Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2012 11:24 UTC
Windows "Does Windows Phone need Google and its services to be successful? No. The fate of Windows Phone and its adoption in the marketplace does not rest in the hands of Google. Microsoft itself holds the key to Windows Phone becoming a successful platform, rapid evolution of its cloud services and integration with the rest of the MS eco system." Good editorial on Google killing AES support for consumers and how it affects Windows Phone, by WPCentral's Robert Brand.
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kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Why would they invest into a phone platform where the search button is hardwired to useless Bing?

At least on Android you can change just about anything, that is why nearly everybody invests in it.

Open platforms always win the majority of the market, the rest is for locked-in people or fanboys.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

IIRC the upcoming WP7.8 update allows you to select Google as the default search engine instead of Bing.

If 7.8 can do it I'm sure WP8 can/will too.

Personally I have no problems with Bing search, or Google.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Personally I have no problems with Bing search, or Google.


Out of the two I find Google giving me better matches for my searches, sometimes Bing doesn't return anything relevant whatsoever. That said, ever since Google started second-guessing what I actually want I've noticed the relevance to my searches going down there, too.

Oh, how I sometimes wish I could just have a database-like search engine that does not try to second-guess my searches.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Nope. Google will be able to be set as the default search engine in IE on Windows Phone, the Search Button is still hard-wired to the Bing app.

It may sound bad, but the way it was before where the Search button was contextual was worse because little developers used it, it was used inconsistently, and there was no visual cue.

It used to be that the Search button let you actually search inside apps that implemented the functionality, but it didn't really work out so well.

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