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Comment too bad really (Score 1, Insightful) 288

In my work, I use iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile 10 (and before that Windows Phone 8.x). Windows felt like it made the best use of the hardware. Even a sub-$50 Windows phone ran smoother and had better battery life than a $400 Android. The Visual Studio development environment is light years ahead of Xcode, Eclipse, and Android Studio (imo of course).

But the first-mover advantage of iOS and Android was too much to overcome (yes I am ignoring Windows Mobile 6.x and earlier because that was an totally different era and was not any competition).

I guess Android won the handheld battle just like Windows won the desktop battle.
And iOS plays second fiddle to Android just like Mac OS does to Windows -- in market share at least, not necessarily profits.

Comment exaggerated FUD (Score 1) 115

Where is the evidence of any SSL/TLS certificates showing errors? Seems like total conjecture based on poor reading of this audit data request made by Microsoft.

This is AUDIT data, not the actual cert info. Read the details of the audit requirements here:

This just means that Microsoft lost the documentation showing that the Certificate Authorities had performed their annual audit. Under normal circumstances, this might mean that those certs would be invalidated but seeing as how this was just a bookkeeping problem on Microsoft's end, they obviously won't invalidate anything.

This is an embarrassment for Microsoft but nothing else.

Comment Re:This article is awful (Score 1) 154

I agree that the OS is not the problem. Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile are the smoothest and least resource intensive phone OSes I've used (and I've used iOS 3+, Android Cupcake+, Windows Mobile 6+ (ugh), Windows Phone 7/8/8.1, and Windows 10 Mobile. When a $50 off-contract Windows phone feels as fast as a $400 Android phone, you know your underlying OS has issues.

And copying iPhone tile styles is not going to make any difference as the article author states. Take an iPhone and Android user and ask them to launch a particular app on Windows 10 Mobile and they will be able to do it in a few seconds with no training. Multiple pages of icons in a grid vs one big scrolling list of icons is a non-issue. So launching the apps is not the problem, and now that Microsoft has adopted the hamburger menu, most of the apps look the same between iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile anyway.

No upgrade path from Windows Phone 7 did hurt any good will Microsoft had.

It is just a chicken and egg problem. Maybe Windows 10 universal apps will help but too soon to tell at this point.

iOS and Android are decent, so is there really a need for a 3rd mobile ecosystem? The desktop ecosystem has been essentially 1 choice for 20 years and most people get along fine with that even though there may be better options.

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