1. wpceej989's Avatar
    Let me preface this by apologizing for the long post, but I just had to get this out there to people I hopefully feel the same way.

    I've been part of the Windows Phone community now since Windows Mobile 6.5. Through all the ups and downs, I watched as Microsoft stumbled through each iteration of their strategies for phones and desktop devices. Each revision, it was always a "wait and see, it'll get better" approach. And each revision, I waited, hoped, and ultimately was to some degree disappointed. The Microsoft mobile vision was just a laughing stock to the rest of the world. And though the community had kept me going, with great developers like Rudy Huyn doing his best to bring all they could to this platform, I completely gave up. I begrudgingly looked around at what Android devices were out there to replace my device. While Android has come a long long way from when I last truly used it, it wasn't as fun or enjoyable as holding my Windows Phone device. In conversations I would have with stalwart Android and Apple backers I knew that if Microsoft got their stuff together, if they would stop silo'ing everything, they could really turn the ship around.

    And then Tuesday happened.

    Now I'll admit, the Phone presentation did feel a bit rushed. But overall, I was totally 101% in like Flynn. Never did I see so much passion and confidence in a Microsoft press conference then what I saw then. It was different. It was the NEW Microsoft that I'm sure all of us were hoping them to show. Panos keeps getting better and better, and it was brilliant on whomever it was to get him to be the head of the entire Devices division. I could just see him just put it all out there. He convinced me that he had a pulse on what's going on, about all the negativity out there by the mainstream tech bloggers and media outlets. And he faced them head-on to show that this Microsoft is willing to strive for greatness. It wasn't backing down on the challenge to make the products and services they were working on exciting. This event really was Microsoft's make or break. And they delivered in spades.

    So yes, there are still a lot of things that need to be ironed out, there is still the app gap situation for mobile. But if this doesn't turn some heads in the dev community, then I don't know what will. But we as a community will do what we have been doing for some time, but this time with a bit more confidence. We will wait and see what's next.
    libra89 likes this.
    10-08-2015 09:13 PM
  2. Rooks308's Avatar
    I'd put myself in the cautiously optimistic category. I loved the Surface 4 and Surfacebook parts. Can't wait for Hololens to hit retail someday, but the Lumia phones part (other than the Display Dock) felt sort of half hearted. I know he said everything had been leaked already so why bother going into detail but most people don't follow Windows Phone leaks. I knew what the specs were going to be, but would have liked to see them really hammer down on what is going to make these phones stand out and why they are so great.

    Overall I was pretty thrilled with the presentation, but time will tell if they can now execute.
    10-08-2015 09:30 PM
  3. wpceej989's Avatar
    Agree with your view, but they have definitely turned some heads on what's coming down the pike. Like, actually have real stuff they were able to show, so that's what was so great. Plus the video about the new camera on the 950/XL oh my gooodness does it look lovely.
    10-08-2015 10:34 PM
  4. CygnusOrion's Avatar
    It does feel like the ground has shifted, doesn't it? That Surface Book is like a lightning bolt.

    Just keep watching it again:

    Microsoft Windows 10 devices event

    From 1:15:00 on.
    10-08-2015 11:01 PM
  5. wpceej989's Avatar
    It definitely does! Can't wait for 2016 stuff...
    10-13-2015 10:51 AM
  6. anon(5969054)'s Avatar
    Agree with your view, but they have definitely turned some heads on what's coming down the pike. Like, actually have real stuff they were able to show, so that's what was so great. Plus the video about the new camera on the 950/XL oh my gooodness does it look lovely.
    First I thought the lumia part was rushed as well. But after watching the whole event I advice you to watch the lumia part again. It will hit you twice as hard and you will see the passion and understand it got enough attention in the event. The Lumia's are made for fans. Fans knew everything from leaks. Panos said it during the presentation. It was very personal. "you know this" he said. It was not rushed at all. Sp4 and sb needed their time as well.
    920Walker likes this.
    10-13-2015 11:10 AM

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