Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Sep 2013 23:33 UTC
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Speaking at Microsoft's financial analysts meeting today, CEO Steve Ballmer was refreshingly realistic about the company's struggles in smartphones and tablets. "Mobile devices. We have almost no share."

Right. Now that Ballmer himself admits it, can we please settle the discussion? Windows Phone has been a failure up until now.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by wocowboy on Sat 21st Sep 2013 11:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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2006-06-01

It is a very nice OS, it does what is supposed to do quite well and very dependably. And therein lies the rub. The geeks don't want it because it's not customizable. No replacement shells, wholesale new widgets for the Home screen, switching out icons, jailbreaking, new launchers, etc etc etc, everything that they love so much about Android. None of that is possible on Windows Phone, or at least that I have read about online. Even as locked down as iOS is, it can still be jailbroken and some GUI elements switched out to make it look and operate completely differently, making it attractive to customizers.

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missingxtension Member since:
2011-01-14

Ok this is where I seriously see Microsoft failing so bad! HTC and some Samsung can be hacked, but for nokias you need paid solutions. If they would allow for developers to improve their system, it would sorely fill in the gaps. Like in 7.5, hacked you had Bluetooth file transfers. Microsoft is stupid for closing the only real way to side load apps.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Dano on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 05:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Ok this is where I seriously see Microsoft failing so bad! HTC and some Samsung can be hacked, but for nokias you need paid solutions. If they would allow for developers to improve their system, it would sorely fill in the gaps. Like in 7.5, hacked you had Bluetooth file transfers. Microsoft is stupid for closing the only real way to side load apps.


Actually apps can be side-loaded on Windows Phone 8. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj657971.aspx

As for "hacking" the OS...doesn't this open up security holes and other issues?

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