Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jul 2013 15:16 UTC
Windows "Named General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2), the latest update enables Data Sense, a way to track how data is being used, alongside FM radio, and the ability to set other applications as the default camera. [...] GDR2 also includes support for Gmail's CalrdDAV and CalDAV implementation, allowing Windows Phone users to continue syncing calendar and contacts after Google announced its intention to pull its Exchange ActiveSync service earlier this year." There's something wrong with your operating system's update/improvement rate when such a minute, insignificant release is news.
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Best name since...
by btrimby on Fri 19th Jul 2013 15:47 UTC
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This is the best name for an OS update since Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 etc.

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RE: Best name since...
by Kochise on Fri 19th Jul 2013 19:14 in reply to "Best name since..."
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Provided they don't copy (but it's a known fact they never copy) the Ubuntu Release naming after animals, or something like that, it's still a good naming conventing, indeed.

I'd like to add a word on Windows Phone, especially after reading this 'sad' news there :

Through the years, I gained some kind of reverence towards Microsoft's products, especially its falgship OS, Windows. As an ex-atariST, I hated Microsoft's DOS along with the x86 architecture.

Then Windows 3.11 came out and did a tremendous task at making a better job than a full flagged Atari Mega ST computer with hard disk and laser printer. Even using the crappy x86 architecture we were all joking about.

Then MCGA (320x200 in 256 colors) allowed Loom and Fate of Atlantis, Adlib, SoundBlaster, CD rom drives, the 7th Guest, Windows 95, Myst, ... Windows 2000. That's where Microsoft hooked me up. I really started to work on Windows in 2000, and Windows 2000 was a real leap forward, running on strong Pentium configurations. It was unexpectedly stable and fast, and feature full.

At the same time, I bought a Dreamcast. A -SEGA- Dreamcast, may I precise. That's exactly where my words are leading. The main problem behind Windows Phone's public disavowal. I might dare to compare Windows Phone to the Dreamcast's fate. Let me explain.

After the Sega Genesis (MegaDrive in France) and the Saturn's misfortune, face the upcoming Sony's competition incarnated by the PlayStation, Sega as to make a lower profile, because Sega was a synonym of old fashioned, clunky, expensive and... well, just outdated. Selling the Dreamcast under a big shiny SEGA logo would have raised eyebrows. Well, their fate was (almost) already closed with their Saturn's loss and some other affairs against 3dfx and Electronic Arts.

So, to return to the Windows Phone stuff. When I first saw the Nokia Lumia 920 it was a shock for me, really. Not only the device in itself was (is) a pure jewel, a malicious mix of fruitful color (that -yellow-) with a round cornered black frame, an incredibly elegant yet aesthetic user interface that just moves like hell, my first thought was : what an achievement, they've made it !

The hardware staff as well as the software staff made such a beautiful job at integrating both together, Apple's iPhone was just send to graves. But... here's the BUT that kicks the butts. If only Microsoft dared to leave the Windows brand, for instance use the proposed "dash logo" as new brand, just like Sega used the swirling logo as the new Dreamcast brand and get deserved recognition.

I think the biggest problem when a company is getting so "old" but also so "present" by its arrogant behavioral (don't get me wrong, many people still gets pissed at Microsoft for past, but also yet present misconduct) that it's like people are now subconsciously challenging Microsoft by not going to buy their products anymore, no matter what. Even if the Nokia Lumia 920 is one hell of a nice phone.

People don't forget that easily, rebranding will only fool them for some seconds, you have to have the gutts, the balls and the right products to capture their attention again (not just $12000). Sega prooved it with the incredible Dreamcast (if only it had a DVD player) and seriously fun yet mature games. The alchemy between the machine and the software was there. The same alchemy is also there with the Nokia Lumia brand.

But people gets suspicious at Microsoft, as a whole, even if the team behind the Lumia in particular and the Windows Phone in general is nowhere responsible for general Microsoft's misleading. When you gets the Xbox One fiasco even before it was launched (24h connection, ads spread across the UI, no game share, ...) and the Windows 8 (not to speak the RT and Surface) fiasco as well, how should they view the Windows Phone line of products ? Doomed.

The whole Windows Phone team should have been "sold" to Nokia under licensing, and NOT the other way around, then Nokia selling 'Windows Phone' under its own brand (say the new Dash logo) and license it to third parties for the count of Microsoft. With its Ovi experience of media and application store, that would have optimized established (yet immature) infrastructures instead to kill one to create another beside. And cross develop softwares for Android as well as iOS, period.

People are also getting super frustrated at software fragmentation, not just OS. Bada ? WebOS ? Tizen ? Sailfish ? What should I do of my already paid applications, rebuy them ? And the file format incompatibilities (made purposely or not) see the CardDAV or CalDAV format fiasco recently, and you get the picture. We're in fucking 2013, 14 years after we were introduced to the 3rd millennium, and that's all what we get ? Haven't they learned their past lessons about "competition" and market fragmentation ?

We're asked as humans to walk toward the same direction, be all friendly with our peers, collaborative, see the pictures of the various ads where various colored people from different cultures smiles and works together for the same goal to maximize efficiency and humanity, yet this "ideal world" is raped by big corporations practices that just do the opposite (see the Apple vs. Samsung litigation over a fucking rounded corner box, come on guys, be adults, I'd gladly round the corners of a brick and throw it at your face, you bastards, you broke my dream of an ideal world).

TL;DR : Microsoft should adopt a low profile for its Windows Phone line, like Sega did with the Dreamcast, stop pushing the "recognized" Windows brand (that obviously everyone now despise), transfer the Window Phone team to Nokia (their core business after all) and let Nokia do the job with the current elements in their hand. Of course, fire the irresponsible managers that costs more than provides solutions, and leave the hardcore techies and fans restore Nokia's legitimation as a phone maker.


PS : and the long post potato

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RE[2]: Best name since...
by btrimby on Fri 19th Jul 2013 21:16 in reply to "RE: Best name since..."
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Actually I was being sarcastic. 4.0.2 etc would have been a more logical name for something that wasn't really consumer-aware like Win 95 OSR2.

I'm not sure why this isn't Windows Phone 8.0.2 or whatever.

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RE[2]: Best name since...
by zima on Fri 26th Jul 2013 23:56 in reply to "RE: Best name since..."
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The whole Windows Phone team should have been "sold" to Nokia under licensing

Perhaps that would risk "contaminating" it with stale Nokia corporate culture which brought us such wonders like Symbian or the older-than-iPhone-still-no-results Meego project...

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