Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Mar 2018 22:09 UTC
Windows

While Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 more than six months ago, there are some users that still utilize the platform as their daily driver. Although the company's overall mobile initiative isn't faring too well either, most users on older platforms are still there because they prefer it over the competition or weren't offered an upgrade path to Windows 10 Mobile.

However, it now appears that Windows Phone 8.1 users are facing some unforeseen problems with the Store - and no, it isn't regarding the dearth of apps. According to reports, people on the platform have been unable to download apps from the Store since yesterday.

While I'm sure this particular case is just some weird bug, it does highlight a real problem - what happens to a perfectly fine phone phone running a walled garden platform when its creator ceases to offer application store services? In an ideal world, such a platform would be opened up and set free, but I highly doubt that's going to happen here.

The reality will be that a lot of perfectly fine phones will end up in the trash.

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RE: Comment by Sidux
by Alfman on Thu 8th Mar 2018 17:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by Sidux"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Sidux,

Not only this but what happens when a perfectly fine product ceases to function when service becomes unreachable / unresponsive after a patch was issued?
People tend to depend too much on something that they don't understand how they function but is heavily marketed.


Yeah, IOT is a mixed bag. Even big companies like google have given it a bad reputation.

In one case, google discontinued the services, which immediately rendered the devices useless.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/05/revolv-devices-br...

In another, google botched the software and it could no longer phone home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/fashion/nest-thermostat-glitch-ba...

Other times it's just poor engineering, like not giving owners sufficient control to locally override the device.
http://www.businessinsider.com/google-employee-nest-smoke-alarm-is-...
(watch the video)


A big problem in all these cases is that, as engineered, the IOT devices were guilty of not incorporating a local fallback mode. Ideally IOT connectivity is never supposed to break, but it is beyond stupid that they could not degrade gracefully and could not perform correctly as a dumb device without the control of the "master hive".

To be clear, it's not that IOT is a bad idea. Web-enabled thermostats, detectors, etc can be useful, but they shouldn't be dependent on external proprietary services that can and do fail.

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