Originally Posted by Cornelius
Having worked before within Microsoft's spin machine ... I'm not relieved at all, and here's why:
- There's no other bellweather apps on the horizon but "SotS". Seriously, the only apps coming to WP8 (and even Win8-specific) are those where MS freely tosses money at them to simply get included in a release, much less platform-exclusivity. The debut of "Wordament" and "Tentacles" on iOS is proof that the Interactive Entertainment Business division needs legitimate sales.
- The ecosystem is saturated with developers not making profit off a skant 2% of all mobile device users. With Windows Phone breathing neck & neck against Symbian flip phones & old dinosaur Blackberries, there's little to no incentive for retailers to stock or push the limited selection of phones. Even at my local T-Mobile store, there's an island in the middle of the store with 8 Android devices, while WP8 is on 2 devices, and 1 of those (the Nokia Lumia 810) is a model from early 2012. Which calls out point #3:
- All the WP7.5 owners are getting royally burned with no upgrade path for 1-2 years (due to 2yr contracts with their cell providers). I dropped my HTC Radar 4G on the ground 3 days ago, and frankly, I barely miss it. I don't miss a phone incapable of handling 2 Hotmail accounts (without the phone being confused about which calendar to display). I don't miss having to remember app-names, in order to find them alphabetically. I don't miss apps having permission to run in the background regardless if you disable them or not, nor do I miss apps having access to all my phone's data, contacts, location, photos, and call logs when all I wanted to do was download & try it. And last, I don't miss running a dinosaur OS that was still "new & barely supported" last April, but already sunsetted in October.
Think how all those WP6.5 and WP7 phone owners feel with no apps to run, but still stuck on their "old" device. Now explain to me how they'd purchase a WP8 phone with no remorse, and meanwhile, all their Apple/Android friends enjoy free & discounted USEFUL apps ALL THE TIME
MS has already shown they're 100% reliant upon new devices, and that means they're quite happy to start from 0% market share with each & every WinPhone OS release.
So I just threw 7.8 on my Lumia 900 (the AT&T variants just recently showed up on Nokia's servers). In addition, I've recently upgraded two lines on my account to iPhone 5's.
There are some things that annoy me as well about WP, first and foremost the ongoing issue of not being able to rename MS account emails. I've been wanting to do this since google announced phasing out Exchange push on gmail. I REALLY wanted to do it at the same time as the 7.8 update so I would only have to hard reset once.
I'm not terribly bullish about the platform's market share going forward either.
But I just have to say this: coming from previous Android experience, and setting up and supporting iPhones for the rest of the family, I would still absolutely choose WP for my personal phone. WP 7.5 and 7.8 are still _vastly_ superior usability wise for, you know, actually productive smartphone scenarios. I of course am referring to the killer "apps" of Phone, SMS, calendar, and E-mail. Your dual hotmail issue sounds very annoying but also more than a little niche.
As for Apps... all I can say is the entire App zeitgeist of the post-iphone era is mostly a load of utter crap. The app junkies would have you believe that four or five apps on their preferred platform have somehow substantially improved their quality of life and/or productivity to the point that even thinking of their life before 2006 would drive them to drink. Usually, they are also missing one or two from their previous platform the way someone maimed in an industrial accident misses a limb.
WP7 is now _deprecated_. Some people are clearly more upset/impacted by this than others. But if you want to see a "dinosaur" OS, pick up an iphone. Better yet, pick up 90% of the android devices out there and once you have reoriented yourself to the OEM UI, prepare to ride the wayback machine.
On a side note, anyone who bought a WP7 device last Spring on contract with most US carriers, is actually due for an upgrade in Dec/Jan. So eleven months of living with the "hell" of WP7.