Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Apr 2012 20:30 UTC
Windows It had to be said. It had to be said because no one else in the technology industry had the guts to say it. "I think it's time to stop giving Windows Phone a pass." Thanks, Joshua Topolsky. He's right. A few weeks ago I went back to my HTC HD7 for a few days while I was getting acquainted with the Android ROM scene, and to my utter surprise, most of my problems with Windows Phone 7 from when the platform was just released were still there.
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RE[4]: Comment by helf
by phoehne on Sat 7th Apr 2012 15:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by helf"
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Look at the android "openness" and you'll see they're having some problems, like malware being loaded into applications that users download from the app store. It's not necessarily true that openness leads to a better outcome for the average consumer.

It's Apple and Microsoft's operating systems so if they want to lock down users by forcing applications though their app store, it's up to them. In some ways this is better for the average consumer in that a well run app store with sandboxed applications may help reduce the ability of "evildoers" to infect or compromise end user systems. It won't make them 100% safe, but it may knock out a number of vectors for trojans and viruses.

For technical users or developers there will probably always be some kind of "out" in terms of server versions (which may not be as locked down) or development kits that have special modes so you can write device drivers or services that are accessible across sandboxes. It won't be free and open, and you may not have your pick of tools, but it will be there.

If you're not happy with this situation, you don't have to live with it. You can always download and install Linux. Should you ever "need" windows - just run it in a VM. I'm only concerned when they attempt to force hardware vendors to lock down the hardware so only "signed" operating systems can be installed, without some way to easily go into the BIOS and turn the signed O/S feature off. If I own the hardware, I should be able to install whatever I want on it, plug whatever I want into it, or even smash it to bits with a hammer, if I so choose.

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