Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Oct 2013 21:47 UTC

Paul Thurrot has a number of rumours up about Windows Phone 8.1. Two stand out to me.

Where GDR3 is widely expected to support 5- to 6-inch screens, 8.1 will supposedly support 7- to 10-inch screens as well. This obviously infringes on Windows RT/8.x tablets, so it's not clear what the thinking is there.

So, Windows RT will become even more pointless than it already is.

Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn't make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they do on iPhone. And the "back stack" is ill-understood by users: Most don't realize what they're doing when they repeatedly hit the Back button.

This I am not happy with. The back button is my main navigational input in both Android and Windows Phone, and I miss it dearly in iOS.

I'm just hoping on performance improvements, still my biggest issue with Windows Phone. I used my HTC 8X for a few hours today, and I was stunned by just how slow everything is compared to Android 4.3. Of course, application quality is another huge issue, but there's little Microsoft can do to convince developers that their Windows Phone applications are more than just side projects done between serious work on Android and iOS.

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Bill Shooter of Bul
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True. They screwed up their best chance at windows RT in 2004-2005 or so. Or perhaps the NT 4.x days when they actually had multiple architectures working, but without a plan on how to run the same software on all of them.

Or the early windows CE days where you had to compile for Arm and MIPS separately.

Or when Java was released, demonstrating how to do a single binary that worked on multiple architectures without a recompile.

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jared_wilkes Member since:

So, just to be clear: you went from saying Microsoft had a great idea to saying they were fcked a decade ago? Am I following that correctly?

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I'm saying it was a great idea that they should have laid the foundation for years ago. They were presented with the problem over and over again, and instead of addressing it properly they ignored it. If they hadn't ignored it, windows rt would be a great idea.

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