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    With the millions of Halo fans out there, it would be easy for Microsoft to buy one of these companies that makes those IOS halo clones, and tell them to make a real Halo game.

    Then at E3, announce the game exclusive to the Windows Phone, and boooom, you would have so many kiddies and adults who have to have their halo, go out and get a windows phone just to have Halo on the road.

    Heck, port Halo 1 with online play to a windows phone and they would be golden.
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    Or a custom Halo phone. Master chief green with a custom color tiles. That would get tons of kids hooked.

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    I think if you want to go that route more people play modern warfare and battlefield than play halo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redraider133 View Post
    I think if you want to go that route more people play modern warfare and battlefield than play halo.
    Maybe, but Halo is a property owned my Microsoft. I haven't bought a game on my WP7 device yet, but I'd spend up to $15 on an exclusive Halo game. ****, I'd even consider buying a "Halo phone" off contract. Halo is my favorite series of all time, and considering its popularity, millions of other people like it too.
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    Millions of people like Halo sure, but like it enough to buy a phone and likely commit to a contract into the bargain? I really doubt it. There's a big difference between buying a 40 game you can trade in when finished and buying a 300+ phone plus contract cost for 18 months or so - and that's even assuming their contract is up at the right time.

    Totally agree that some decent first-party games are long overdue though (Halo, Gears of War etc.)
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    microsoft would benefit more from gaining control of their own marketplace, clean out the crappy apps and focus on devs that make good apps.

    that, and advertising.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svtfmook View Post
    microsoft would benefit more from gaining control of their own marketplace, clean out the crappy apps and focus on devs that make good apps.

    that, and advertising.
    And getting more of the dev's that are on the other platforms to make their apps for wp also.
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    I honestly think this would be a great idea. Leverage some of these exclusive properties and make them WP exclusive. Why stop at Halo? Throw in Gears of War. Throw in Fable (and i DO NOT mean Coin Golf, I mean an honest to goodness Fable game). Make a Forza Mobile. What I think would be really cool would be to launch a line of phone analogous to the Nexus line and give them Xbox branding. Instead of being an HTC or a Samsung something it would be a Microsoft Xbox Mobile with Windows Phone. Make it appealing by bundling some of these Xbox title in with the phone and giving it an Xbox-esque design.
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    If they want real marketshare they better make Bing Maps as good as the iPhone Maps app, get an iMovie equivalent and get better hardware.
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    You know what with all the buzz right now WP can really do it! If MS dedicates E3 to WP, and Xbox Live on Windows 8 they can really turn heads and next year can be the annoucement of the 720.

    For example think how easy it would be for people to start gaming against each other. I know steam is there but the common non PC gamer doesn't know alot about Steam. If Xbox Live is built into the PC more people can easily pick up and play games like CS, Quake etc and earn achievements with their gamertag.

    Also I suspect Microsoft maybe releasing a Xbox Live controller attachment onto their Windows 8 phones and if Windows 8 has the dual core hotness then it might just be able to play XBLA games on the go which is HUGE for the platform.

    This is a very big year for MS and it started off by winning CES and IMO they did now its time to win over MWC
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingCrimson View Post
    If they want real marketshare they better make Bing Maps as good as the iPhone Maps app, get an iMovie equivalent and get better hardware.
    Nokia maps > any iPhone maps app.

    At least the one on Symbian. Nokia drive and maps on wp7 need taking to that level, I.e. TOTALLY offline maps and navigation
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    Nokia maps on WP isn't quite there yet (Nokia Drive is excellent though), but I do prefer it to Bing maps already. It's much easier to read and use, even if it does have slightly less functionality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkr10001 View Post
    Nokia maps > any iPhone maps app.

    At least the one on Symbian. Nokia drive and maps on wp7 need taking to that level, I.e. TOTALLY offline maps and navigation
    Does Nokia do finger tracking as good as Apple. Do Nokia maps have drop pins?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pronk View Post
    Nokia maps on WP isn't quite there yet (Nokia Drive is excellent though), but I do prefer it to Bing maps already. It's much easier to read and use, even if it does have slightly less functionality.
    Bing Maps are too monochrome compared to Google Maps. People like color.
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    Still no iMovie on Windows Phone. A glaring omission if I ever saw one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingCrimson View Post
    Still no iMovie on Windows Phone. A glaring omission if I ever saw one.
    Isn't that an apple thing......?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkr10001 View Post
    Isn't that an apple thing......?
    Yes it is, but why hasn't Microsoft made their own movie creation app for Windows Phone 7? Not enough in-house talent? Only Apple has audio/video talent, really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingCrimson View Post
    If they want real marketshare they better make Bing Maps as good as the iPhone Maps app, get an iMovie equivalent and get better hardware.
    Google maps is hands down the best and bing/iphone(even though it uses maps) is far behind especially when it comes to turn by turn voice navigation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redraider133 View Post
    Google maps is hands down the best and bing/iphone(even though it uses maps) is far behind especially when it comes to turn by turn voice navigation.
    So we're in agreement. Windows Phone is far inferior in doing the basics of what a smartphone is expected to do in 2012. Sure it has all those nifty live tiles and integrated social networking, but who cares if the map application doesn't work correctly or I can't create a movie on my WP7.5 and then share it on Twitter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingCrimson View Post
    Still no iMovie on Windows Phone. A glaring omission if I ever saw one.
    How is it a glaring omission? Imovie on a phone is about worthless not to mention there are plenty alternatives out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by redraider133 View Post
    How is it a glaring omission? Imovie on a phone is about worthless not to mention there are plenty alternatives out there
    No there are no alternatives. I did a google search yesterday for "windows phone movie maker" and NOTHING. Show me one app in the market that does that, much less as good as Apple's or the premium Android ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingCrimson View Post
    No there are no alternatives. I did a google search yesterday for "windows phone movie maker" and NOTHING. Show me one app in the market that does that, much less as good as Apple's or the premium Android ones.
    Hands up if you care about editing movies on your WP when you can do a better job on your PC?

    *tumbleweed rolls past*
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    Sounds like a great opportunity for a savvy developer to fill a hole in the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winning Guy View Post
    Sounds like a great opportunity for a savvy developer to fill a hole in the market.
    Or even that.... lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkr10001 View Post
    Hands up if you care about editing movies on your WP when you can do a better job on your PC?

    *tumbleweed rolls past*
    Haha, that's a tsunami of people headed to the Apple Stores to buy a phone that can do that. I know people who use iMovie regularly, so don't spout me that Luddite nonsense.
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