Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd May 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company's boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple and Samsung. The world's largest software company has so far focused on putting its Windows Phone software into expensive, high-end devices - chiefly from Nokia and HTC. But the new model will go on sale at Walmart later this month at an unsubsidized price under $150, relatively cheap for a new phone running up-to-date software without a long-term contract." Windows Phone is racing to the bottom just as fast as Android - with the difference being that expensive Android devices do not fail to sell.
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silviucc
Member since:
2009-12-05

I don't know if they're going to kill the .NET framework. Many people bought into it and made software with it. If they simply can it, nobody will ever trust them again (not such a bad thing imo). More likely they will say something like "it's *cough* feature complete *cough*" and put it in maintenance mode.

Things may not going look well for them in the future where mobile devices are concerned but in the present they are still making billions (not that much/any of it turns up as dividends for its shareholders)

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft has doubled down on .NET with the Windows Runtime. It has made interop to and from .NET easier and made it a first class consumer of the Windows Runtime, the forward facing API for Windows. How the hell is this a sign of Microsoft dropping .NET?

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

.NET is constantly improving. C# and .NET have come along way since it was originally introduced, it isn't going away and has a pretty large developer community.

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