Thoughts from BUILD 2012: Microsoft promises a massive Windows Phone 8 ecosystem, eventually


  • Ron Mexico

    Still not buying

  • Dalex

    When is “eventually”? I’d like to know when I’ll “eventually” consider buying one. Why would I buy one now though? What does it offer that the other ecosystems don’t? And if I hear live tiles I will laugh.

  • Ben Stansfield

    great writing Daniel. I’ve posted previously about my issues with the style and direction articles on Mobile Syrup have been taking, and this is exactly what I’ve been hoping to read.
    Thanks, and keep it up!

    • Daniel Bader

      Thanks for the kind words!

  • Ben Stansfield

    oh, and I plan on ditching my iPhone 4 for a WP8 of some kind, though frustrated at the lack of dates, availability and pricing from Nokia, HTC or Samsung. ack.

  • daguy

    I was really hoping that WP8 was going to bring multitasking on the same level as Windows, or at least close, as well as the ability to replace applications as default handlers for any task like you can do with Windows and Android. As it stands now, if I install another browser, links are still going to launch in IE. If Google Maps comes out for the platform later, tapping addresses will still launch Bing Maps, etc.

    As it stands now, Windows Phone is ultimately just iOS with Microsoft’s cloud services instead of iCloud. It’s just as locked down and restrictive. Sure that’s probably exactly what some people are looking for, but personally I wanted to see a more polished Android.

    And in terms of apps, it’s made it even more frustrating and costly for developers. To target iOS and WP8 I need a Mac with XCode, and a Windows PC with Visual Studio. It’s seriously too expensive for the little guys. Android’s tools are all free and work on all platforms, which I’m grateful for.

  • Miknitro

    Meh wp8.

  • Bubble Snake!

    Good luck with that MS. Android @ 75% phone sales in Q3, and iOS solid too – MS/ RIM will likely never penetrate this market again. I would LOVE to see it happen, I love competition, but I’m also a realist – too late to the game with nothing that stands out enough to make people want to change.

    Oh…and I’ll stick with Win7 on my desktop PC too – Win8 is an abomination (and yes, I’ve used it a lot) – might be fine on tablets, but that’s another market you’re too late to the game to also and will have a lot of trouble penetrating.

    • Bubble Snake!

      Fast forward a month and….! Oh look, price drops across the board for Winphones because they ain’t selling, even unreleased ones having price drops. Random crashes being reported, random reboots, androidrage-turned-windowsrage tweets, etc, etc.

      FAIL OS IS FAIL. FAIL COMPANY IS FAIL. Reminds me of an old saying “You can lead a dog to bacon, but you can’t make it wear a clown costume and pretend it’s a donkey”.

  • Miguel Diazdelcastillo

    This Chicken/Egg thing is RIDICULOUS! We need consumers and developers to talk directly to each other somehow, as if to say that those who are waiting for apps from those who are waiting for customers to buy them need to get OFF THE WALL and just “ask each other out.” I swear it’s a good thing there are people who ARE willing to just go for it, or the entire species would be extinct! Back to the topic, there needs to be some kind of direct interaction perhaps, because what else is it going to take? Make. Your. Move. O___O

    • Scott

      Hey Miguel, that’s human nature. People are always going to weigh the potential benefits of changing to a new platform vs the effort to do so. Microsoft have to make it compelling enough that consumers WANT to go through the pain of changing to a new ecosystem and learning a whole new way of doing things. It was relatively easy for iphone because they were the first, but it gets progressively harder for each new entrant.

  • Swizzlerz

    got my sister convinced. shes coming over soon 😀 no more BB 😀 I also said ide figure out how to do it all for her lol…

  • Swizzlerz

    transferring wise.

  • Rich

    Lower the price so I can buy one and I’ll start developing.

  • Mast3rbug

    Im I only the one to find this OS home screen Ugly and not convivial at all? It looks like if it was designed by someone that know nothing on ergonomy… Same for windows 8.