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Windows Phone grows up

"Killer hardware" is not a phrase that's been associated with Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) fledgling Windows Phone effort in the past.  Much like Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android, Microsoft has chosen the low road try to court third-parties and differentiate itself on an interface level, rather than necessarily beat the top players hardware-wise.

I. New Features, New Apps

But much like Android evolved to sport some of the most bleeding edge hardware the industry has to offer, Windows Phone 8 represents Microsoft's own evolution; the chance for the mobile veteran to finally show off its decidedly different user interface on high-end hardware.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer describes, "[The Windows Phone 8 handsets are] new killer hardware. I would argue some of the best hardware you will find, if not the best hardware you'll find in any smartphone form factor."

While Microsoft's animated mostly two-tone "Live Tiles" interface (aka Metro UI) tended to draw strong reactions -- either admiration or disdain -- the operating system maker is offering arguably the most radical user interface in the business.  You can argue that's a good thing or a bad thing, but you can't fault Microsoft for not innovating; if anything its critics are compelled to argue it has over innovated.

Microsoft would surely disagree.

In the new operating system release Microsoft continues to push the boundary.  It now allows a mix of smaller and bigger Live Tiles.  Before the only option was to pin or unpin tiles; now you also get the option of growing small tiles to be big or shrinking big tiles to be small.

Customizable tiles in Windows Phone 8

The lock screen is now able to accept animations from apps (with permission from the user) open a world of new possibilities to Microsoft's growing legion of WinPhone app developers, who to date have produced 120,000 total apps.

Demoed examples included feeds from Group, the Picture Roll, or even Facebook, all on your lock screen.

Microsoft has also worked hard to woo high profile app developers, and announced that 46 of the top 50 titles in Android and iOS will now be on the Windows Phone.  Long missing new additions include Temple Run and The Walt Disney Comp. (DIS) hit "Where's My Water?".  At the start of 2013 Pandora Media Inc. (P) will be launching an exclusive Windows Phone app with a full year of ad-free music (Microsoft must have paid a pretty penny for that).  Skype is also built into the new operating system.

Given U.S. carriers’ shift to bandwidth-capped connections, another key Windows Phone 8 addition is Data Sense.  Microsoft brags that it compresses and decompresses its data traffic much more efficiently than its rivals Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Google.  The net result is that Windows Phone will take longer to hit their data cap and be less likely to incur overages.  The built in monitoring will also give users peace of mind that they didn't "accidentally" exceed their allotment.

Data Sense
Data Sense helps Windows Phone users survive on metered connections.
[Image Source: The Verge]

With Data Sense, the phone even automatically crawls onto Wi-Fi networks you have access to, in essence making it sort of the war-driver of the smartphone world.  Microsoft estimates that with data sense you will get 45 percent more web browsing per unit of data.

Microsoft also has a brand new children-geared app called "Kid's Corner", which allows kids to play games or apps on their parent's smartphone with parental-imposed restrictions.  Microsoft invited Jessica Alba to give her thoughts on the app.  She comments, "I love kids corner, I think it's awesome.   I love that I can curate the content.  I don't have to worry about my kid going into my social media networks or emailing my partners or anything like that.  So my daughter who is four, when she was two she got my phone and typed away and it showed up on my Twitter feed."

Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba loves Windows Phone [Image Source: The Verge]

In other words, Microsoft hopes Kid's Corner will help stop the youngsters from sending embarrassing "tweets" on your behalf.

Microsoft has tied a new feature called "Rooms" into its people hub, which is equal parts an extension Google+ Hangout and an extension of the existing Groups People hub category system.

For fans of Apple's iTunes with a closet liking for Microsoft products, Microsoft also has created an app that allows your Windows Phone to connect with your iTunes library (no Zune Media Player necessary).  This means Mac OS X computer users could use Windows Phones, an unlikely, but amusing prospect.

Microsoft has beefed up its Office apps as well.  There's superior SkyDrive syncing across the cloud of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.  And OneNote now supports speech to text notes.

Lastly, Microsoft is offering up Xbox Music in finished form.  The 30 million track catalog is available for both ad-supported (free) and ad-free ($9.99 USD per month) streaming.

II. Hot Hardware

The remaining piece of the puzzle is hardware.

