1. canesfan625's Avatar
    While people are off foaming at the mouth over Microsoft and 7.8 I think OEMS are just as much to blame. I would almost bet money that MSFT was getting alot of pressure from OEMS about how they are not going to spend time and money to write new drivers for WP8 and rewrite drivers for current devices. The process would take around 9 months at least. They pull these same shenanigans with Android to get new devices sales and people bow at googles feet over the OS.
    06-21-2012 02:40 PM
  2. gwydionjhr's Avatar
    I don't think the OEMs have to do any writing of drivers for WP. Do they? Isn't that the whole point of the hardware restrictions MS has laid down?
    06-21-2012 04:09 PM
  3. canesfan625's Avatar
    I don't think the OEMs have to do any writing of drivers for WP. Do they? Isn't that the whole point of the hardware restrictions MS has laid down?
    Yes, OEMs write drivers.
    06-21-2012 04:32 PM
  4. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    I thought the one of the advantages of the new kernel was OEMs could write a driver once and it would work for PCs, tablets, and phones because of the shared kernel? At least that's what they said during the Windows Phone summit.

    Or does that only work because of the new hardware in WP8 devices?
    06-21-2012 09:37 PM
  5. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    Quote from another thread:


    Beside all politics, I suspect there are solid technical reasons why the phones out now can not get WP8 in its full glory with reasonable effort and reasonable cost. Microsoft seems not to detail them, but I think they are there.

    Candidates in my eyes are:

    a) WP8 with its new core also brings another device driver model compared with the old Windows CE based kernel of WP7. Who will write or provide all these drivers for the existing phones? Maybe the manufacturers are unwilling or unable to provide them.

    b) The boot loaders of the existing phones may not able to boot WP8, and its too complicated / costly to modify those boot loaders.

    c) WP8 may be too big to fit into the flash memories of existing phones.

    By the way, the one reason that is widely floated ("WP8 is multicore, so your existing phone with a single core won't be able to run it") strikes me as something given to the non-technical masses, as something that sounds logical and is therefore more or less acceptable. Technically, that strikes me as so much rubbish: The Windows NT kernel was multicore from the beginning but of course runs quite happily on a single-core CPU as well.

    And that's true for any other OS that I ever heard of: I don't know a single example of an OS that absolutely cannot run on a single core, but must have more than one.
    06-21-2012 10:06 PM
  6. canesfan625's Avatar
    I thought the one of the advantages of the new kernel was OEMs could write a driver once and it would work for PCs, tablets, and phones because of the shared kernel? At least that's what they said during the Windows Phone summit.

    Or does that only work because of the new hardware in WP8 devices?

    It works becuase its a unified kernel. We dont have that kernel yet..
    06-22-2012 06:44 AM
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