Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:18 UTC
Windows There's been a bunch of Windows Phone 7 reviews out there, and most of them come to the same conclusion: great piece of software for a 1.0 release, but it does miss a few vital features. The Ars Technica review, as usual very in-depth, highlights one particular aspect of the platform that speaks to me: Windows Phone 7 has a sense of humour.
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 01:03 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

The only thing I find annoying is the lack of Microsoft stating that there is will be an update early 2011 in response to those pundits whining about features missing from the initial release. It is endemic of Microsoft to release a product but fail to respond to their critics in a robust and meaningful way.

I for one am excited about WP7 phones and looking forward to see the update early 2011 before I go ahead and purchase one myself. It seems that Microsoft has finally woken up and realised what the market wants - better still they're using the technology at their disposal to deliver it to the end user. Their developer tools for example are second to none - for the enterprise developer to the one man band developing an application in his/her spare time one can develop and deploy very quickly.

WP7 has invigorated the platform wars on the phone which will hopefully spill over into the computer space as well - Lion was a massive let down given the gimmicky features that were added of zero interest me. Hopefully next year we'll see more details regarding Lion and Windows 8 as to chart the future course of which direction I'll take.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Nelson on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 03:33 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-11-29

They did say Copy and Paste was coming, but I definitely agree, it wouldn't hurt them to share future plans. Both to calm shaky investors/app developers, and to disarm a lot of reviewers.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 11:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

They did say Copy and Paste was coming, but I definitely agree, it wouldn't hurt them to share future plans. Both to calm shaky investors/app developers, and to disarm a lot of reviewers.


I guess in their defence I assume they don't want to over promise - but with that being said they've already talked informally about what will appear in the next release but it is hardly in an accessible format. They might argue that it could put off sales with people waiting for a phone with the updated software on it at time of sale (even though they would get a free software upgrade but people are idiots) but if people don't have the information about a future update then they'll assume it will never come and thus go for an Android or an iPhone. Its a catch 22 hence I tend to err on the side of being open and transparent than playing the sorts of trickery that Apple plays (which is one of the things that pisses me off about Apple).

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by vodoomoth on Mon 25th Oct 2010 15:21 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2010-03-30

[q]Their developer tools for example are second to none
That is very true. Visual Basic for Applications in Access already had my jaw dropping to the floor back in 1996. Visual Studio 2008 blew my mind again although I had always been a faithful Borland user as to C++.
Launching VS 2008 doesn't even take a second for the interface to show on my much hated vista system. And I don't even mention the available documentation.

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