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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1: 3 Takeaways

Windows Phone boss Joe Belfiore's Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat included feature news on the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1 -- and frank talk of mobile struggles.
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Windows Phone 8.1 will feature a file manager by later this year.
Windows Phone 8.1 will feature a file manager by later this year.

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hho927
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hho927,
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5/5/2014 | 12:43:38 PM
Re: Pros and Cons
The hardware is not the issue. MS made XNA long ago. If you use XNA to develop games, you can publish your games to any platform.

XNA is not good for large games. Hardcore game developers don't use XNA. Most of them were written in C/C++ even machine language(I don't know what they use now. I quit develop games long ago). Each OS (xbox,windows,etc) have different APIs. So to port them, they have to rewrite some codes.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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5/4/2014 | 9:21:27 PM
Re: Pros and Cons
Thanks for echoing me on this. I do love your idea about porting games to WindowsPhone. XBox is actually a pure x-86 based PC and you can install OS on it. If we can port PC game to WindowsPhone, it will create more growth potential for it.
Brian.Dean
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5/4/2014 | 8:36:53 PM
Re: Pros and Cons
Good points, the availability of apps and familiarity with Windows will determine the future of Windows Phone 8.1 (and 8.x). Universal Apps might be able to create a healthy ecosystem in time, it is interesting that Microsoft went with the x86 architecture for the Xbox One, this brought the PC and Game developing world closer, if it is relatively easy to port a low resource hungry game onto a mobile device then the Windows Phone could score big time, since, some users have a Smartphone because of its ability to perform mobile gaming.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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5/3/2014 | 9:59:22 PM
Pros and Cons
For WindowsPhone, my experience as an end user is rather limited. I used to purchase a Lumina for my mom since it has big screen size, big font size, concise and clean UI with big icons. But sorry to say the UI cannot be called fancy and somehow it's a little bit difficult to find relevant settings. I am not sure if WindowsPhone 8.1 will be better with newly added features. The file manager is a good thing to have but in my humble opinion the App availability is still the key - without strong support from development community, WindowsPhone platform may not last for long.
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