Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 14:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Windows Phone is fighting an uphill battle. Microsoft still has work to do in terms of user experience and the big hardware partners like HTC and Samsung are starting to lose interest and putting in only token efforts. But Nokia is keeping the platform in the conversation. We're not willing to consign Windows Phone to the same level of hopelessness as the open-source webOS or the out-to-pasture BB OS precisely because Nokia is too big and too active a partner." Having a big partner is by no means a guarantee. Microsoft is doing whatever it can - both legal and should-not-be-legal - to get people to buy Windows Phone, and it isn't working. A brand only gets you so far - you need a compelling product, too, and as much as I like Windows Phone, it's just not there yet compared to iOS and Android.
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RE[5]: Doomed
by gonzo on Tue 10th Apr 2012 04:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Doomed"
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I can run unix gnu software on my OS X. Can you run gnu software without Cygwin on Windows?


haha, GNU SOFTWARE :-) Please. Let's talk about software that matters.

Windows has it all. If it didn't it would not have ~85-90% desktop market share.

And oh yea it's my dream to use the worst browser on the market.(IE) I can easily run other browsers without "no emulator/VM needed".


Yes, but many people do web design, etc. Pages must be tested in IE.





What?


Some of the program is stored in program files. Other part could be somewhere in windows folder.

Some programs do that. Most don't. But, even so.. so what?

Most of them write into registry. Making it very hard to move to another computer without breaking it. On mac whole program is contained inside one(!) folder.

Yes, but people DO NOT move to different computers that often.


Part of the problem is what described above this question. "Most of them write into registry. Making it very hard to move to another computer without
breaking it"


Not an issue since people simply DO NOT move to different computers that often.


Also, should something happen to it, not only will you be required to reinstall programs again, you might also get un-bootable system.


Should something happen to it, you can use system restore. Restore points are created automatically, when any significat change to the system (drivers installed, software installed, Windows updates, etc) is taking place.

When everything is under root, it's much better approach than drive letters. Your whole system appears as if it was on one big drive, while in reality some folders point to other partitions.

Not an importan issue, again. But you can mount drives on Windows at different points too, you know?

On windows some programs force you to install most/full of the program to C drive.

Some programs... yeah, like those from 15 years ago, right? How many of them are still important?

And you can only only can only install operating system to one letter drive.

So? What is the problem there?


Don't know about OS X, but Linux can be installed on multiple partitions just fine, because it doesn't care about letters only paths.

Windows can be installed to multiple partitions too.

Can you type relative paths with drive letters? I bet you can't.


So? How is that important issue? It's not.

I very often get BSOD error when I move to new hardware. Sometimes it moves smoothly, but most of the time it doesn't. I upgrade computer parts about once every 1-3 years. I have 4 computers at home and when it's time to upgrade I also try to get rid of slowest pc.

I think you're just making stuff up. I used to upgrade all my hardware (except mainboard and CPU) very often too, never had any problems.

But.. how often do you upgrade Macs? Like, you change what video card, or mainboard...? Oh, really?

Also, sometimes I need to boot from harddrive from another pc. For example, when I need some program that is hard to move because of all settings and files.


I am not sure myself, but I think Windows too can be booted from external drives, even USB keys. Not sure though, haven't tried it. But I think it can, or it's coming to Win 8.

Again, over and over again you're talking about things that majority of people just don't do very often, if ever.

When I tried it, it simply didn't work.(files actually linked, but IIS failed to work) I needed to list files from symlinked folder into the webpage.

I haven't tried it and am too lazy to do it now, but even if it fails, then just copy your web folder to where it works. Easily solved problem. (Having said that, I'd have to confirm that symlinks in IIS don't work).

See, the problem is, not a single issue you listed is a deal breaker and you can EASILY work around it.

BUT when you *need* some specific software, software that is widely used (SQL Server or Mass Effect, for example) then it is a deal breaker if you can't have it without spending days to maybe make it work and when it finally does, then it breaks after 5 minutes, etc.

Edited 2012-04-10 04:20 UTC

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