Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Nov 2013 21:35 UTC
Windows

The Verge reviews the giant Nokia Lumia 1520:

Samsung and others have proven that there is a market for giant smartphones, warts and all. But that doesn't mean that just any smartphone is better if it's bigger, and the 1520 is a prime example of that. It's bigger and faster than any other Windows Phone yet, but it's not necessarily a better Windows Phone because of that. If all you've ever wanted in life is a Lumia 925 with a magnifying glass on top of it, the 1520 is exactly that. It's a tour de force in resolution and speed, but it's not a great smartphone or even a great replacement for a tablet.

And yet, it'll be a better tablet than any Windows 8.1 RT device. There's something poetic about that.

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RE: Somehow I doubt it
by TBPrince on Tue 19th Nov 2013 00:10 UTC in reply to "Somehow I doubt it"
TBPrince
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2005-07-06

Agreed.

It seems to me that for ages people complained that Windows was not dropping its backward compatibility to "invent" a new system.

Then, when Windows did, people is complaining that Windows... is not Windows anymore and that you cannot do all the things you were used to do with Windows.

Yawn... boring.

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RE[2]: Somehow I doubt it
by dvhh on Tue 19th Nov 2013 02:03 in reply to "RE: Somehow I doubt it"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

Among the complains, is that Microsoft push a locked ecosystem on Windows RT, And that the break is only applicable to 3rd party dev (where office on RT exists in the Desktop space of RT).
Plus capitalizing on the "Windows" brand for tablet is not such a good strategy for building an ecosystem that breaks backward compatibility.

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RE[3]: Somehow I doubt it
by moondevil on Tue 19th Nov 2013 07:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Somehow I doubt it"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Plus capitalizing on the "Windows" brand for tablet is not such a good strategy for building an ecosystem that breaks backward compatibility.


Apple did something similar.

I see Metro as Cocoa, with Win32 having the role of Carbon/ClassicOS (Blue Box).

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RE[3]: Somehow I doubt it
by lucas_maximus on Tue 19th Nov 2013 08:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Somehow I doubt it"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I was having a conversation with the architect yesterday. He was saying he has 3 laptops 1 for work (Win 7), 1 home (Win 8) and a Chromebook.

He tends to the use the chromebook for pretty much everything and most of the dev is done in the cloud/remotely.

I been doing the same with Windows VMs. My main machine is pretty much just a thin client.

Personally I find it better to work this way and the old way of doing things (the official way at work) we are just bypassing because the rest of IT at work is just miles behind.

Edited 2013-11-19 08:19 UTC

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RE[3]: Somehow I doubt it
by TBPrince on Tue 19th Nov 2013 22:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Somehow I doubt it"
TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, I don't think they would ever scrap a brand so strong as Windows is. It would be insane.

I think you cannot apply to Microsoft metrics used for other companies. No other company do all the stuff Microsoft does, in basically any possible IT market. And in most of them, they are successfull.

That forces them to play this game considering ALL their activities while most companies only try to protect one or two core businesses.

Microsoft is currently leading desktop, office, servers, consoles, services and development fields. At the same time they need to grow their phones and tablets divisions without harming other ones, plus their advertising / search engines platforms.

Not as easy as manufacturing iPhones/iPads and being completely irrelevant in anything else... I guess.

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