they are probably being BURIED, even in the US. Since there are over 850,000 Android devices activated EVERY DAY, plus God only knows how many iPhones...how many will Microsoft and Nokia have to sell to even make a DENT in their abysmal 2.5% market share?

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RE[4]: Of course!
by gmlongo on Thu 19th Apr 2012 15:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Of course!"
gmlongo Member since:
2005-07-07

The number of iPhones and Android devices sold has little bearing on whether or not the Lumia 900 is selling well.

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RE[3]: Of course!
by cyrilleberger on Fri 20th Apr 2012 06:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Of course!"
cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

They are practically giving the Lumia 900 away for free, anything else but exhaustion of stock would have been worse than total failure.

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RE[4]: Of course!
by phoehne on Fri 20th Apr 2012 12:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Of course!"
phoehne Member since:
2006-08-26

That's something a lot of people ignore. When a phone is in demand it is not discounted. It is discounted to help boost sales when sales start to slow. Or an old model is continued to attract price conscious consumers.

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RE: Of course!
by REM2000 on Wed 18th Apr 2012 18:43 UTC in reply to "Of course!"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

i think ill have to find a smoked by Windows event and show how my phone can upgrade to the next version of the OS ;)

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RE[2]: Of course!
by gmlongo on Thu 19th Apr 2012 15:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
gmlongo Member since:
2005-07-07

Current WP7 devices ARE getting upgraded to the next version of the OS. Apollo is NOT the next version...

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RE[3]: Of course!
by roblearns on Thu 19th Apr 2012 18:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Of course!"
roblearns Member since:
2010-09-13

[quote]Current WP7 devices ARE getting upgraded to the next version of the OS. Apollo is NOT the next version...[/quote]

Unimportant distinction duly noted and filed away.

So the Lumia 900 can't be upgraded to the next major release that's coming out later this year - is that carefully worded enough? No, quibble a bit more?

Anyway, long story short the major news outlets are having trouble reporting the news, being stymied by this cleverness of words - and average consumer can't tell if they are getting WIndows Phone 8 or not, for the phone they just bought, and for which they likely now have a 2 year contract extension.

I appreciate OSNews just spelling it out.

Edited 2012-04-19 18:07 UTC

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Windows Phone is a complete disaster
by ronaldst on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:05 UTC
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Member since:
2005-06-29

and yet the software is so modern and refreshing. Feels like OS/2 all over again.

It's high time the Redmond Boys get serious. If Microsoft can beat up Sony, they can do the same with Google.

People need to see more than one Windows Phone on retailers tables full of Android handsets. For 2 years now, nothing has been done about this problem.

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ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

Biting the hands that feeds you.

http://www.osnews.com/story/24924/Microsoft_Demands_15_for_Every_Sa...

Those Android licensing disputes MS launched against their partners probably didn't help the cause either.

Samsung could have easily coerced carriers into carrying both versions of the Galaxy (S2 and Focus S). They're on top of the world right now. There could be a Samsung Focus Ace right now.

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Brunis Member since:
2005-11-01

If Microsoft can beat up Sony, they can do the same with Google.


I must have missed this celebrity deathmatch, when the hell-sinki did Microsoft beat Sony up?

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einr Member since:
2012-02-15

I'm guessing he's referring to Microsoft's Xbox 360 (very slightly) outselling the Sony Playstation 3.

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arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

And loosing billions of dollars in the process. If you beat your competitor, but do it at a loss, is that considered a success??!!

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0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

and yet the software is so modern and refreshing. Feels like OS/2 all over again.


and yet IBM did a much better job with OS/2 than M$ is doing with WP 7. WP 7 is EPIC FAIL even compared to OS/2 and BeOS.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I know you're trolling, but really, how do you figure? As much as I love the BeOS, it was dead in the water before it was a common name even among OS geeks. And OS/2 never stood a chance despite being technically superior to Windows.

