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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RE: Comment by leos
by ilovebeer on Thu 24th Oct 2013 05:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by leos"
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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?

I don't live far from the main Microsoft campus. Yes, the place is big -- enormous. I know several people who work there at all different levels. The best stuff Microsoft has to offer goes to the military, or gets shelved for no apparent reason other than internal politics and plain stupidity. They have a lot of really cool stuff behind the curtain but why they don't do anything with it is bewildering.

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