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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You don't need the back button
by ze_jerkface on Thu 10th Oct 2013 20:17 UTC
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You don't need USB syncing of contacts.

You don't need FM radio.

You don't need VPN support.

You don't need a richer email application.

You don't need a different browser.

You don't need to be able to set the default search engine.

You don't need the .NET framework.

You don't need to access Windows networks with your Windows Phone.

From day one NuMicrosoft has been telling Windows phone users and developers what they don't need. That's the opposite approach a business should take especially given their market position.

Like Thom I was an early adopter but have since dropped the platform. NuMicrosoft has created the worst of both worlds with Windows Phone. The walled garden of the iPhone but without the actual garden or the Android ability to break out of it. Windows Phone could have been a great platform if they actually *listened* to feedback. Yes it is selling well outside of the US at the low-end but that is only thanks to the name and design prowess of Nokia. It's only a matter of time before the cheap Androids are as good as the S4. And NuMicrosoft will probably make the bone-headed move of removing the Nokia brand.

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