With Windows Phone 8 Microsoft has pulled abreast of Android and iOS in terms of having fast, multi-core processors, large amounts of RAM, better GPUs, larger screens, etc.  The perfect example of that is HTC Corp.'s (TPE:24988X, which features a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD 2 display, Gorilla Glass 2 protective coating, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB DRAM, 16GB internal NAND Flash, LTE, and a 1,800 mAh Li-ion battery.  

The phone also sports two chips -- a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for better headphone sound quality and HTC's exclusive pictures-from-video chip technology.  Only a couple Android smartphone and the new Windows Phone will have those features; the iPhone is left behind without the ability to capture photos from video and with inferior sound quality.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
The HTC Windows Phone 8X

Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) brings some compelling features of its own with its PureView optical image stabilization -- a smartphone industry first.  Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KSC:005930) Windows Phone also made a brief appearance, although it looked a bit anemic, compared to its high-end brethren.  Ballmer praised its strengths primarily by saying that it was "unbelievably thin, incredibly light" -- the handset is arguably less compelling than the actual additional hardware muscle offered by Nokia and HTC.

III. Now on Three of the Top Four U.S. Carriers

The other big news is that, as rumored, Verizon Communications -- the joint subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD) -- is diving into Windows Phone.  It will be the exclusive carrier, for now, to carry the Samsung Ativ in the U.S.  The Ativ will launch on Big Red, the largest U.S. network, in December.

AT&T, Inc. (T) -- the initial U.S. adopter of Windows Phone -- is rewarded with the high-end Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X, arguably the most compelling launch Windows Phone 8 handsets.

T-Mobile USA, the fourth place American carrier and subsidiary of German telecommunications giant Deustsche Telecom AG (ETR:DTE) is finally getting in on the Windows Phone action, as well, as announced.  It will be getting the powerful HTC 8X, in addition to the budget-minded Nokia Lumia 822.  Thanks to its recent merger with MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (PCS) T-Mobile could be the carrier to beat for customers who want an 8X.

Verizon LTE
Windows Phone is finally coming to Verizon's high-speed LTE network.
[Image Source: Android Spin]

That leaves floundering Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), as the odd man out; the only major U.S. carrier not to adopt Windows Phone.  Sprint has increasingly turned its back on Windows Phone, and -- to an extent -- Android.  It is today pinning most of its sales hopes on Apple; on the prospect of luring in iPhone 5 customers to its "unlimited" data plan.  Sprint recently took out a $7B USD loan to fund a lump sum payment to Apple to convince it to let it carry the iPhone

Windows Phone 8, like Windows 8, will certainly endure its fair share of criticism.  But it deserves credit for not shying away from pushing the bounds of user interfaces.  And its moves to finally reach parity on certain popular apps, high end hardware, and carrier selection make it much more of a real competitor to Android and Apple, the current kings of the market.

Expect big things from Windows Phone 8.

Sources: Microsoft, The Verge

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LIke Windows 8--Would like to try W8 phone
By randygrenier on 10/29/2012 5:05:35 PM , Rating: 5
I installed Windows 8 on my ASUS ultrabook. Doesn't have a touch screen, but I'm seeing the light. It makes headway into a new way of doing things while giving you an umbilical chord to Windows 7. After a little time with it, it's not only a new way but maybe a better way. The new stuff will grow.

Consequently, I'd like to try Windows 8 phone. Like millions, I'm on a contract, and that will be a while. Android is useful, but I will give Windows a try when it's time.

One more thing, for me it's not about toys--it's about function. That's what makes MS so much better than Apple.

RE: LIke Windows 8--Would like to try W8 phone
By Florinator on 10/29/2012 5:30:37 PM , Rating: 4
One of my co-workers is a hardcore gamer and he installed Windows 8 on one of his PC's the day after it came out. He was surprised to notice that his games run faster and at a higher frame rate. He also thinks the rendering libraries were improved to produce crisper images and the games feel a lot more fluid.

These are improvements that are actually noticeable with human senses, which, to me, shows that they are non-trivial.

RE: LIke Windows 8--Would like to try W8 phone
By Smilin on 10/29/2012 6:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
Dang, wish I had benchmarked some stuff before the ugprade. My hope in the upgrade was "everything continues to run" (it does) and runs fast enough I don't notice (I don't).

