1. prestocaso's Avatar
    Quick question for all my fellow windows phone users. I hear all the time that Microsoft is suffering in the mobile space because they were late to the game. But I remember there being windows phone's long before there were Android or IOS devices. Do we just collectively not count those versions of phones and OS's? Let me know what you think please.
    07-08-2014 09:03 PM
  2. ajst222's Avatar
    There weren't Windows Phones, there were Windows Mobile devices, which was technology (along with BBOS, Symbian, and PalmOS) that were leapfrogged by iOS and Android once they developed a bit. It took Microsoft a while to come out with a new modern OS, and when they did, it was quite bare-boned. I think right now with 8.1, Windows Phone is where it needs to be to compete. Microsoft just really needs to get out there and market it before it is too late for them to compete.
    07-08-2014 09:11 PM
  3. Villain's Avatar
    Truth be told Microsoft usually starts most things or at the start... I think MS has a problem with continuing support and growth of products then other companies capitalize on those ideas/products.
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    07-08-2014 09:15 PM
  4. rodan01's Avatar
    Windows Mobile wasn't a smartphone as you know them. Windows Mobile didn't have a touch interface.

    So, when the iPhone was presented Microsoft took the decision to drop the awful Windows Mobile and develop Windows Phone optimized for touch.

    MS added touch support in WM 6.5 to gain some time while they were developing WP, but it was a disaster because the platform wasn't designed for touch. It's like trying to use the Windows desktop as a touch interface for a 8-inch tablet.

    So, yes, Microsoft was 3-4 years late.
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    07-08-2014 09:20 PM
  5. Pierre Blackwell's Avatar
    I don't think there ever was a question of if MSFT was late for WP, but understanding that how would they handle that in trying to promote why WP is better than the more seasoned iOS or Android.
    07-08-2014 09:24 PM
  6. jbfoster61's Avatar
    Yep Microsoft is a Day late and a Dollar short.

    But...... Microsoft is slowly getting there.

    I prefer WP to Android or IOS.

    Jim
    07-08-2014 11:49 PM
  7. akthelonelyman's Avatar
    If they came with wp8 in the place of wp7 and 8.1 in place of 8 it would have been much better.
    Even though it was smooth and a unique UI wp7 was as bare bones as it come and it came at a time when other 2 competing oses were much developed.
    And one and half years for a major os update after wp8 ?wow...
    Honestly they have an OS which is really unique and with huge potential in their hands but they are making it too late for themselves at this rate.
    07-09-2014 08:05 AM
  8. ajst222's Avatar
    If they came with wp8 in the place of wp7 and 8.1 in place of 8 it would have been much better.
    Even though it was smooth and a unique UI wp7 was as bare bones as it come and it came at a time when other 2 competing oses were much developed.
    And one and half years for a major os update after wp8 ?wow...
    Honestly they have an OS which is really unique and with huge potential in their hands but they are making it too late for themselves at this rate.
    And if iOS 7 was iOS 6 it would have been much better. And if BlackBerry 10.2.1 launched instead of BB10, it would have been much better. That's not much of an argument because of course that's the case. It's silly. And they have been working on Windows Phone 8.1 for a while I assume, though it hasn't gone un-updated. There have been a lot of nice updates added along the way.
    07-09-2014 08:16 AM
  9. Soyeb Mullick's Avatar
    Microsoft is way too much slow. Android and ios market place is far better than Microsoft's wp. We don't have quality games or variables available. In April the dp released for 8.1. But still there's no official update. Will switch to android L after release. Bye Microsoft.
    07-09-2014 08:20 AM
  10. Pierre Blackwell's Avatar
    Microsoft is way too much slow. Android and ios market place is far better than Microsoft's wp. We don't have quality games or variables available. In April the dp released for 8.1. But still there's no official update. Will switch to android L after release. Bye Microsoft.
    So you're saying Halo: Spartan Assault isn't a quality game? Modern Warfare 4 isn't a quality game? Gameloft has put out a plethora of quality games. The problem is people are looking at WP expecting to see iOS or Andriod. That's not going to happen. Are there awesome games on the other Os's that aren't on WP..absolutely, but don't say that there aren't ANY quality games on WP because there are. WP marketplace is still developing. Although the official release isn't out yet for everyone, the developer preview has been more than adequate. I hope you enjoy Andriod L. I'm sure it'll be packed with some pretty cool features. For me all in all WP8.1 works.
    07-09-2014 09:25 AM
  11. akthelonelyman's Avatar
    And if iOS 7 was iOS 6 it would have been much better. And if BlackBerry 10.2.1 launched instead of BB10, it would have been much better. That's not much of an argument because of course that's the case. It's silly. And they have been working on Windows Phone 8.1 for a while I assume, though it hasn't gone un-updated. There have been a lot of nice updates added along the way.
    honestly I love wp and use it as my only phone.
    But if u think MS is doing good with updates and speed compared to the 2 main rival platforms good for u.

