Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 21:50 UTC
Windows Fascinating, this. As a Windows Phone 7 user, I can attest that it is every bit as good as iOS and Android - heck, in my experience, it is more polished, more consistent, smoother, and faster than either of those two. Yet, despite raving reviews and glowing user comments all over the web, Windows Phone 7 simply isn't selling. Former Windows Phone 7 general manager Charlie Kindel believes it's because neither carriers nor device makers like the control Microsoft exerts over the platform.
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RE: Not every bit as good.
by aaronmcohen on Wed 28th Dec 2011 03:18 UTC in reply to "Not every bit as good."
aaronmcohen
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2011-09-19

It is a true that dot net developers who develop for Windows will be able to somewhat easily port to WP7. I say somewhat because majority of dot net applications include unmanaged code. Unfortunately this would have been helpful 4 years ago. We already have two code bases for Android and IOS. Adding a third for a platform that isn't popular yet is not really enticing. Well... unless you are Netflix and need to be on every platform under the Sun whether it is used or not.

WP7 does HTML 5 extremely well (minus a few things) and that is the only common development platform across all the mobile platforms. The funny thing is that IOS was originally intended for apps to be HTML only. The actual opening of the IOS APIs came later. So developing for WP7 via HTML may be more popular than dot net initially.

The best hope WP7 has to succeed is to be cheaper than the rest by a lot. Some people are willing to pay the Apple Premium and the rest are happy with Android. There is a lot of hope on Nokia. There are some really smart people working at Nokia but they seem to be on the defense right now.

On a side note I think the Mobile Metro UI needs to be pulled back a bit. It is neat but eventually gets annoying. Especially the full bleed canvases. As much as the IOS is ugly... my father can use it. WP7 c Anyone that claims it is the easiest UI can simply look at the book that comes with a WP7 Phone on how to use it. Compare that to the 7 page booklet that comes with the iPhone.

You may have noticed that I left out QNX and Blackberry OS.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

C# is common.... MonoTouch and Mono for Android Allow developers to write a single code base and compile to the correct platform.... and since you are already in Mono, converting to .net and XAML isn't too much work.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

be quiet ... you are ruining the rhetoric!

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