Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 16th Sep 2009 20:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sometime ago I conjectured that Microsoft made certain changes to IE8 to force web standards forward and drop backwards compatibility as default (a very un-Microsoft move) because of the need for the web to break out of the blinkered IE6 / Desktop-Browser view of content otherwise Microsoft would find itself unable to compete in the mobile space. It's been over a year since that article and in such a short period of time it has become ever clearer that Microsoft's mobile offerings, and their overall mobile platform strategy are failing against the dominant iPhone, the newcomer Android, and a re-invigorated Palm with WebOS.
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windows mobile... yuck.
by neozeed on Wed 16th Sep 2009 22:46 UTC
neozeed
Member since:
2006-03-03

I've been a 'windows mobile' or whatever user since 2002 with the Tmobile MDA thing. Since then I've had a BUNCH of windows mobile phones and you know what?

I'll be DAMMED if I can tell what's changed.

This is the year that I decided to screw it. I dropped my Motorola Q, and got a Palm Pre. And I've been LOVING it since.

I cannot tell you what a NIGHTMARE it was with internet explorer 4 up until 1 month ago. NOTHING works right, and the exchange integration is... pathetic. When I had them in parallel the PRE got the exchange notifications hands down faster then the CE.

I've tried. I really did, but the bottom line is the experence on the Microsoft phones hasn't changed since CE 1.0 where it was painfull... You want to update the os with a patch? dock. You want to add something? dock. You want to do a proper reset? dock. You need to reconnect to exchange? dock.

Windows CE needs to be put out of OUR missery. They would be better off with Windows XP running on these phones.

At least it beats IE 4!!!!!!!

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RE: windows mobile... yuck.
by helf on Wed 16th Sep 2009 22:52 in reply to "windows mobile... yuck."
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Really? You didn't have to use PIE, which, admittedly, sucks. You can install apps without docking. You can download the .cab files and install via that from most sites that provide WM software. You can do a "proper reset" with the little reset hole some phones have or use a free 3rd party app.

Anyways, overall, it does suck ;) I'll agree. I'm thinking about getting a Pre to replace my Treo800w.

But claiming it hasn't changed since 1.0 is a really retarded claim.

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RE[2]: windows mobile... yuck.
by neozeed on Wed 16th Sep 2009 22:55 in reply to "RE: windows mobile... yuck."
neozeed Member since:
2006-03-03

it hasn't changed. Go ahead and name SOMETHING earth shatteringly different from 1.0 to 6.0?

Go on, search your phone.

Oh crap you can't actually search on the phone.

exctract the cabs on the phone? well gee that sounds terribly easy, esp when there is no 'setup.exe' just some demand you dock.

Windows CE is a DUD. It hasn't had a fundamental change ever.

Calling Windows CE usable in this day & age, next to any 'modern' phone OS is retarded.

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Windows Mobile != Windows CE
by contextfree on Sun 20th Sep 2009 13:31 in reply to "windows mobile... yuck."
contextfree Member since:
2009-06-01

CE is just the underlying OS core which is actually very flexible and well engineered from what I've heard. Windows Mobile is the UI and application-level stuff on top of CE.

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