    Yeah and I think wp8 should have come in place of wp7. IOS is a different thing as it had already an established and faithful user base by time 7 or 6 released.and BB, yeah should have happened.their situation explains it.
    Point is there is not much room for mistakes now and when u launch a platform u wont get the same luxury android and iOS got when it was launced to launch a barebones os.
    Competition is cut throat and microsoft is really slow compared to competition
    07-09-2014 09:26 AM
  12. Chregu's Avatar
    Windows Mobile wasn't a smartphone as you know them. Windows Mobile didn't have a touch interface.
    Of course Windows Mobile had a touch interface. It was just optimized for pen input and not finger input.
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    07-09-2014 09:30 AM
  13. AG VK's Avatar
    So you're saying Halo: Spartan Assault isn't a quality game? Modern Warfare 4 isn't a quality game? Gameloft has put out a plethora of quality games. The problem is people are looking at WP expecting to see iOS or Andriod. That's not going to happen. Are there awesome games on the other Os's that aren't on WP..absolutely, but don't say that there aren't ANY quality games on WP because there are. WP marketplace is still developing. Although the official release isn't out yet for everyone, the developer preview has been more than adequate. I hope you enjoy Andriod L. I'm sure it'll be packed with some pretty cool features. For me all in all WP8.1 works.
    Personally, I don't care about those games in particular and neither does the larger smartphone customer base in general. What people do care about are your simple 'social' games like Candy Crush and Quizup - those, I really miss on WP.
    07-09-2014 10:09 AM
  14. AG VK's Avatar
    And if iOS 7 was iOS 6 it would have been much better. And if BlackBerry 10.2.1 launched instead of BB10, it would have been much better. That's not much of an argument because of course that's the case. It's silly. And they have been working on Windows Phone 8.1 for a while I assume, though it hasn't gone un-updated. There have been a lot of nice updates added along the way.
    Your analogy is also silly - of course iOS 6 & 7 were not as good as 8. That is to be expected. However, in MSFT's case they came out with a barebones, rushed, incomplete OS while there were already two tried and tested, feature-complete rival platforms. If MS had initially launched WP8.1 as it is today, it may have had a chance. Too little, too late...
    07-09-2014 10:11 AM
  15. theefman's Avatar
    Judge for yourself. WP 8.1 was announced in April, 3 months later there's still no sign of it. Ask any Microsoft exec involved with WP and you'll get some nebulous answer "in the coming months". They are definitely late and too damn slow making this OS competitive. Plus there is zero marketing, ridiculous exclusivity agreements artificially restricting access and they have no showstopping feature of the OS to capture the imagination of consumers. And what do they do? Launch android handsets. Late is the least of their problems.
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    07-09-2014 10:48 AM
  16. fdalbor's Avatar
    Not sure what I will do. I have a 820 which I really like, my wife has a 925 which she loves, we also each have a 520 for backup. But 8.1 is still not released to 99% of the public. If this Android thing is real as slow as updates come it would be years before we see it. Will probably stand pat with what I have which works just fine. If it happens and we don't like it we can always change probably to Amazon as we each have Fires.

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    07-09-2014 05:28 PM
  17. spaulagain's Avatar
    Not sure what I will do. I have a 820 which I really like, my wife has a 925 which she loves, we also each have a 520 for backup. But 8.1 is still not released to 99% of the public. If this Android thing is real as slow as updates come it would be years before we see it. Will probably stand pat with what I have which works just fine. If it happens and we don't like it we can always change probably to Amazon as we each have Fires.

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    8.1 is just now being released to the public. And if you are that desperate for 8.1, just use the Developer Preview program. I can't believe the number of people that keep ******** about 8.1s supposed late release.
    07-09-2014 05:38 PM
  18. HAMEDACC's Avatar
    I really don't know it is late or not, but I surely know that MS is moving slowly on WP. I like WP and will keep my Lumia 720 but I think I have to have another smartphone, ios, too
    07-09-2014 06:05 PM
  19. hotphil's Avatar
    I can't believe the number of people that keep ******** about 8.1s supposed late release.
    The problem is the rumour mill. You get threads with stuff like "I spoke to a cousin's best friend's dog's cleaner who rang a random MS phone number and the 1st day frontline helpdesk dude for the warehouse that ships keyboards said WP8.1 will definitely be released on "x" date, therefore it must be so".
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    07-09-2014 07:53 PM
  20. peacefulberry's Avatar
    I have to say that to me it doesn't matter when you arrive, because if there is an awesome os and ppl want to try it, with proper marketing the numbers will speak for themselves. But I do think that Google seems to be more dedicated to android than Microsoft is to wp. (Nokia seemed to be more dedicated to wp than Microsoft. )
    07-09-2014 08:36 PM

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