Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A lot of people are wondering why Nokia didn't choose to go with Android. How can Nokia differentiate themselves when Android is a lot more open and free than Windows Phone 7? As usual, the key to this is in the details. If you read the announcements carefully, you'll see that Microsoft offered Nokia something Google most likely didn't. Update: What a surprise. Elop just confirmed Nokia has a special deal with Microsoft. Whereas HTC, Samsung, and so on are not allowed to customise WP7 - Nokia is, further confirming my theory.
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RE[3]: So
by nt_jerkface on Fri 11th Feb 2011 18:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So"
nt_jerkface
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Which great .net applications are so widely used?


Paint.net, keepass, fasttask, cdburnerXP and some others. .NET is mostly used in enterprise but there are a lot more consumer applications in .NET than Java.

Qt has stuff from Google, Adobe, Rovio, Skype etc, it may not be much but there more popular Qt apps than real .net apps.


Those companies are also porting to multiple platforms. .NET is obviously limited when it comes to cross-platform development. There is Mono but there are plenty of cases where Qt would be a better choice. But Qt is not perfect and still has some issues with local integration which is why so many Qt applications are actually hybrids and not portable. Those issues will be worked out eventually though.

Applications and games on Windows are still C++.


MS still focuses game development around C++ and DX. There is also the legacy factor whereby programs like Photoshop would be very expensive to re-write in .NET. Game companies have millions of lines of C++ code that they do not want to re-write in anything.

Qt is quality software and I was disappointed when Google decided to use their weird non-standard Java instead of Qt.

But I don't think MeeGo had a chance at this point which is why I don't think developers lost out. MeeGo needed to come out before WP7.

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