Borderlands does seem to run faster but that's really subjective as I never benched it.

Whole ugprade took 30min. Not a single problem. Multimon (I run 3x) rocks now but I think they picked a goofy default for it.. show everything on all taskbars. I hit the dropdown to just show whats running on a given monitor on it's taskbar.

I digress. ...some more... I'm getting a f'n Surface next!

RE: LIke Windows 8--Would like to try W8 phone
By ShaolinSoccer on 10/30/2012 12:30:00 AM , Rating: 3
By FITCamaro on 10/30/2012 8:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
Looks pretty much even. Not to say that's bad though.

Yesterday two big Mac lovers at work who've used Windows came over to say they installed Windows 8 with Boot Camp on their Macbook Pros (like I have with Windows 7) and love it.

By someguy123 on 10/30/2012 9:52:09 PM , Rating: 3
That's surprising. I expected pretty much nothing considering those games aren't made for DX11 and microsoft has only claimed to really improve the CPU scheduler. Looks like around 5% boost in framerate from just switching to w8 in most games. Not worth buying an OS over but not bad at all.

By Florinator on 10/30/2012 12:05:42 PM , Rating: 3
That's the spirit!

We got two f'in Surfaces (one for me, one for my wife) and they are f'in great! We love 'em :-)

I already upgraded my laptop to Windows 8 Pro and my wife is asking for it too.

And my 3 year old is constantly on my back: "dada, I wanna play you Suhhfass".

RE: LIke Windows 8--Would like to try W8 phone
By SKiddywinks on 10/29/2012 7:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'd love to see his specs and scientific method for that comparison, because generally speaking I have only seen equal to lesser performance across everything I have read about W7 and W8 comparisons. At least when it comes to games.

I would post a link, but see that some others have been removed so instead just suggest you check out bit-tech's article. It's only one of the latest few so should still be on the front page.

By inighthawki on 10/29/2012 9:24:39 PM , Rating: 3
The real problem is that the benchmarks that exist today on websites are incredibly skewed because they're all using the equivalent of beta drivers. I would be more interested in seeing the difference between 7 and 8 in say, 6 months. Then we'll know if there's really much of an improvement or not.

RE: LIke Windows 8--Would like to try W8 phone
By Beavermatic on 10/30/2012 8:23:14 AM , Rating: 3
Here's a nifty trick noone really knows... your start button list isn't gone from Windows 8. You have to rigght click on the start button itself.

Left-click takes you to the tile start screen, right click gives you a windows 7/xp-like list of all the old options from the start menu

Move your mouse to the bottom left on the screen and hover over the start box that appears, and right-click.

see? now that wasn't so bad, was it?


By NellyFromMA on 10/30/2012 2:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. I'm trying that when I get home, could be useful

RE: LIke Windows 8--Would like to try W8 phone
By Argon18 on 10/30/12, Rating: 0
By NellyFromMA on 10/30/2012 3:02:47 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft has enabled functionality for the vast majority of businesses to even provide you anything even close to tech or internet based solutions or services.

Microsoft has practically defined function for the passed 20 years without any substantial challenger and those that do pose a challenge do so on the consumer level, not business.

So, how is Microsoft NOT about function?

"Killer" should definitely be in quotes
By nafhan on 10/29/2012 4:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
Generally, I would consider "killer" hardware to be that which leapfrogs (or "kills") the competition. Considering that this update merely brings the hardware up to par with handsets released about 6 months ago, phrases like "up to date" would probably be more appropriate. Maybe that's why killer is in quotes?

RE: "Killer" should definitely be in quotes
By Mitch101 on 10/29/2012 5:05:23 PM , Rating: 5
I would consider the Video/Camera in the Nokia 920 to be a killer over and above any other video/camera of any device out there and right now exclusive to Windows Phone. The low light and image stabilization of the Nokia 920 is incredible.

The rest is on par with anything Android has to offer.

If Windows Phone is smooth as heck on 800mhz single core processors its got to be even more so on Dual Core and future quads as well.

12 of Gameloft’s Best Coming to Windows Phone 8(Complete Video/Info Guide)
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NFC sharing between Windows Phone 8 and Android
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The Development kit will be released tommorow the cool part is you can port games written for the PC/XBox over to the Phone easily.

