09-11-2014 03:18 AM
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  1. nicfromwales's Avatar
    So that's the Bing apps, HERE apps, MixRadio (yes I realise these two aren't Microsoft products) and, potentially, Cortana, plus usually better versions of Skype, OneDrive, Office, etc. Great work, boys and girls.

    Microsoft rebrands Bing apps to MSN with iOS and Android versions due soon | The Verge
    09-08-2014 03:46 AM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I'm so surprised by this news! It means the end of WP! How could they do this! Why MS??? WHY!!!?!?!?!?!

    In other news, MS calls itself a software company and has decided that Bing really was a dumb name...
    09-08-2014 04:06 AM
  3. dKp1977's Avatar
    Where's the big deal? That Google doesn't bring any of their services over to WP doesn't mean Microsoft has to act the very same ignorant way. I couldn't care less if apps I use on WP are exclusive or not. I'm using WP because I like it best from all available mobile OSes and not because I feel somewhat superior when I have apps that aren't available for other platforms. Even though Microsoft now even produces hardware doesn't change a thing about the fact that their main focus still is software. And if they want users to take advantage of their large portfolio of services, they need to make them broadly available.
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    09-08-2014 04:08 AM
  4. nicfromwales's Avatar
    I get that Microsoft is a software company, and I don't think that it indicates the end of Windows Phone. But it'd be good to have something to differentiate us from competing platforms when my friends ask "so why do you own a Lumia?".
    Karthik Naik likes this.
    09-08-2014 04:11 AM
  5. a5cent's Avatar
    In other news, MS calls itself a software company and has decided that Bing really was a dumb name...
    lol, completely agree, but you forgot one important part:

    Going to other platforms is good. It's only a problem if MS' apps on other platforms are better than on WP.
    09-08-2014 04:11 AM
  6. dKp1977's Avatar
    I get that Microsoft is a software company, and I don't think that it indicates the end of Windows Phone. But it'd be good to have something to differentiate us from competing platforms when my friends ask "so why do you own a Lumia?".
    There's a very simple answer to questions like that:

    "Because I like the build quality, the stunning camera, the UI, especially the consistency throughout the entire OS and apps and furthermore I rather be an individual that doesn't follow the flock."
    09-08-2014 04:17 AM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I get that Microsoft is a software company, and I don't think that it indicates the end of Windows Phone. But it'd be good to have something to differentiate us from competing platforms when my friends ask "so why do you own a Lumia?".
    Well, the simple reasons should be 1 - you like the OS and 2 - you like the hardware. Everything else is dressing.
    Karthik Naik likes this.
    09-08-2014 04:17 AM
  8. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    lol, completely agree, but you forgot one important part:

    Going to other platforms is good. It's only a problem if MS' apps on other platforms are better than on WP.
    Well depends how you mean 'better' but I agree.
    09-08-2014 04:17 AM
  9. StephanW's Avatar
    Microsoft closes Windows Phone, now endorses iOS.
    09-08-2014 04:23 AM
  10. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Microsoft closes Windows Phone, now endorses iOS.
    If there was a link to that article I'd read it.
    09-08-2014 04:24 AM
  11. Pete's Avatar
    Personally, I also think it's great that MS should bring services and apps to other platforms.

    The thing I'm really struggling with though is the MSN branding. Microsoft put a lot of effort into pushing the "Bing" thing and tied apps to that high-visibility trademark. And now they're "MSN". To my mind, "MSN" is on the "old" pile with Yahoo.com, Aol.com and AskJeeves (yes I know they're still current, but it's not the same thing for me - Aol fell out out my life at the same time as CompuServe). Microsoft spent quite some effort in transitioning people away from MSN messenger and on to Skype.

    And now MSN is suddenly alive again....
    09-08-2014 05:13 AM
  12. myfyp2's Avatar
    As long as the WP apps will be treated as the same as (or better than) the Android/iOS apps, I am ok. However, I am not really optimistic of that.
    09-08-2014 05:27 AM
  13. Lance_WPCentral's Avatar
    Microsoft brings all its apps to Android and iOS. Google should learn something from them and stop being selfish !

    MS would benefit from this in one way but on the other hand since its apps loose exclusiveness to Windows Phone, people might not go in for WP when they have everything in one place on Android.
    09-08-2014 05:32 AM
  14. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Microsoft brings all its apps to Android and iOS. Google should learn something from them and stop being selfish !

