Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:22 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows You can say what you will about Windows Phone and Windows 8's Metro interface (I refuse to drop that name) - it's inefficient, unpopular, cumbersome, beautiful, ugly, organised, clean, limiting - but there's one thing we can all agree on: it's unique and distinctive. CNet has published a profile of Microsoft's Albert Shum, the man behind Metro, and he highlights what I think is at the very core of Microsoft's problems in mobile right now.
Thread beginning with comment 558473
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Z10 and Q10
by tomz on Sun 14th Apr 2013 21:27 UTC
Member since:

Blackberry isn't having troubles, or so it seems. They have a QWERTY just released, and the full screen, they have plenty of apps, and IT WORKS AS A PHONE!!!.

This even Android and iOS miss - they are more computers, while the blackberries are phones. When a call or SMS comes in, they are easily accessed. The keyboard is easy even on the touch screen version. I'm considering giving up my dumb-phone (which is a very, very good phone as phone), and moving my hotspot to one of these.

Microsoft made several mistakes - first is the lockout even for developers, so they are as bad if not worse than iOS. Their interface is nice, but note carefully there is no WinPad, or Zune that has no phone component, only the "Surface", and the desktop is almost disjoint from the ARM ecosystem (which is disjoint from Xbox). They don't have an ecosystem, they have an archipelago - with lots of really interesting finches and giant tortoises.

They created a new blob called "Metro", and then threw it at everything, not trying to insure it worked with everything else smoothly or even fit in (Win 8 is thus not even a Chimera, more like some kind of lycanthrope that changes between two different animals). "Metro-in-a-window", or "Metro-as-the-desktop" would have been better for a first pass.

Reply Score: 5

RE: Z10 and Q10
by jared_wilkes on Sun 14th Apr 2013 22:47 in reply to "Z10 and Q10"
jared_wilkes Member since:

God, if you don't think the last five years have been troubling for Blackberry, then you've disqualified yourself from the conversation.

Edited 2013-04-14 22:48 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 4