Paul Thurott’s Supersite is a site i’ve been following for 10 years now. It’s always been informative in his reviews and exclusives that not many other people have the privilege of knowing beforehand.
Because of his close ties to Microsoft, his views over Google and Apple can be.. very biased you could say. There’s been some articles that simply didn’t make any sense, and weren’t needed.
But this article i read earlier has restored some faith, called ‘Is Time Running Out for Windows Phone?’
I had thought that once you designed an app for Windows Phone, it could be used on a tablet version of Windows 8 or even Windows 8 Server, a la iPhone and iPad with their Universal apps.
Turns out, even though they are very similar, under the hood they are very different, and still require a separate app. And going forward with Windows Phone 8, it’s apparently going to be a redesign of how Windows Phone works to the user.
The mind boggles. It’s always one step forward, a 5 mile leap back with Microsoft.
As for Windows Phone 8, you can expect that platform to sport WinRT-based APIs similar to (but different from) those used on the desktop and server versions of Windows 8. And I write “similar” there for a reason: They aren’t actually the same. You won’t be able to create apps that run across all three platforms. Instead, Windows Phone 8 will be similar, but not identical, from a software development perspective.
I’m as concerned, in a way, with what is very clearly yet another do-over. Yes, Windows Phone 8 will retain the Windows Phone name, and yes, it will run “legacy” Windows Phone 7.x apps, those apps that were written in Silverlight or the game-centric XNA APIs. But with Silverlight and XNA both silently cancelled deep within Microsoft’s ever-reimagined corporate hulk, the move to a variation of WinRT means that Windows Phone is starting over again. That mean more work for developers who, let’s face it, haven’t really had much incentive to adopt this platform in the first place.
I’ve always highly rated Windows Phone 7, and as i used to sell Windows Mobile 6 a couple years ago, it was greatly refreshing to have an OS that not only had a great GUI, but a great foundation to build on. If they could simply market it more than the pointless adverts of Internet Explorer that reeks of desperation, i’m sure they could have a great chance in a couple of years.
Plus as a side note, i’ve installed and used Windows 8 Developer and Consumer Preview, and i’m waiting until the RTM is released to, air my opinions on that one.