By Master Kenobi on 10/29/2012 5:41:24 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft has always been smart about making platforms easy as hell to write software for, and to port between. Which is why I laugh anytime someone tells me it is harder to write software for Microsoft platforms than it is for iOS or Linux. There is a reason Microsoft owns the top software platform on the planet for so long, it is cake to develop on and support your products on. XBOX360 (I don't own one) is another platform they have seen much success with, largely because you can develop for it quite easily. Sony got burned for that development trouble early on in the PS3 lifecycle, but I think it has finally been ironed out.

RE: "Killer" should definitely be in quotes
By FITCamaro on 10/30/2012 8:38:38 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah I played with a Windows 7.5 Nokia phone and it was smooth as heck. I'm seriously considering a Windows 8 phone for my next cell phone. I have a few more months before I can upgrade but then I'll look at what's out there and decide. The Nokia 920 will be a serious contender.

By Pirks on 10/30/2012 8:03:47 PM , Rating: 2
Please make sure you check out ATIV S as well, seems to be a super wonderful phone, I'm loving it, the screen is killa! Especially for web, games and video.

RE: "Killer" should definitely be in quotes
By nafhan on 10/30/2012 10:33:29 AM , Rating: 2
I agree in regards to the camera on the 920. That's very cool. However, that's one phone, not Windows Phone in general.

With smoothness, if it's not actually keeping me from doing something, it's smooth enough, and I'm probably not going to notice improvements beyond that. This is apparently VERY important to some people, though. I get that.

As far as the games: my guess is that this will not be true for the general case of Windows games. There will almost certainly be some specific restrictions on what can ported "easily". We'll see, though.

RE: "Killer" should definitely be in quotes
By Mitch101 on 10/30/2012 12:07:00 PM , Rating: 3
Windows Phone 8 to be a gamer's delight

it will use a native game development platform that is based on DirectX and it will share a common core with Windows 8 operating system for PC. That means your apps and games intended for Windows Phone 8 will work on Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, which will help bring seamless integration and convergence. Because of this, developers will have an easier job as they will not have to write and rewrite code, making it easy for PC games to be ported over to Windows Phones.

Middleware partners, such as Havok Technology and Autodesk will support Windows Phone 8. Havok’s Andrew Bowell also mentioned that Windows Phone 8 games developed using Havok’s Technology Suite will have immersive and real 3D worlds with highly realistic characters and cinematic visuals. There will be full C and C++ support, making it easier for developers to write apps more quickly. The gaming middleware that will be supported is Havok Vision Engine, Autodesk Scaleform, Audiokinetic Wwise, and Firelight FMOD, as well as native DirectX-based game development. In-app payments are also going to be a part of the ecosystem and companies will be able to create their own hubs and apps.

From last to first–HTC 8X beats out iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S 3 in SunSpider JavaScript test

12 of Gameloft’s Best Coming to Windows Phone 8(Complete Video/Info Guide)

By nafhan on 10/30/2012 4:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. The porting will be effortless for touch screen games that are developed with the specific technologies you described below. This may be a big advantage for developers creating games NOW as it'll be easier to target Windows 8, RT, and Phone without doing a lot of custom stuff for each platform. It'll be significantly less helpful for porting existing games. It also kind of sounds like the games will need to target the lowest common denominator (WP8) for the porting to be truly effortless.

Anyway, it is good that MS is putting some money into game development for Windows Phone, though. I felt like they really dropped the ball in that area last time around with WP7, which is bizarre considering how much they are otherwise invested in gaming. So, good for them.

And... it's a little faster in a single benchmark. It was also a little slower in some other benchmarks. This shows that the hardware and software are competitive in performance with what's out there now (and/or 5 months ago). That's a big improvement over the situation with WP7, but not a differentiator.

The experts have talk
By max_payne on 10/29/2012 5:01:18 PM , Rating: 5
"Jessica Alba loves Windows Phone" that's it, right there. That must be a hell of a phone. I'm throwing out my Samsung S3 right now. Nothing more need to be said !

RE: The experts have talk
By jimbojimbo on 10/29/2012 5:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
Remember though that if you had some skinny guy with glasses and sniffles up on stage that was a genius do you think the average consumer would be excited about it?