Interestingly, both OSes died at Microsoft's hands. If anything, the (prematurely reported) death of Windows Phone is nothing more than well deserved Karma, though I wouldn't count them out just yet.

And lest you flame me as a Microsoft shill etc etc, yes I do like the WP7 OS but I hate the company (as is well known here). With a few tweaks and some openness, WP7 could be the OS that Android would only dream of being. Unfortunately Microsoft has once again crippled a product that could have been great if only they knew what they were doing with it. The same goes for Windows 8 on x86/x64, as far as I'm concerned.

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steampoweredlawn Member since:
2006-09-27

Interestingly, both OSes died at Microsoft's hands.


I know I'm veering a litte off-topic here, but the blood of OS/2 is squarely on IBM's hands. From paying Microsoft by the KLOC (1000 lines of code) instead of by feature, to their insistence that the 1.x line run on the 80286, shipping the first version on time but missing a GUI, their bizarre advertising (Czech nuns anyone?) and charging developers $1000s for the development kits instead of giving them away to anyone and everyone, Microsoft needed only give IBM sufficient rope to hang themselves and their product.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

steampoweredlawn,

No doubt IBM royally screwed up. I still find it ironic, if not for IBM's cooperation with microsoft and essentially handing them an OS monopoly on the PC, the small company might have never become more than a blip on the radar. Of course the ties between Gate's mother and IBM executives was likely responsible for earlier lapses in judgment, however one has to wonder why these lapses continued for so long.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

The way I remember it (granted, I was a teenager back then), Microsoft was on board with IBM all the way, then when Windows sales started zooming, they said "why do we need to keep up this partnership with IBM" and dropped them on the spot.

I remember this because I was in a computer store and saw a clerk marking boxed copies of OS/2 down by about 60%, and I asked him about it. He said they were told to sell all remaining stock at a discount because nobody would want it anymore now that Microsoft wasn't backing it. I went home and got on Compuserve, and eventually found a group discussing the issue. The consensus was what I posted above.

Thank you for pointing out the details, and I wonder now why I never read up on it before.

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Comment by TusharG
by TusharG on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:26 UTC
TusharG
Member since:
2005-07-06

As usual Microsoft is confused and not sure how to work on mobile and web platform. I hate their inconsistency. First they announce some xyz mobile platform and scraped it within 2 months... I was hoping that after my android becomes old (already 1 year old) I will definitely try WP7 but this news is not that good! I'll have to rethink if I should wait for WP8 rather than buying the buggy WP7!

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment by TusharG
by skandalfo on Wed 18th Apr 2012 16:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by TusharG"
skandalfo Member since:
2010-04-07

This is the Kin story repeating:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Kin

Developers don't want to support a "third ecosystem" right now. Market share numbers mean you can cover almost the whole public by supporting just iOS and Android. This, and the fact that Microsoft has demonstrated once and again what a marvelous business partner they are.

Carriers and handset makers just take the marketing dollars/patent abuse and do whatever minimum effort they need to do in order to tick the agreement boxes.

The same way that Linux on the desktop (as an alternative to Windows) has no big numbers, Windows Phone will fail to capture a significant share of the market. There are too many network effects at work in the current ecosystem.

Apple came first with a nice, new and working product.

Android got permission to live just because Apple's offer was so one-size-fits-all and people liked to have different options... a choice on the price/quality trade-off, and the possibility of using their hardware the way they liked.

Microsoft's offer is just a me-too on the locked side of the spectrum, with just a different GUI and a marginally wider range of terminals. And it's late to the game. Windows Phone is still several iterations behind Android and iOS, and thus if any platform is a Beta at all, it's Windows Phone.

You don't need to resort to conspiracy theories about sales channels boycotts or Skype-related carrier boycotts. It's just potential buyers not seeing the point of buying Windows Phone.

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RE: Comment by TusharG
by jnemesh on Wed 18th Apr 2012 23:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by TusharG"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

You should rethink moving to ANY Microsoft product! If you think things will magically get better when they release their new phone OS (pissing of dozens of loyal customers in the process!) then you are mistaken!

