Windows: State of the Platform part 1 - Year in review

We've already covered the top two biggest mobile platforms in the world in our State of the Platform series. We've looked at what 2013 held and what to expect in 2014 from both Android and iOS. Now, it's time to take a look at the fastest growing platform on the market, and the platform that has the best chance of becoming the final pillar in the modern mobile triumvirate: Windows...
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27. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

A camera is not Metro, two totally different things. As far as perfected UIs go, that's a totally opinionated statement.

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Certainly opinionated, just like the comment of who needed better snappers. In the end, icons have been stagnant for years now. It was only a matter of time even without Win UI to force a change from them. Widgets were getting there, but they are only a 'maybe' solution. If it wasn't MS to make the change, in 2yrs someone, probably Samsung would have.

26. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I know the concept of Metro, I know the concept of Skeumorphism, I've studied design language and the history behind them i make informed comments, basically if you are using the principles of Metro then you are largely inspired by Metro, the funny thing is I remember when Metro was first introduced the amount of bashing it got from other platform fanboys now that its caught on many of those same people now defend those imitating the same thing they once bashed, irony at its best.

28. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

It's a fad, design concepts come and go all the time. Metro will run it's course one day and be replaced with something different, although probably not necessarily new. Personally, I can't stand Metro and long for that day.

39. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Hope it doesn't go, the start menu was archaic and icons have been 'old' for years now. Flipboard and widgets had the idea. The transition to tiles that actually do something, like show pictures, info, updates, news etc, was a long time coming. If not MS, Samsung would have in their bid to go away from droid (which was an option at one point and still is with their tizen)

29. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Indeed Flat design is a trend, its not the law so everyone going Flat shows how good they think the design MS implemented within software is.

30. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Whatever helps you sleep at night.

35. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This paragraph from the article says it all: "2013 was Windows Phone 8's first full year on the market after having been released in October of 2012. The update was a massive one, and also quite dangerous, because it was essentially a second reboot for the platform in just two years. Microsoft retired Windows Mobile with Windows Phone 7 in October of 2010, and just two years later, the company left behind all of the Windows Phone 7 devices with the Windows Phone 8 release, because older hardware was unable to upgrade. However, it seems as thought it was the right call, because as mentioned, Windows Phone has been the fastest growing platform in the world in 2013." Some WP fans try to reset the date and only go by WP 8...and totally dismiss WP 7. When Android went thru its major change....Android 1 still gets counted in the overall scheme of things. I think its also telling that in Android land...this would be called fragmentation. But for WP...somehow it isnt. What happens when WP 9 or 10 comes out....and a major change happens again. Then what? IIRC...Win Mo 6+ wasnt available for every Win Mo device. Its going on 4 years for WP as a whole. Still near the bottom with BB. In 2 years Android rose alot; (and I am counting Oct 2008 when it officially launched with a massive whimper) by mid-late 2010 it was competing with/passing the iPhone for #1...and along with the iPhone knocked Palm out the ring, put Win Mo and BB on the mat. At some point....MS is gonna have to decide whats financially better for them.

36. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

as far s smart phones go now that Windows smart phones can use all the high tech gear that are available for smart phone to have now it is time for Microsoft to do what it does best and that is make great soft wear for their products. I expect good things from Microsoft's programmer teams. I still think microsoft needs to refresh the shape of the Modern UI/AKA metro tiles. a lot of people think the MS tile UI is ugly. What microsoft needs to do is at least round off the 4 corners of their UI's tiles or better yet have the 4 sides of the MS tiles curve outward a little to give them a aero dynamic look. this may seem lie a dumb needless idea but the truth is People will not buy what looks ugly even if it has great technology like the data updating functions that the Microsoft modern UI tiles/ AKA Metro tiles have. I think that Microsoft will sell more products if they refresh their tile's design. they look too homely.
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