RE: The experts have talk
By MrFord on 10/30/2012 5:35:23 PM , Rating: 2
They sure did when that guy was Steve Job

RE: The experts have talk
By FITCamaro on 10/30/2012 8:39:47 AM , Rating: 1
Honestly I'd be less inclined to get a phone that a stump like her would endorse. An attractive stump but a stump no less.

RE: The experts have talk
By bill.rookard on 10/30/2012 12:05:07 PM , Rating: 2
Well, now if only her kid would have tweeted a picture of her boobs by accident. That's something I could get behind.

Been Looking Forward to WP8, But...
By Kyuu on 10/29/2012 7:01:06 PM , Rating: 1
MS failed to mention three really important things for a launch event:

1) Pricing and availability.

2) Pricing and availability.

3) Pricing and effing availability.

Really been looking forward to WP8 and the Lumia 920, but I'm getting real close to saying "eff it" and going for a Note 2 instead simply because I don't know when I can actually get my hands on this shit. That, and the Note 2 is awesome.

By Pirks on 10/29/2012 9:10:20 PM , Rating: 2
And I'm likely to switch back from my Note 1 to ATIV S with WP8, since the software must be much better smoothness and stability wise, judging by my previous WP7 experience. WP8 now seems to be the proper iPhone alternative, not Android.

RE: Been Looking Forward to WP8, But...
By Spivonious on 10/30/2012 10:35:57 AM , Rating: 3
Not true. They announced both. I'm not sure why DT didnt' include it.

Most phones out this weekend, with others coming later in November. Pricing ranges from $49-$149 with a contract.

RE: Been Looking Forward to WP8, But...
By Kyuu on 10/30/2012 11:27:52 AM , Rating: 2
Really? All I saw from the event was a vague, sometime-in-November date, nothing about this weekend, and I didn't see any mention of pricing (although we kind of already know a general price range).

By Icopoli on 10/29/12, Rating: 0
RE: So...
By cmdrdredd on 10/29/2012 5:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
No...your GS3 has 2GB of memory, this only has 1GB Otherwise similar.

I am very excited for some more competition in the mobile phone space. Might get Google to put some pressure on the carriers to quit stalling with updates.

RE: So...
By cmdrdredd on 10/29/2012 5:51:57 PM , Rating: 2
Also I really like the WP8 and would love to get a top tier quad core phone running WP8 which at first read seems to be setup to be much more stable than Android. Locked down yes, but even though I root my Android device it's only due to the instability and clunky-ness of the stock software. With custom roms it actually becomes stable, smoother, and more usable.

With WP8 I don't think I would need a custom launcher anymore. I look forward to trying one out in the store.

RE: So...
By RufusM on 10/30/2012 11:18:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm right with you. Good to see another top tier competitor in this space to keep pushing everyone forward. I'm going to upgrade my phone sometime next summer and I'm looking forward to the next revisions. I'm still hoping to see a Nexus phone with the full package: screen, CPU, camera, battery life, storage, etc.

The LG Nexus 4 is the closest to date, but lack of a 32GB option (or SD card option) kills it for me. When 32GB of storage is so cheap nowadays and we have phones capable of displaying 720p video, they should at least have it as as option. Data caps are all over the place making mobile data expensive. 8GB is laughable, 16GB makes me chuckle a little.

If Jessica Alba likes it I'm in
By jimbojimbo on 10/29/2012 5:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't it looks like she's digitally imaged into that photo as if she's dissolving away towards the bottom? Strange effect that dress has.

By Florinator on 10/29/2012 5:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's the new "Jessica Alba holographic projection" feature in Windows 8! ;-)

no thanks
By Argon18 on 10/30/2012 2:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
A turd OS on "killer hardware" is still a turd product. People don't want Windows on their phones. Windows Mobile OS has been around for more than a decade, and still nobody wants it. Polishing the turd and giving it bright colors doesn't change that.

RE: no thanks
By Pirks on 10/30/2012 8:15:31 PM , Rating: 2
Keep sucking on your sad little penguin, we are enjoying the show

Windows Phone.... In the UK
By Aloonatic on 10/30/2012 3:50:40 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe it's just in the UK, but I've actually wanted a Windows Phone for quite a while but whenever it's been contract renewal time no-one seems to want to sell me one.