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RE[2]: Comment by TusharG
by Morgan on Thu 19th Apr 2012 02:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by TusharG"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's not entirely true, and for a lot of people it's simply impossible. Like it or not, Windows as a desktop OS is a requirement for some, and to them I say make the move to Windows 7 if they haven't already. Yes it's still Microsoft but it's seriously the best thing they've put out in a very long time, and the best Windows OS by a huge margin.

Personally I'm moving away from Windows on all my devices except my media center/PVR (Windows 7 offers the best, most complete support for my hardware) and I'm stuck with my WP7 phone for at least another year for financial reasons (that said, being "stuck" with either OS is just fine from a usability standpoint). Everything else in my home runs either Lubuntu, Arch Linux or Android.

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RE[3]: Comment by TusharG
by Fergy on Thu 19th Apr 2012 08:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by TusharG"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

jnemesh

You should rethink moving to ANY Microsoft product!

Morgan
That's not entirely true, and for a lot of people it's simply impossible.


You did not read jnemesh comment correctly Tusharg.

Edited 2012-04-19 09:06 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by TusharG
by Morgan on Thu 19th Apr 2012 08:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by TusharG"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Okay, you quoted me and attributed it to TusharG. Anyway, I did read the parent post correctly; it was a gross generalization that I felt moved to address. Would you care to elaborate on your opinion?

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RE[5]: Comment by TusharG
by Fergy on Thu 19th Apr 2012 09:13 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by TusharG"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Okay, you quoted me and attributed it to TusharG. Anyway, I did read the parent post correctly; it was a gross generalization that I felt moved to address. Would you care to elaborate on your opinion?

Whoops. I have fixed it now.
I think jnemesh point was that you should try to get away from MS products. Your(Morgan) point is that jnemesh is not entirely right but your comment basically agrees with his premise.

In short; I think you agree with jnemesh that you should try to get a away from MS products.

Edited 2012-04-19 09:13 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by TusharG
by Morgan on Thu 19th Apr 2012 10:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by TusharG"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, my issue is that he said "You should rethink moving to ANY Microsoft product!" and I felt that was a gross generalization. Everyone's situation is different, and while personally I would love to live a Microsoft free life, it's just not feasible at the moment. Eventually I will be able to afford new hardware (both DVR and mobile phone) that are free from the Redmond Machine, but not yet.

It should go without saying that there are many, many mid-to-large businesses out there that have to stick with Microsoft products for a while yet. Once Windows 7 nears the end of its support cycle, I can see businesses starting to adopt alternatives. I certainly don't see them adopting Windows 8, that's for sure. Most long time IT guys know to skip every other major Windows workstation OS release. ME, Vista, and now Win8 are out of the question for serious business work.

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RE[7]: Comment by TusharG
by Fergy on Thu 19th Apr 2012 10:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by TusharG"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Well, my issue is that he said "You should rethink moving to ANY Microsoft product!"

I think you don't get my point. Rethinking means you will reconsider if you still need it. If you find that you still need it then so be it. If you find that there are alternatives that are at least as good then ding dong down goes the witch.

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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Wed 18th Apr 2012 16:45 UTC
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2007-03-30

it has always been this way. windows on arm has most recently been demonstrated on tegra 3 and snapdragon s4. meanwhile nobody uses windows phones, and the hardware is more like a toaster. take a shot in the dark if they'll be upgradeable or not. der

not to mention windows on arm has been renamed to RT and has been delayed past windows 8. so a launch this year.. only if they're lucky. when it does launch everything new will be 28nm, even tegra...

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Nothing new...
by TemporalBeing on Wed 18th Apr 2012 17:50 UTC
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2007-08-22

Microsoft can't say because it will still be for manufacturers to decide, and if history proves out, the answer there will be no simply because the manufacturers won't want to pay yet another license fee (aka royalty) to upgrade the phones from WP7 to Win8.

