Linked by David Adams on Sat 31st Jul 2010 06:05 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft had its annual financial analyst meeting on Thursday, and Steve Ballmer answered questions about what the company's answer to the iPad was going to be, and whether Windows Phone 7 was going to be a part of that product strategy. He said, "We're coming . . . We're coming full guns. The operating system is called Windows." Ballmer and Microsoft so don't get it. I can't believe Steve Ballmer is making me feel sorry for Microsoft.
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RE[3]: Comment by vivainio
by kaiwai on Sat 31st Jul 2010 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vivainio"
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The problem with a GUI overlay is that all the applications are still using the old UI. They would need to convert the applications as well.

True, which undermines Ballmers 'ecosystem' argument as to why Windows 7 is the bee's knee's when it comes to slate operating systems. I'd sooner Microsoft create a whole new ecosystem off Silverlight than kluge the crappy win32 from platform to platform with all its ugly bugginess. Microsoft needs to realise that Windows 7 isn't the solution to all of life's problems; it is a great operating system but sometimes you need to realise that an existing tool won't solve the problem.

Silverlight is a great framework and what native API they do provide with Windows CE 7 (which sits below Windows Phone 7) should be narrow in scope, robust and simple to use. Force developers to use the higher level frameworks - these are slates, not full blown computers so there is no way one can justify the need for access to low level hardware on such a configuration from an app developers stand point.

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