| | 06-27-2011, 10:44 AM #1
This is a letter I sent to Paul Thurrott and I'd like to get your opinions about it. Feel free to be critical. I can take it. :D
Hello Mr. Thurrott,
First I'd like to say thanks for all of your hard work over the years. I've been watching Windows Weekly since Episode 3, and felt you've done an excellent job covering the topics in a moderately unbiased fashion. While you do have your own opinions (most of which I agree with), I've always felt that they were well thought out and insightful. OK... enough of the praise and on to why I've contacted you.
I recently had a conversation with a friend who wanted to migrate from his iphone 4 to WP7. I showed him all of the interesting and cool things I could do with Zune, XBox games (a couple that were XBox live games that were ported over), email, etc. When he asked me about books, I showed him the Amazon app which was pretty good in comparison to the ios version. He liked what he saw since he had only Amazon books, but I started to think that this is one place WP7 could and should be beating Apple and Google. A number of IOS users buy their apps from many different sources and get it "aggregated" to their Newsstand. I started thinking about a WP7 take on this using hubs and came up with a couple of ideas.
I think there should be two separate hubs to cover print and web media. A "News and Information" hub could aggregate news from RSS feeds, Weather, News Apps, and have pivots for Favorites, New/Breaking/Now (not sure what to call it), Top Stories. Anytime a person clicks on an aggregated topic or link it would pass that info to the associated application such as the CNN, MSNBC, or Fox. RSS feeds would open a specified RSS App or a web page of the article if so specified by the application. Due to deep linking coming in Mango, I'd allow for pinning of articles or even any of the pivots to allow quick access to your important media. Perhaps it is even possible to set up standard sections such as Technology, Entertainment, etc. and aggregate the information to those sections of the hub. There are literally a dozen different ways to go with this.
Another separate hub would be a "Periodicals/Bookshelf" hub. Obviously it is where you would aggregate magazines, newspapers, books, and other traditional print media. Following a similar model as the News and Information hub, this one would have pivots for Magazines, Books, and Newspapers, and have a Favorites and New pivots. The new pivot would show new issues (user specified) and could of course be pinned as well. Again opening an issue would open the respective app through which it was purchased. This one would also allow for users to synchronize their media with Skydrive and allow for a person to go to any of the 3 screens to resume, keep bookmarks, and save issues that would be linked to your Live ID to avoid the pesky copywrite issues. MS could add a new section to the Zune software to allow for purchasing of subscriptions of Newspapers, Magazines, Comics, etc., and due to it being in the Marketplace, could be downloaded to multiple devices or the Skydrive. On Skydrive, I'd have a folder for the hub and subfolders for each subscription.
Thanks for reading this. Any thoughts or opinions?