This is nothing new. Under WinCE/WP7, it was always up to the manufacturers to decide if the upgrade would happen, and it typically did not aside from small patches here and there.

It's simply the nature of the Windows ecosystem.

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Goodbye Microsoft
by benali72 on Wed 18th Apr 2012 18:55 UTC
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Member since:
2008-05-03

After years of suffering under the Microsoft software monopoly for laptops and desktops, I have to say that if MS fails in the smartphone arena, I won't have a problem with that. I'm ready to be abused by Apple and Android makers for awhile, ya know?

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RE: Goodbye Microsoft
by calden on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:29 UTC in reply to "Goodbye Microsoft"
calden Member since:
2012-02-02

I'll stick with my Galaxy Note for a while, best phone I have ever owned. Everyone I know has a iPhone, never been a fan. No file manager, no decent codecs, UI is startimg to look dated, you can't simply mount the phone as a drive and it's to exspensive for such a small screen, I mean come one 3.5". Plus I don't want to be just another robot consumer who has the same thing everyome has, I like niche.

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RE[2]: Goodbye Microsoft
by Morgan on Thu 19th Apr 2012 02:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Goodbye Microsoft"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

If there was a Sprint CDMA Note, it would be my next phone in a heartbeat. I have a friend/coworker who has one and she absolutely loves it. I helped her get it set up and it was a dream to operate.

Unfortunately since I've decided to stick with Sprint for their excellent service in my area, I'm severely limited on phone choices. When I do switch back to Android later this year or early next year, it will be to whichever "pure Google" phone is available.

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Ah :-)
by lord_rob on Wed 18th Apr 2012 19:50 UTC
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2005-08-06

The beauty of open source :-)

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Another Absolutely Essential Opinion
by fretinator on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:45 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

I am on my third Android phone. I live through the constant spontaneous reboots, etc. It's kind of a wild-west platform, but I like it. One of my sons has an iPhone, and the another has a Lumia. I've always envied the smooth performance of my one son's iPhone. Very polished, very smooth. Well, when my other son got a Lumia, I got to play with it. Wow! Gone are the thoughts of my old HTC Touch CE Phone. The Lumia has a very smooth, well-thought-out interface. I even like the new progress animation, with little "bubbles" running across the screen. It would really be a shame if Lumia phones of today are not upgradeable.

Unlike many, I think the new paradigm for Windows phones is slick. I'll probably continue along in my little Android corner (I own WAY too many apps to abandon), but I like choice. If they can just garner enough market share to grow the 3rd-party ecosystem, they could do quite well. Shooting their happy new Lumia users would be a BAD move.

Reply Score: 4

Unsupported?
by Carewolf on Wed 18th Apr 2012 21:31 UTC
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Member since:
2005-09-08

Okay, spot the logical misstep:

* Current phones will not be upgraded to WP8.
* Current phones will be unsupported by the end of the year.

One of those things has absolute NO implications on the other. Especially if the company involved is Microsoft, which generally has supported their OS for so many years people starts to complain when the OS possible might become unsupported after 10 years..

Hate microsoft (I know I do), but please be logically about it, and give them credit for supporting their crap for a long long time.

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RE: Unsupported?
by unoengborg on Thu 19th Apr 2012 13:58 UTC in reply to "Unsupported?"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

Okay, spot the logical misstep:

* Current phones will not be upgraded to WP8.
* Current phones will be unsupported by the end of the year.

One of those things has absolute NO implications on the other. Especially if the company involved is Microsoft, which generally has supported their OS for so many years people starts to complain when the OS possible might become unsupported after 10 years..

Hate microsoft (I know I do), but please be logically about it, and give them credit for supporting their crap for a long long time.


Sure, the phones will most likely be supported by Microsoft, but if they will be supported by software developers are quite another matter. There are very few WP7 phones out there, and if WP8 becomes a success nobody will bother to make sure it works on old phones as well.

