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Morris Otte
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Morris Otte,
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11/19/2012 | 4:39:37 AM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
"Microsoft is screwing early adopters"

That says it all.
ANON1237925156805
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ANON1237925156805,
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6/25/2012 | 11:11:06 PM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
The Windows Phone OS is scarcely 18 months old and of course devices didn't come out right away. The partnership with Nokia is a little over a year old with devices hitting their stride within the past six months really. Microsoft seems to be targeting the enterprise as its beachhead, hoping to slide into RIM's spot.

In this context it's just too soon for so disruptive a break. I'm not saying that you can never orphan old devices; just that you can't do it cavalierly, particularly when you are looking for credibility in the enterprise. A smartphone isn't a mainframe but it's not a disposable razor either, especially for hundreds of employees.

NFC and micro-SD are nice to have, and flip to silence actually sounds like a fantastic innovation but none of them is critical to making a smartphone tick. Why can't Win 8 simply disable these functions if the hardware does not have them? That way you have one version of the software and everyone is in the current ecosystem running whatever apps its hardware allows.

Apple has perfected this and its non-disruptive upgrade path is no doubt one reason that it's been let into the enterprise.

You say that 7.8 offers an up upgrade path for users of Win 7 devices comparable to their having purchased a Win 8 device. Not so. 7.8 apparently won't have the full new interface; it surely won't run the newer apps, all of which will surely be designed for Win 8. And 7.x is now a train to nowhere.

Who would buy the lovely Lumia 900 now? Not I, said the wolf. How does this support partner Nokia? With no other partners truly invested in the future of this OS, how does that play out?
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ANON1237925156805,
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6/25/2012 | 2:55:26 PM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
Not for the first year anyway.
RobMark
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6/25/2012 | 1:32:31 PM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
So, those upgrades are easily made by any user of those devices? My understanding is they are not.
RobMark
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6/25/2012 | 1:27:51 PM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
So, if I buy my first WP when the WP8 devices are released, I'm not subject to any of the "bad".
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White_Lotus,
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6/22/2012 | 5:20:03 AM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
Window Phone 6 (aka Windows Mobile) is getting swept under the rug here. My friend has one and MS has all but abandoned it, including the app store. Seems like MS is doing this with all their phones all the time.
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White_Lotus,
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6/22/2012 | 5:17:14 AM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
Not true at all. My old Nexus phone was upgraded to Gingerbread. I upgraded my Galaxy Tab from Froyo to Gingerbread as well. I expect Ice Cream Sandwich to be available for my HTC Amaze eventually. It's fair to expect at least one update for popular Android devices.
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EVVJSK,
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6/21/2012 | 6:35:22 PM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
How do you explain iPhone upgrades as well as SOME Android Phones which had Android 2.3 and are now getting 4.0, also Symbian S^3, Anna, Belle, etc... (obviously some people have come to expect upgrades)?
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6/21/2012 | 6:33:12 PM
re: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
Some will say the reason the Nokia Lumia 900 only cost $100 or so was because Nokia, MS, and maybe even AT&T knew that it wouldn't get Windows Phone 8. My personal philosophy is that users should have been told it would not get it and then they could have decided. Microsoft owes Nokia about 4 or 5 MORE Billion. Stephen Elop MUST be sitting at Nokia shaking his head and saying "boy I got screwed" ! They problem is that is what his Nokia employees and Nokia customers have been saying since the Nokia Windows Phone announcement in February of 2011.
ianlee74
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ianlee74,
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6/21/2012 | 6:08:58 PM
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Yawn... Since when has this not been the case. It doesn't matter what brand phone you buy. If you expect an upgrade path then this is obviously your first smartphone purchase. It's unfortunate, but it's simply the way this sector works.
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