Windows: State of the Platform part 2 - WP 8.1 and Expansion
0. phoneArena 31 Mar 2014, 16:59 posted on
The mobile ecosystem is a diverse and amazing place. It's why we all gather here, because we all want to learn more about it. So, it is good to take a moment once in a while to really look at what has been happening in the mobile ecosystem. We've covered the Android platform, iOS, and what happened with Windows in 2013. Now, it's time to take a look ahead at 2014 for Windows...
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5. jael206 (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Hmmm.. Why is rodney limited? Is he banned or something? I miss the guy! WP articles are boring without him..
7. akki20892 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Yep...I agree. Lol I guess he is missing too.
10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3493; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I'm not banned... Just sick of pathetic trolls.. Phone Arena is just to unprofessional of a tech site, the moderators are biased, and theirs just too many childish people here... Mobile Nations is where it's at... Just dropped by to check out the comment section, and I see PA hasn't changed a bit... Peace!
11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3493; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Bad grammar.. Should've proof read that..
13. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
1 - the lady on the home page is hot...
2- I didnt even realize I signed up for this website...(must have pulled it from Android Central)
3- (just realized this) Its broken down into individual communities. So it will be a lil different. Phone Arena is like a giant melting pot. Only thing I see thats combined is podcasts and Talk Mobile. Talk Mobile seems like its gonna be interesting...
20. sip1995 (Posts: 746; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I feel you, they reported me for 2nd time....cuz of the comment below (read it i just said the truth).
21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3493; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
On WPCentral you can read your WP news in peace.. And if you want other news you can go to the parent site... It's way more productive then arguing with these idiots, and having to see their negative BS everyday.... Phone Arena is trash!
19. sip1995 (Posts: 746; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
They report me again cuz i said the truth....well done lagdroid fanboys.
3. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Windows 8.1......brought to you by MICROSOFT and your friends at the N.S.A.
8. sgodsell (Posts: 1022; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I remember the NSA keys were embedded all the way back in Windows 2000. Well before Androids time.
9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1313; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Sorry, you are getting Microd*cked if you say so. WP sends user information to NSA at least as much as Android and iOS. M$ propaganda seems to working well, so many WP users think that their platform is "more secure" than others. Sorry to tell you, it's total BS.
18. sip1995 (Posts: 746; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Once again they report me cuz i said the truth......well done
6. Damo579 (Posts: 158; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Great article michael as always. I am a windows and WP fan but you are right the apps for windows are bad, on WP they are improving. On another I hope my 1020 gets the update soon.
12. sbw44 (Posts: 380; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
I am a 1020 owner as well but don't agree with you that the apps are bad! They keep on mentioning not enough apps but I mean in what world is 200 000+ apps not enough? then when Nokia proved that almost all popular apps on android and ios, PA comes out saying now they don't have enough banking apps! What's gonne be next? not enough selfie apps?
Main point is most people at PA don't like WP and they won't change! that's just how unprofessional and pathetic some people here are
14. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Where are the Google apps? A lot of users are invested in Google but still want to use Windows Phone. They can't because there are no Google Apps.
16. sbw44 (Posts: 380; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
So just because it does not have some google apps the whole app platform is now bad? Thats bullcrap
15. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
FYI Michael, not sure where you sourced that information the OS by countries, but I live here in South Africa and windows in certainly not the second largest OS - not by a long shot. Android is probably the largest, blackberry is still very big if not bigger than android. Then I-phone - (popular in the higher LSM of SA - but still a very small part of the population). The pre-paid phone market - which makes up probably 80% of population is cheap Nokia's (The asha or symbian variety -not windows - they're almost R2,000 whereas symbian or android phones under R1,000) and other cheap android phones or blackberrys (8520 still huge out here). I think I've only met about 2 people in the last 3 years with a windows phone. And I always look what phone people are using.
17. tasior (Posts: 189; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Recently I had to use Windows 8 on regular laptop, without touch capabilities, and it was rather poor. It doesn't worry me, that many things are runned differently. The problem was, that MetroUI doesn't integrate with normal Windows programs. When I use mouse, I don't need touch optimized applications, but normal programs work only on desktop mode. The result is, I have normal windows 7, but with no start button. My programs are akwardly divided on those which work on Metro and those which doesn't, and I have to switch between two different concepts... I even like new way to get to programs, from the corner side, and different way to close them etc. The problem is, majority of them are visible only in desktop mode.
MS boasts, that Windows 8 can run legacy programs, but they do nothing, to make using them easier. They treat it as a feature, not major functionality. If they didn't, perhaps there would be no talking about app gap... Not to mention, that it angres standard laptop users.