Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Sep 2013 23:33 UTC
Windows

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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The OS Itself.....
by Pelly on Sat 21st Sep 2013 12:35 UTC
Pelly
Member since:
2005-07-07

The OS itself is very stable.

My first phone with the current WP Series was a Samsung Focus. Between the stability of the hardware combined with WP7 & WP7.5 it was a solid device. The device never froze up and there were no issues. The only issues came from a few apps that weren't optimized for the WP7.5 update. Once those apps were updated, no issues at all.

Curretly have an HTC Titan II. Again, not a single issue with the device hardware or the OS (WP7.5).

One of the reasons I've stayed with WP is because of a few OS features. My wife has an iPhone and hates that she lost some of the OS features when she switched from her WP Device.

One of he better OS features that's hardly ever mentioned are the 'Caller ID' settings. Most phones have only two choices; On or Off. Even the iPhone.

Since it first arrived, the Windows Phone OS has provided THREE options for sending your Caller ID:
1 - Everyone
2 - No One
3 - My Contacts

This little feature makes quite quite a difference when you have actually used the 'My Contacts' option.

There are more features that differ from most, but because my wife had severe issues when she went to a iPhone, that stands out for me.

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RE: The OS Itself.....
by bassbeast on Sat 21st Sep 2013 15:36 in reply to "The OS Itself....."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Its ironic that Android on mobile now has the feature that so many of us trumpeted on windows desktops, the simple fact that thanks to a large third party ecosystem you can customize it and have it YOUR way. Several of the call blockers on Android let you choose who gets caller ID and who don't that way those that care about that can easily add it and those that don't? Don't have to have it.

If you ask me this is where MSFT lost its way, instead of bringing what made windows popular onto their mobile offerings they instead merely aped Apple while ignoring that Apple users are a niche that is completely unlike Windows users. When I bit the bullet and finally decided to go with a smartphone I looked for the most "Windows like" phone I could find...I chose Android. With the Android I have the most control over the OS, can even easily change the OS if I want, the third party ecosystem lets me change the OS and functionality any way I want, I don't even need to use their appstore if I don't want, it behaves frankly more like Windows on the desktop than WinPhone which frankly felt more like "Apple but worse".

Let us just hope that whomever replaces Ballmer starts listening to users, but if Elop gets the big chair? Sell the stock, they are toast.

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