Microsoft clamps down tightly on Windows Phone 8 features

Microsoft clamps down tightly on Windows Phone 8 features
Microsoft has apparently become so concerned about leaks of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS, it has tightly clamped down on access to the software. According to Eldar Murtazin at Mobile-Review, OEM prototypes of Windows Phone 8 handsets each have a special activation key. During IFA, those who were allowed to look at Windows Phone 8 models found features blocked and inaccessible. Those pressing buttons on the devices received a pop up message or there was no response at all.

Just because the features were inaccessible didn't mean that they weren't on the handsets. Microsoft is said to be so paranoid with Windows Phone 8, that has not even showed certain features to its partners. According to the report, even OEMs working on Windows Phone 8 models have no idea about all of the features that Microsoft has provided for. Imagine that you are manufacturing a Windows Phone 8 smartphone and you are designing the hardware. Somewhere down the line, it might be important to know what Microsoft is planning so that you can incorporate it into the device.

The one exception is said to be Nokia. Perhaps because of their special relationship with Redmond, Nokia says it has been involved in the development of Windows Phone 8 from the beginning and had the ability to influence the code jockeys writing the software. Does that give the Finnish based handset manufacturer an unfair advantage? With anything in this life, money talks and, well, you know the rest.
source: MobileReview (translated) via UnwiredView



1. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I ask one reason. why? is there something that doesn't work yet? are they trying to build anticipation?(most likely)

5. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Why ask why? Drink Bud Dry. ^_~ It's because it's good business I suppose.

16. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Great, I laughed. Kinda showed our age on that reference, boss. Thanks a lot....

8. MeoCao unregistered

I think leaking is better way to build anticipation. MS can choose what to leak, even things WP8 does not have.

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I do think that anticipation has some play in it, but also I think the main reason could be to not give away information to the competition. Imagine if they had shown all of the features of Windows Phone 8 back in June when they first introduced Windows Phone 8. It would have given Apple and Google enough time to either incorporate those features or try to create a spin on how features already incorporated in their respective OS' stack up against it. Heck, even if Microsoft had shown features last week at IFA, it would have given Apple enough time before its iPhone announcement to try to create a spin to consumers that their OS features are better. One feature that I haven't heard about in a while that I think maybe included in Windows Phone 8 is an update to TellMe. I remember last year when Microsoft showed a video demonstration of what they believed was the future of the TellMe software and how it would be more like a personal assistant than Siri. I can imagine TellMe being updated to the point where you can control your TV through it, use it with Xbox features, and even interact with your tablet or desktop PC. I would be really excited about Windows Phone 8 if they really worked on TellMe and it became more like the video demonstration of where they wanted to go with it. Here is the video for reference:

2. lsguntu

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

If everything is leaked, whats there to show it in main event :) ?

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

What isguntu said. There needs to be excitement and anticipation, like at Nokia and Samsung events (and sometimes the fruit company's). The Galaxy S3 and ATIV S weren't letdowns because few had strong anticipations for them, and with few leaks, none of Samsung's thunder was stolen. Same with the 808 PureView, though there were some VERY good teases there, and the actual product (that is, the camera and tech, less so the phone) were staggeringly good, even somewhat overwhelming.

4. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

This is wonderful news! It's like Christmas. Allow the kids to open one present Christmas eve and then on Christmas day enjoy all the goodies. Way to go MS. I am patiently waiting to hear all the good news!

6. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I've owned all iphones, and a few androids but never got around to buying or trying out a windows phone. So my question is, how is windows? Compared to other OS. The HTC accord and Samsung ativ look pretty awesome Imo.

9. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I switched from Iphone 4 to WP7.5 (Nokia Lumia 900) and love it. I use it for work and traveling with it in Europe and Asia is awesome too. Got tire of ios and the same iphones generic designs and annoyed by the small improvement they made to each new iphone. My sis switched from Iphone 4S to HTC One X. The phone is beautiful. Personally, I find the android UI too cluttered. Really I think there are not a whole lot of differences in the things you want to do with your phone. Just test out the UI you prefer best. By the way, my sister dropped her HTC One X from on top of the fridge, it bounced a few times on concrete floor. Not a scratch, no harm at all. Really surprised by the solid build.

10. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

That's HTC for ya, good build quality. I love my Galaxy Nexus but the build quality is nowhere near that of HTC's or Motorola's, were they to release a Nexus I would jump right there

22. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

It's great! Simple, yet with advanced functionality, and smooooth like butter. Microsoft have thought hard about how a mobile OS is supposed to work, and what people actually do with their phones, and crafted the whole user experience based on it. This is the reason it always manages to beat all Android superphones in daily tasks that people actually do frequently, like taking a picture and uploading it to Facebook, or update your status on Facebook or Twitter, map stuff or just other social stuff. Maybe you've seen some of the videos of the "Smoked by Windows Phone" campaign? With Windows Phone 8, the platform takes a GIANT leap forward since they it will now use the same kernel ("core") as big brother Windows 8, which allows it to take advantage of numerous new features and programming languages, app-porting between Win8 and WP8, DirectX, multi-cores, HD-displays, on-device encryption, pretty much anything you could imagine is now possible (which was not possible in WP7 due to restrictions in the old kernel/core). There's a whole new world opening up, starting TODAY with Nokia and Microsoft's press event! :-) Welcome to our side, any time you want!

7. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft will probably this month reveal more info to it's oem's because in october windows 8 Smart phone will officially be revealed to the World and dates for the sale of the Windows 8 smart phones revealed. the Verizon Nokia smart phone is the real announcement everybody is interested in. Verizon is the Number one favorite Cell phone net work Carrier in the USA, Verizon customers who want to jump from a feature Cell phone to a Smart phone will want to have Information about Windows 8 smart phone Many first generation current Verizon windows 7.5 smart phone are nearing the end of their contract to buy the windows 7.5 Mango and the service plans that went with them, It's upgrade time for them. if they want to stay with a windows smart phone they will want to know what it looks like and it's new features. Verizon could cut them a new sweet deal to upgrade to a Windows 8 smart phone,

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ahahha.. thanks to nokia WP8 is so cool!!! i hope WP8 will include features that is really a must now... i think microsoft need to buy that voice assistant NINA... and include it to WP8 since android 4.1 and iOS 5 has voince assistant (iOS 6 will be just deep integration) and BB10 is also working on a voice assistant.... so i think microsoft should make a move about this... TellMe sucks and i think buying NINA will be good for WP8.. its par to SIRI and Google Now!

12. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I read somewhere it is already working on that

14. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

That picture is the Galaxy S 3. You'd think you'd need some sort of prior qualification or at least a vague familiarity with current phones to write and edit for a tech blog who's main focus is phones, but apparently not.

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Indeed. Their WP8 phone is a SG2 clone. I'll be watching apple's move on whether or not they really are suing over "principle" instead of just trying to stifle competition.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Microsoft and Apple have a cross-liscencing agreement. They can not sue each other based on established patents and designs. So, Samsung's ATIV is safe as it has MS's OS on it and is covered by the agreement. It is one of the selling points MS has to manufacturers of Android and why some analysts say the verdict over Samsung may help WP 8. (I do not believe that, by the way.)

21. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Irrelevant. Samsung is NOT Microsoft. And whether or not an agreement is in place, they cannot CLONE either.

18. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Good this mean more surprises to come

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011


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