March 19, 2013

No water on moon? Blame Microsoft!!!

I had to write this post because many of my friends got influenced by some posts on some of the tech sites.

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These days, media has decided to blame Microsoft for everything. Without thinking about the reason or the meaning of the statement made by someone. Media just makes it public in wrong way.

It is since ages. You got the blue screen? blame it on Microsoft. But, you’ll never understand that this blue screen can appear because of many reasons – incorrectly written driver, unsigned drivers, malfunctioning software. But nobody blame those developers, but Microsoft. For more details, visit this link: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/security/3435503/non-microsoft-security-flaws-the-ones-to-watch-secunia-analysis-finds/

As my friend Raj once told me, there were (and still valid now) rules about how to write apps for Windows. Where developers should put their setting/app files? Where developers should store roaming data and local data? And many more are there. People developed apps without following it. And media blamed Microsoft. So, here comes METRO Windows Store / Windows Phone App Development Guidelines. Follow it or leave it.

Recently, many sites posted about support for Windows Phone devices ending in 2014. Crap!!!

I’m going to highlight some of the comments from The Verge. You can find these comments here: http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/18/4118326/windows-phone-8-support-until-july-2014 

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One post over there marks my current situation. I bought my Mozart in/around Dec’ 10. It still receives update. Rather, just yesterday I received one.

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And one guy’s comment over here:

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Unfortunately, these devices (7.0) can’t be upgraded to 8.0 because of kernel level changes. I can understand this one. But that is not valid for 8.0 device upgrades. I don’t see Microsoft will again ‘reimagine’ Windows Phone 8.0.

For sure: Microsoft can make things much more clear if they put right marketing around Windows Phone and make statements which are highly clear that nobody can take any other meaning from it.

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And the last one, from The Verge itself: http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/27/3808858/htc-hd2-running-windows-RT 

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Just have a guess about HTC HD2 specs, release date and dates for support end.

I think, that’s it. Rather than discussing on the support lifecycle, I would have loved if the discussion was around features and apps that are required on Windows Phone. 

By the way, Microsoft has the best support lifecycle than any other vendor over here. Imagine devices built for Windows XP Tablet Edition (Toshiba Tablet) running Windows 7 very smoothly.

-- JUST MY THOUGHTS…

Namaste

Mayur Tendulkar | www.mayurtendulkar.com

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