John Marshall: “Existing WP7 apps will be recompiled to work under Metro, but nothing has been said whether this is a one time event or the developers will have the oppurtunity to continue to modify the WP7 code.”
Wow. That’s all I can say. Nokia bet the farm on Windows Phone 7, released the Lumia 900, and Microsoft does this?
Man, good thing they’re friends.
Skatter Tech [hat tip James Robertson]: ‘I excitedly thought I won out of pure luck. However, I was quickly told that I lost. I asked for a reason and was told Windows Phone won because â€œit displays the weather right there.â€ That was rather unclear. I showed her my device which also was showing off the same information with two side-by-side weather widgets on the center home screen. After pressing for a better reason, I was told that Windows Phone won â€œjust because.â€’
Way to go guys. Don’t be a sore loser, especially if you’re going to stack the deck in your favor. That would be like saying take a picture in Instagram and upload the results to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Oh, wait, what? Windows Phone doesn’t have an Instagram app? Oh, I guess you lose.
Asymco: “Windows Phone is in limbo. The company acknowledged that it has performed below expectations. During the last quarter for which we have data (ending June) I have an estimate that Windows Phone sold only 1.4 million units (Gartnerâ€™s sell-through analysis suggests 1.7 million). That gives Microsoft a 1.3% share of units sold (Gartner 1.6%), a new low.”
1.4 to 1.7 million units in a quarter. Compare that to 1 million iPhone’s in a day.
It’s too bad, really, the Windows Phone OS is pretty darned nice and Microsoft has shortened release times, which is super nice.
Hopefully they don’t give up, it’s good for all the smartphone makers to be pushed by each other.
The Register: “Redmond told its workers (the official headcount comes in around 87,000 people worldwide) that each and every last one of ’em would soon be fondling their very own Windows 7 phone, which is set to officially launch in October.”
Man, what kind of message is that to the KIN team? “Yeah, we don’t care about that silly little phone you just finished.”
I wonder how many ‘Softies will continue to use their iPhone and Droid based phones?
Info World: “No caveats now: Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It’s a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it’s out of the mobile game for good. It is supposed to ship around Christmas 2010, but anyone who gets one will prefer a lump of coal. I really mean that.”
If it has any remnants of the old Windows Mobile UI, or KIN for that matter, it’s a non starter. Hopefully it’s not too KIN like, allows third-party apps, and has an app store for developers day one. That will at least give it a chance.