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Nokia spitting flames
by fran on Thu 19th Apr 2012 03:10 UTC
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Member since:
2010-08-06

Nokia must be furious. So many will now not buy a Limia.
MS should have had no comment on this until say a month before the release of Win 8 phone.
Good social responsibility decisions to say now, but very stupid business wise.
So maybe MS not so bad after all.

Reply Score: 2

Comment by momchil_karabulev
by momchil_karabulev on Thu 19th Apr 2012 13:05 UTC
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Member since:
2007-12-12

there will be update for mango devices but will not be apollo.

anyway it will bring some of apollo features to existing devices.

here is an interesting read about windows phone updates - www.wpsauce.com/2012/04/understanding-windows-phone-update-philosophy. html

Edited 2012-04-19 13:14 UTC

Reply Score: 1

Just Follow........
by Pelly on Thu 19th Apr 2012 17:17 UTC
Pelly
Member since:
2005-07-07

Just follow the money to see some of Microsoft's possible strategy. Microsoft cash flow isn't dependent upon Windows Mobile/Phone sales and never has been.

A good breakdown can be seen in this article:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/microsoft-apple-and-google-where-doe...

I'm only going to mention Apple and Microsoft. Not that I have anything against Google. I just wanted to make my point(s).

Apple is very dependent upon iPhone, iPad, iPod and iTunes sales. The iPhone alone brings the company more than 50% of the earnings they enjoy. Apple has locked themselves into a position where a massive change in the iPhone plan/platform may be catastrophic to their earnings (we should all be this lucky eh?). While Apple is by no means a one-trick pony, they can only really build upon what they now have, and can not change directions very easily without a major disruption.

By comparison, Microsoft has many divisions that are extremely profitable. It's far easier for Microsoft to change directions with the Windows Phone Platform(s) since any change in that area wouldn't be as major a risk. With this, it's easier for Microsoft to shift resources to implement their changes & direction changes.

By comparing Apple and Microsoft, it's obvious their focus is different. Each company has evolved to serve different aspects of our culture and society. Both have had tremendous success and most of us have benefited from their products and services.

I'm a Wp7.5 user and thoroughly happy with WP7.5. I could have had an iPhone, but decided to with WP7 and don't regret it for a moment.

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RE: Just Follow........
by phoehne on Fri 20th Apr 2012 12:29 UTC in reply to "Just Follow........"
phoehne Member since:
2006-08-26

This discounts Apple's ability to introduce new products. At one time it was heavily dependent on iPods (although not 50% of revenue), then it was iPods and iPhones. Now it's iPods, iPhones and iPads. As long as they keep adding products to that list of "heavily dependent" on items, they will be okay.

That's the trap a lot of companies get in, when they have an established revenue stream from a set of products which they do not want to jeopardize.

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The NT kernel run fine on old computers.
by axilmar on Fri 20th Apr 2012 10:16 UTC
axilmar
Member since:
2006-03-20

The NT kernel run fine on old computers...computers that were much less capable than today's phones, with a single ancient core, with bigger screens and higher resolutions. Why is there a problem today with the NT kernel requiring two cores and such?

Reply Score: 2

Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

The NT kernel run fine on old computers...computers that were much less capable than today's phones, with a single ancient core, with bigger screens and higher resolutions. Why is there a problem today with the NT kernel requiring two cores and such?

Perhaps NT has bloated up in meantime.

Windows 2000 used to run perfectly fine on computers slower than modern phones, but then XP happened... and Vista happened... And only with Win7 Microsoft started to realize that ever-increasing bloat wasn't such a good idea.

Reply Score: 2

Well crap
by kurgan2001 on Sat 21st Apr 2012 07:11 UTC
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Member since:
2008-12-31

Guess my LG Quantum won't be getting the update ;)

Oh well, my next phone was going to be an Android one anyway. Mango is still lacking basic features iOS and android have standard (setting static wireless ip for starters).

Reply Score: 1

How about this?
by dsmogor on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 20:32 UTC
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2005-09-01