9 posts • joined 15 Jan 2009
Re: "This is what we stress, not that the phone has 4 CPU cores, or runs at 3GHz.”"
People might get confused and think that apps will run faster on a phone with multicores. People don't realize multicore is barely supported by any mobile OS and what is there is bloody hard for devs to implement so they don't bother
I'm hoping that at some point WinRT desktop apps will be allowed in the store.
carrot and stick
What about the license costs that MS is collects from 50% of Android makers?
This is a non issue.
Sure it's a bit annoying that something that is available now won't be updated but VS2010 Express is still free and if you are determined not to spend money the number of alternative development tools is so abundant that it really makes no difference.
The other thing is don't students get VS pro for free anyway?
"had Microsoft delivered a cloud devs could easily program for and which was genuinely different or provided something better than Amazon, then the platform would have spoken for itself."...Thats in your opinion.
I actually think MS have got a pretty good service here but the name is really confusing. MS should learn that putting the word Windows in front of something that has very little to do with Windows desktop doesn't make sense and turns people off.
I've seen them!
I've seen three people with them. Try taking public transport!
No the kindle app is not enough but the guys from MS have done a great job getting the developers of the top apps from android and ios to make WP apps. It's rumored they've even bank rolled porting some apps to WP. WP has the fastest growing app store so even if it's not Nokia developers someone is writing apps for the platform and that is all that counts at the end of the day.
Your 2nd point about royalties doesn't make much sense either because we all know that Nokia isn't paying much due to the contributions it is making by bringing Navteq maps to MS. The exact deal isn't know but it is speculated that Nokia isn't paying anything. Even if it were it's better to be pay $5 per phone and selling millions than paying nothing per phone and gradually selling none
It's a question of scale. Without the cheap phones Nokia would lose some of the cost advantage it has when producing smartphones. What Nokia needs to do more than anything is persuade its loyal users to upgrade to a Nokia Smartphone - to ween users on to more expensive and more profitable devices. If it could do that then it would be back in the game.
Web Run Time
Of course there is nothing to stop other platforms from having a widget engine to create apps. Take Nokia’s Web Run Time for example.