Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Apr 2012 17:19 UTC
Windows I wish more people who work or have worked for large technology companies were as open, honest, and excited as Steve Wozniak still gets over new technology and gadgets. He recently bought a Nokia Lumia 900 - and he's loving it. So much so, in fact, that he claims it's better than Android and iOS in many respects.
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Poor apps on WP7
by Neolander on Sat 28th Apr 2012 21:43 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

The big issue with Windows Phone 7.5 is a lack of applications, and more importantly, a lack of quality applications. Microsoft's own stuff, as well as the stock applications, are amazing, but third party stuff is often ugly, slow, and sometimes even downright confusing.

Could this be because Microsoft devs have access to more OS features than third-party developers (such as native code), and because in-house devs may relatively easily contact the WP7 team when they need something ?

Edited 2012-04-28 21:52 UTC

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RE: Poor apps on WP7
by devnet on Sun 29th Apr 2012 03:41 in reply to "Poor apps on WP7"
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2007-01-16

It also might be because Windows 7 hasn't been around as long as Android and iOS. But way to keep it negative.

Got any more glass half empty cool stories you want to tell bro?

BTW, I'm a Linux guy and I'm defending Windows here because of the innate bias I see.

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RE[2]: Poor apps on WP7
by Neolander on Sun 29th Apr 2012 08:20 in reply to "RE: Poor apps on WP7"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I did not intend this as a negative, this was a genuine question.

On any OS which I have ever dealt with, third party softs always had a hard time beating OS-bundled ones at their own games. One mobile OSs, it is made even harder by the fact that both aren't put on an equal footing. And in today's mobile landscape, WP7 is the mobile OS where the asymmetry between OS and third-party devs is the most pronounced.

Perhaps it is in Microsoft's interest to soften their position on those matters. It has happened to other OS manufacturers in the past : Google have softened their "no native code" restriction on Android, and Apple themselves accepted to make a (crappy) compromise with respect to multitasking on iOS.

Or, to say it otherwise, perhaps Microsoft should put more trust in their hardware and software partners.

Others would argue that this might ruin the WP7 platform if they go too far in this direction. And I think this is true. But as of today, Microsoft have taken an approach to OS development that is even more restrictive than Apple's, without the brand image of Apple to back it up, so I am not sure how they want to back it up.

Edited 2012-04-29 08:25 UTC

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