Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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RE[2]: I doubt it is Android...
by No it isnt on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 00:05 UTC in reply to "RE: I doubt it is Android..."
No it isnt
Member since:
2005-11-14

I think there's room for one more ecosystem. iOS was doing great even when it was very small compared to today. The problem with WP7 is that even though it by all accounts has a good UI, the OS underneath it is shit, and depends on various limitations to run well. Although it has loud fans on the internet, anyone with half an eye can see that neither software nor hardware is nearly as capable as the competition (even the cameras of the WP7 phones are distinctly third-tier): you simply get much, much less for the money. Add in the dependency on Zune to sync with a computer, and it just doesn't seem very tempting.

WP8 should do away with most of the limitations. The developer base is there (with good tools), and developing for smartphones is a bit like playing a lottery anyway: it's low investment, low return, unless you get a winning number. It might become a success.

Then again, what do I know, I own an N9. Perhaps all the consumer wants is 600 000 fart apps and Words With Friends.

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

I think there's room for one more ecosystem.


On the contrary - multiple ecosystems might be good for competition, but from a developer point of view, two target platforms is already one more than ideal.

The failure of WP7 isn't entirely because of bad tools - it's also because many developers can't be bothered even checking out what those tools might be like, because they've no interest in supporting a platform that nobody uses.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Yes, but so what? There's no shortage of developers. Consider that all iOS developers use Macs, which is a tiny, tiny platform compared to Windows. You don't need them to switch, as there are far more on the other side. No, WP8 will depend on Windows developers choosing to develop for WP8 as well. Since the developer tools are the same, they will look at them whether the platform is used or not.

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

> I think there's room for one more ecosystem.

We have Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Bada, Symbian. All of them are doing much better then WP.

Soon we have Tizen and Firefox OS. I would assume they will do better too.

How much more ecosystems you need?

> WP8 should do away with most of the limitations. The developer base is there

Looking at the WP7 store indicates that the developers are not there, They are ignoring WP. That ecosystem is so irrelevant that not even Angry Birds would exist for it if Microsoft did not have payed lots of money for it.

Looking at the partners that announced WP8 devices it seems the industry does not believe that Microsoft is going to make it. That is why Microsoft did Surface themself. No partner was willing to make that for them and burn cash once more.

Edited 2012-07-03 11:02 UTC

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