Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 13:54 UTC
Windows If you ever needed any proof it's anything but roses ans sunshine over at Microsoft's Windows Phone division, it's this. The next version of Windows Phone, WP8, will run on the NT kernel, which marks a pretty substantial departure from the current release. This raises the question: will current handsets be upgradeable to WP8? First, Microsoft indicated no. Then they said yes (interview retracted). And now, they're saying no again.
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Comment by TusharG
by TusharG on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:26 UTC
TusharG
Member since:
2005-07-06

As usual Microsoft is confused and not sure how to work on mobile and web platform. I hate their inconsistency. First they announce some xyz mobile platform and scraped it within 2 months... I was hoping that after my android becomes old (already 1 year old) I will definitely try WP7 but this news is not that good! I'll have to rethink if I should wait for WP8 rather than buying the buggy WP7!

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RE: Comment by TusharG
by skandalfo on Wed 18th Apr 2012 16:04 in reply to "Comment by TusharG"
skandalfo Member since:
2010-04-07

This is the Kin story repeating:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Kin

Developers don't want to support a "third ecosystem" right now. Market share numbers mean you can cover almost the whole public by supporting just iOS and Android. This, and the fact that Microsoft has demonstrated once and again what a marvelous business partner they are.

Carriers and handset makers just take the marketing dollars/patent abuse and do whatever minimum effort they need to do in order to tick the agreement boxes.

The same way that Linux on the desktop (as an alternative to Windows) has no big numbers, Windows Phone will fail to capture a significant share of the market. There are too many network effects at work in the current ecosystem.

Apple came first with a nice, new and working product.

Android got permission to live just because Apple's offer was so one-size-fits-all and people liked to have different options... a choice on the price/quality trade-off, and the possibility of using their hardware the way they liked.

Microsoft's offer is just a me-too on the locked side of the spectrum, with just a different GUI and a marginally wider range of terminals. And it's late to the game. Windows Phone is still several iterations behind Android and iOS, and thus if any platform is a Beta at all, it's Windows Phone.

You don't need to resort to conspiracy theories about sales channels boycotts or Skype-related carrier boycotts. It's just potential buyers not seeing the point of buying Windows Phone.

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RE: Comment by TusharG
by jnemesh on Wed 18th Apr 2012 23:14 in reply to "Comment by TusharG"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

You should rethink moving to ANY Microsoft product! If you think things will magically get better when they release their new phone OS (pissing of dozens of loyal customers in the process!) then you are mistaken!

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RE[2]: Comment by TusharG
by Morgan on Thu 19th Apr 2012 02:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by TusharG"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's not entirely true, and for a lot of people it's simply impossible. Like it or not, Windows as a desktop OS is a requirement for some, and to them I say make the move to Windows 7 if they haven't already. Yes it's still Microsoft but it's seriously the best thing they've put out in a very long time, and the best Windows OS by a huge margin.

Personally I'm moving away from Windows on all my devices except my media center/PVR (Windows 7 offers the best, most complete support for my hardware) and I'm stuck with my WP7 phone for at least another year for financial reasons (that said, being "stuck" with either OS is just fine from a usability standpoint). Everything else in my home runs either Lubuntu, Arch Linux or Android.

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