Hopefully by the time my next contract is due (end of March 2013) there will be a Windows Phone that I can actually switch too.

Please MS, put some effort into making your phones available everywhere.

By EasyC on 10/30/2012 9:37:53 AM , Rating: 2
Which is why they currently have one of the fastest Android handsets... the EVO 4G LTE. It even benchmarks considerably higher than the coveted GS3 while having awesome battery life. They also have the GS3 and Galaxy Nexus... how did you come to this conclusion that they're "turning their backs" on Android?

I am a bit sad to see WP8 being shunned right now. I'm sure it's not permanent, however.

Jason the WP fan boi
By Denigrate on 10/29/12, Rating: -1
RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Nortel on 10/29/2012 4:42:40 PM , Rating: 4
"Expect big things from Windows Phone 8."


RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Nortel on 10/29/12, Rating: -1
RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By LordSojar on 10/29/2012 4:43:39 PM , Rating: 5
You're just sad that Windows Phone 8 is actually innovative, is the best performing mobile OS of them all, and will actually give Apple a run for their money.

Hard not to be excited about competition in the mobile space bud... since it benefits us all. But, keep up that arrogant attitude; eventually, everyone will just be "fanboi of INSERTCOMPANYHERE" to you, and we'll just all be happy on our great phones while you're miserable on your piece of iJunk that hasn't innovated anything software side since 2007.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Samus on 10/29/2012 11:25:46 PM , Rating: 3
In Jason (and DailyTech's defense) WP8 news has been at the top of Engadget and TechCrunch's page all this editorial isn't 'favoritism' in the least.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Denigrate on 10/30/2012 12:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
actually, Jason's been a fanboi since WP7 came out, despite WP7 not being all that great, and I have a WP7 phone.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Mitch101 on 10/29/2012 4:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
Because everyone who actually likes Windows Phone is paid.

Guess there are a lot of people getting paid to Like the X-Box 360 too.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By nafhan on 10/29/2012 4:54:59 PM , Rating: 2
I like the Xbox... so, if you find out who's doing the paying, please let me know! :)

I would also recommend checking out MS's new "project glass" app on Android. Controlling the Xbox from your phone is pretty sweet.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Mitch101 on 10/29/2012 5:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Sure its the same people that if you forward the Microsoft e-mail beta message to all your friends you'll get a check in the mail from Microsoft. I cant believe people fall for that.

Yes I got the update on my WP7. Its cool that Microsoft didn't make the x-box items proprietary to their tablet and phones. Yet that wont stop the hate towards Microsoft.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By B3an on 10/29/2012 5:11:33 PM , Rating: 2
You mean SmartGlass. I use it on Win 8.

Project Glass is another Google project that will likely take years to get anywhere, and when it is finally released it will still feel like a beta product.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By nafhan on 10/30/2012 10:37:13 AM , Rating: 2
Ha! Yes. I got the name wrong. Cool product, though.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Reclaimer77 on 10/29/12, Rating: 0
RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By V-Money on 10/29/2012 6:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
Because everyone who actually likes Windows Phone is paid. Guess there are a lot of people getting paid to Like the X-Box 360 too.

Not sure where you are going with this. I loved the Zune, still love it to this day, yet I prefer Android handsets over windows phones. Its not that there is anything wrong with it really, its a decent OS, but I still prefer my JB experience overall.

More article related though I am glad that Microsoft is keeping the music service going. I still have the classic zunepass where I can keep 10 songs a month for 15 bucks a month.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By djdjohnson on 10/30/2012 1:24:57 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately it doesn't pay as much as trolling.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By GulWestfale on 10/29/12, Rating: 0
RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Pirks on 10/29/12, Rating: 0
RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By Schadenfroh on 10/29/2012 6:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
Blackberry bashing > Windows Phone pimping

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By FITCamaro on 10/29/2012 7:08:43 PM , Rating: 1
You're an idiot if you think Jason is a Windows Phone fanboy.

RE: Jason the WP fan boi
By damianrobertjones on 10/29/2012 7:40:05 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe it's actually good! I read pages and pages of utter bollox before Windows RT was released and now that it's here, plus good, suddenly all the negative comments stop.

Just... Stop. Grow up.

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