Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:07 UTC, submitted by ronaldst
Windows This is the kind of news just tailor-made for OSNews. After 16 years of trusty service, the venerable Windows CE will be history as far as Microsoft's mobile operating system offering goes - the next major version of Windows Phone will use the NT kernel from Windows 8. As a heavy former Windows PocketPC Mobile CE Ultimate SP2 Edition user, this makes me sad. As a fan of the NT kernel, this makes me happy.
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RE[2]: I agree with Thom
by kaiwai on Sat 4th Feb 2012 01:47 UTC in reply to "RE: I agree with Thom"
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Although this is an interesting move from Microsoft, I doubt this will change much for Windows Phone's popularity. First WP7 was going to be the game changer. Then they said WP7.5 was really going to be the OS that could make a dent in the competition. And now it's WP8 that's really REALLy going to be the one to change it all? It's always the next version.

The issue with Windows Phone 7 has less to do with the software and more to do with the horrible hardware specifications - I mean come on, selling 16GB phones when you can buy up to 64GB iPhones? the fact that phone vendors only launch in 5-6 markets and here I am stuck at the bottom of the world still waiting for the Lumia 800 to come to New Zealand. What Microsoft needs is to exert more pressure on the phone vendors to ship globally on day one and if need be to ship directly to the customer or work through retailers rather than directly with carriers.

It really is pathetic that here I am in New Zealand, Lumia launched in October 2011 and yet we won't get it here until March - in other words it took 5 months for a phone to finally appear in New Zealand. I'll just clue Microsoft in here for a second - if the end user can't get it NOW they're going to go for Android or iPhone no matter how much the virtues of Windows Phone 7 is promoted.

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