Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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by leos on Thu 24th Oct 2013 05:02 UTC
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The lack of progress on Windows phone is completely mystifying to me. How is it that a company with those kind of resources simply cannot do anything interesting in all that time? I just don't get it. Are they just too big to move quickly anymore?

As for Windows RT, if it wasn't dead already, Haswell and the new Atoms would have put the final nail in its coffin. RT was useful when the RT hardware could have twice the battery life and less weight than the x86 hardware. Now the gap is much smaller and you can get decent intel-based mobiles with low power usage the argument is much weaker why you should give up 20 years of application compatibility for a few less ounces.

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