Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Sep 2009 21:15 UTC, submitted by Hakime
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yesterday we ran an editorial about Microsoft's failing policies in the mobile space, and today, we have an assorted collection of stories that only strengthen this perception. The upcoming Marketplace for Windows Mobile has a number of rigorous restrictions, the Zune lives in a bubble of its own, and free applications for the Zune come with full-screen video advertisements. There are also a few things Microsoft seems to be doing right, however. Instant update: Another Windows-based mobile phone platform. I actually want that one, though.
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RE: That XPPhone --- !
by Laurence on Fri 18th Sep 2009 09:10 UTC in reply to "That XPPhone --- !"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

This item looks very sweet.

Okay, the pre-production sample in the video is about the size of a decent lunch, but that's why they call it a pre-production unit.

When they get the miniaturization going, there's no telling what the final release will look like.

However, my guess is that t'll be a tad bigger and maybe a tiny bit thicker than an AT&T Tilt (HTC TyTnII/Kaiser).

The point that it runs WinXP will be a huge selling point. If MS lets them license it and complete against WinMo 6.0, 6.1, 6.5 and soon 7.0.


Really? Personally i couldn't think of anything worse than running XP on a mobile phone. It's completely the wrong tool for the job.

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RE[2]: That XPPhone --- !
by Ranger on Fri 18th Sep 2009 13:54 in reply to "RE: That XPPhone --- !"
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2006-05-03

Really? Personally i couldn't think of anything worse than running XP on a mobile phone. It's completely the wrong tool for the job.


In an un-modified condition I agree that WinXP is ill-suited for mobile/phone devices. If the company making the XPPhone has optimized & tweaked WinXP for the purpose, it could end up being very strong. Perhaps stronger than current WinMobile versions available.

Consider the possibility of perhaps being able to run full programs & apps instead of scaled-down mobile versions. In certain circumstances I could see as being preferable to potential professional & business customers, which appears to be the target market for such a device.

Time will ultimately tell.

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RE[3]: That XPPhone --- !
by Laurence on Sat 19th Sep 2009 12:24 in reply to "RE[2]: That XPPhone --- !"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

In an un-modified condition I agree that WinXP is ill-suited for mobile/phone devices. If the company making the XPPhone has optimized & tweaked WinXP for the purpose, it could end up being very strong. Perhaps stronger than current WinMobile versions available.

Consider the possibility of perhaps being able to run full programs & apps instead of scaled-down mobile versions. In certain circumstances I could see as being preferable to potential professional & business customers, which appears to be the target market for such a device.

Time will ultimately tell.

Trying to run full apps on a mobile display screen would be a nightmare - even with a stylus.

Even at 800x600 (which few apps are optimised for these days) the text would be tiny.

While I see the idealistic benefit of this device, i can't see it being all that practical in the real world.
Particularly when netbooks can already run XP and smartphones (which are slimmer and more compact) already have desktop tools optimised for smaller screens (VNC/RDP, SSH, Office suites, web browsers, ftp clients, and so on).

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