Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Feb 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Imagine a phone that could run real Remote Desktop. Real PowerShell. Anything that can run on your desktop PC. Imagine 'phablet' form factors, similar to today's Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which could dock to a desktop setup and utilize an external display, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. Imagine a single set of APIs that work everywhere. Imagine that Phone isn't a whole separate platform, but an app. An app that runs on Windows. Real Windows. The Windows Phone team could never make that happen. But the Windows client team? You betcha. Make it happen, Microsoft. It's time to take the phone seriously." I have never agreed with Thurrot as much as I do right now.
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Tue 12th Feb 2013 22:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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It makes more sense to have your data the cloud (I really dislike that term) and have it synch to all your devices. When you're on the move access it using your phone, when you arrive at the office use a desktop or use a tablet on the couch in the living room.

People are always offering the cloud as the go-to solution to this, but you make the same mistake as everyone: data caps that apply in both directions and upload bandwidth. Those two are enough to make this suggested solution entirely useless for anything but the lightest of uses -- no home videos, no large family photo collections, no nothing. Plus it would place all these files in jeopardy, either due to no/poor encryption that would allow an attacker access to everything, or proper encryption that would render the files inaccessible once Average Joe forgets his credentials.

This solution just ain't workable until things change radically.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 13th Feb 2013 07:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Yes, hackers are a danger, but so is hardware failure at home, fire at home or someone stealing your stuff either at home or on the move.

Most stuff you need, I think, is actually really small. Contacts, todo, agenda, bookmarks, "office" files, etc... they easily synch over Dropbox. Someone I know has a Synology box and he showed pictures that were located on it (sweden) on his iPhone (in The Netherlands). It quickly shows thumbnails, touch one and the picture comes up. It worked fast and he has thousands of pictures on it.

For music you have stuff like iTunes Match, Spotify, Internet radio.

That leaves (home) movies. Then I ask myself, where do you watch those? Most likely at home. If you are planning to go somewhere and watch them there or on the train simply put them on your mobile device.

Having a super Windows phone hooked up to a mouse, keyboard and screen makes a crappy desktop and it won't hold all your data, music and movies. It's also easily lost/stolen/broken.

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