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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "There's just one problem, though: the 'nine young investors' don't really exist - according to the last tweet on the @NokiaPlanB Twitter account, it was all a hoax perpetuated by 'one very bored engineer who really likes his iPhone'. Ouch."
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RE[2]: I like WP7
by JohnJJ on Thu 17th Feb 2011 13:16 UTC in reply to "RE: I like WP7"
JohnJJ
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2011-01-28

What I don't understand is: why should I create code for just one platform ?


I wasn't out to tell you what you should or shouldn't do. You can do exactly as you please and if your are happy with it, then good for you. It even looks like someone is working on making PhoneGap support WP7, so soon you'll have one extra platform to deploy to.

My problem is basically this: Someone on the internet is wrong! In this case it actually seems that most of the internet is wrong. All over the place I read misinformed articles, where people think that WP7 is WinMobile in disguise, or that MS is gonna usurp Nokia and take over it's mobile division, etc. ad nauseum.
If people bothered to inform themselves, they would know that WP7 is a brand spanking new platform, with absolutely no ties to WinMo (a fact that people are also comlaining about btw). And I really hope that MS will keep away from the hardware business, I even think that they should let different hardware manufactures produce x-boxes and just provide minimum specs and software.

As an old-school developer, then whole web thing doesn't really interest me, not that I don't do web development, but I just don't find the platform very interesting or satisfying, and no, HTML5 is not going to change that. When I can run C++ or C# in a browser, then I'll be happy, but dynamically typed languages (javascript and friends) pisses me off. This also means that very few web oriented companies, google, facebook, others, have my interest. Sure they solve interesting tasks like running 100.000+++ servers and probably do some fun algorithm stuff, but their focus is just too narrow.

Hardware really doesn't interest me at all, which also means that Apple, as the hardware company it is, doesn't interest me at all. They make nice products, but that is it.

I dislike many of the business decisions that MS makes as much as everybody else, but on the other hand I love them for being such a truly amazing software company. I absolutely love the work that they are doing a MS Research, it is amazing what they let them work on: AI, protein folding, compiler research, algorithms, just to name a few CS related things, but there is also a lot of quite esoteric stuff going on. It may not be in the name of science, but very few companies are doing anything like it.

I think I got side tracked there. Hmmm...

Cheers.

P.s. Since this is OSNews I just wanted to mention that I've tried other OSes than windows. I was a huge fan of OS/2 Warp. I have tried Linux many times, but it always ended in frustration (this was before Ubuntu, I hear things are better now). Of course I used dos back in the day and I also spent some time on old Macs (I need 2 mouse buttons!!!)

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RE[3]: I like WP7
by Lennie on Thu 17th Feb 2011 18:41 in reply to "RE[2]: I like WP7"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I'm sure R&D departments do a lot of interresting work, but I don't think Microsoft has profited much from it.

Because which core product have they created them selfs instead of buying a company or needing to get people from outside the company ?

DOS was bought, Excel and Visio are bought, Windows NT was made by people who came from outside of the company, SQL-server was bought and so on.

I'm probably just biased, my work sometimes entails dealing with the internals of Microsoft software or data generated by Microsoft software. And it never is pretty.

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RE[4]: I like WP7
by JohnJJ on Thu 17th Feb 2011 19:51 in reply to "RE[3]: I like WP7"
JohnJJ Member since:
2011-01-28

Research almost never result in actual products, but rather in technologies, which can then be utilized to create products or make existing products better. Recent examples of research which have real world applications is the static code analysis tools, which forms the basis of code contracts i C#, F# and monads, Rx and async processing, the new screens for the Surface project and lots more.

Edited 2011-02-17 20:00 UTC

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