    MS would benefit from this in one way but on the other hand since its apps loose exclusiveness to Windows Phone, people might not go in for WP when they have everything in one place on Android.
    Maybe this is the start of a better relationship between Google and MS... then again, maybe not. :P

    We'll just have to wait and see what happens. Maybe we'll all be surprised one decade, I mean day...
    09-08-2014 05:37 AM
  15. hopmedic's Avatar
    And in other news, Microsoft wins yet another industry award for having an unmatched handle on naming...
    09-08-2014 07:15 AM
  16. HeyCori's Avatar
    It seems like this decision has more to do with consistency and worldwide branding than Microsoft's dislike for the Bing name. There's currently a preview for the new MSN home page. IMO, it looks quite nice. It also does a much better job of integrating Microsoft's core Bing services. You can even customize the page. It's also Microsoft's main web portal and the default home page on internet explorer. I could see why Microsoft wouldn't want to confuse people by directing them to MSN to access Bing Finance - but not to go to Bing for Bing Finance - because Bing Finance is on MSN but not on Bing... It's much easier to have one consistent brand name. Plus, it helps in parts of the world where the Bing brand isn't as trusted and used. People that use MSN Finance are likely to stay with that brand (even if they don't realize it's still powered by Bing)
    09-08-2014 07:23 AM
  17. dby2011's Avatar
    Microsoft brings all its apps to Android and iOS. Google should learn something from them and stop being selfish !

    MS would benefit from this in one way but on the other hand since its apps loose exclusiveness to Windows Phone, people might not go in for WP when they have everything in one place on Android.
    Or if you have WP you benefit from switching to Android and not lose any of services that you have become accustomed to along with the benefit of having more available apps. It's a tough situation for Microsoft.
    Last edited by dby2011; 09-08-2014 at 07:35 AM.
    09-08-2014 07:23 AM
  18. theefman's Avatar
    lol, completely agree, but you forgot one important part:

    Going to other platforms is good. It's only a problem if MS' apps on other platforms are better than on WP.
    Skype on WP. Houston, we have a problem..... :) .
    09-08-2014 07:24 AM
  19. lcw731's Avatar
    It seems like this decision has more to do with consistency and worldwide branding than Microsoft's dislike for the Bing name. There's currently a preview for the new MSN home page. IMO, it looks quite nice. It also does a much better job of integrating Microsoft's core Bing services. You can even customize the page. It's also Microsoft's main web portal and the default home page on internet explorer. I could see why Microsoft wouldn't want to confuse people by directing them to MSN to access Bing Finance - but not to go to Bing for Bing Finance - because Bing Finance is on MSN but not on Bing... It's much easier to have one consistent brand name. Plus, it helps in parts of the world where the Bing brand isn't as trusted and used. People that use MSN Finance are likely to stay with that brand (even if they don't realize it's still powered by Bing)

    It's looks the same as the old page but shades of grey and fewer colors. Whoever came up with this used should have been part of the 18,000 recently downsized.
    09-08-2014 12:15 PM
  20. Jazmac's Avatar
    Microsoft services must be allowed to roam on other platforms. It doesn't at all spell the end of WP. If you think MS spent billions for Nokia without a serious mission in mind, you are being a little short sighted.
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    09-09-2014 08:05 AM
  21. Rodrigo Pereira Teixeira's Avatar
    Microsoft services must be allowed to roam on other platforms. It doesn't at all spell the end of WP. If you think MS spent billions for Nokia without a serious mission in mind, you are being a little short sighted.
    Precisely. I'm ok with MSFT bringing their apps to Android and iOS. You make it easier for people to get a hold on it and have the experience. So, luckly they will ask themselves where they can get a better experience and, hopefully, migrate to WP.

    The only thing I don't think MS will bring to other OS is Cortana, specially because she is the key-person on WP ads on North America.
    09-09-2014 08:15 AM
  22. dKp1977's Avatar
    Precisely. I'm ok with MSFT bringing their apps to Android and iOS. You make it easier for people to get a hold on it and have the experience. So, luckly they will ask themselves where they can get a better experience and, hopefully, migrate to WP.

    The only thing I don't think MS will bring to other OS is Cortana, specially because she is the key-person on WP ads on North America.
    Even if they brought Cortana to other platforms, it would nowhere be as deeply integrated as in WP. iOS doesn't even let any 3rd party app integrate like this with the entire OS, and even Android has its limitations.
    Jazmac likes this.
    09-09-2014 08:33 AM
  23. prasath1234's Avatar
    Hope cortana is brought to android. Cortana needs some beta testers who are android users.ha haaa
    Jazmac likes this.
    09-09-2014 08:52 AM
  24. psoham777's Avatar
    So after all Android needs Microsoft's services? Hahaha, lol 😁
    09-09-2014 09:01 AM
  25. tgp's Avatar
    So after all Android needs Microsoft's services? Hahaha, lol ��
    Not really, but Microsoft needs to have Android users using their services. 1,000,000,000+ users is a lot of potential!
    Jazmac likes this.
    09-09-2014 09:10 AM
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