Windows Phone 8 Users Get In-App Purchases, Legacy Users Get Left Out
August 7, 2012 2:40 PM
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By tying NFC and in-app purchases together, Microsoft killed support for legacy devices
Microsoft Corp.'s (
Windows Phone 8
is fast incoming and promises to deliver more substance behind the company's already
slick Metro graphical user interface
. But a key storyline has been the controversy surrounding Microsoft's decision to leave legacy device users out in the cold with no upgrade path to Windows Phone 8. Instead, they get a partial update -- Windows Phone 7.8.
After Microsoft made that clear, much discussion has focused on which features will and won't be included in Windows Phone 7.8.
from the Windows Phone Developer Center on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), which indicate that Windows Phone 7.8 users will
get in-app purchases.
Microsoft chose to launch Windows Phone from the ground up. As a result, certain commonplace features like
cut and paste
were mysteriously absent at launch. Many of those missing features were included in a series of updates -- the biggest of which was
Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango"
But Mango apps still lacked in-app purchases, an essential feature for Android and iOS developers.
Rather than go for half-hearted
near-field-communications (NFC) wireless payments
and in-app payments, Microsoft decided to make a brand-new shiny "Wallet" hub for Windows Phone 8, which securely stores users' credit cards and allows a common payment API.
In-app purchases are only for Windows Phone 8, not WinPhone 7.8. [Image Source: The Verge]
The bad news is that by tying NFC and in-app payments together, Microsoft essentially nixed in-app payments for legacy devices, which lack NFC. It's still possible that the feature might creep into Windows Phone 7.8, but for now MSDN says that in-app payments will
only be available for Windows Phone 8
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8/8/2012 7:10:08 AM
There is a shitload of Android calendars in the Play Store which have good Outlook integration. Hell, even the original Google Calendar does this just fine.
Lots of colleagues have the SGS2, and somehow everybody manages to sync with Outlook, except of you of course.
For Sharepoint access, there are also lots of Apps (haven't tried this, though).
Also, since yesterday I'm running stock Android 4.1 on my SGS2 (Supernexus Rom).
For phone calls in my car, I can even use rSAP with an rSAP App. Just try to do this with WP7 or iOS.
Perhaps you are too dense to recognize this, but Android is not a closed system. Nobody forces you to use the Samsung Apps like the calendar or Touchwiz if you don't like it.
When buying an Android phone, it's not like buying a WP or an iOS phone.
It's more like buying a Windows Notebook: You can use the OS with the bloatware it ships with if you want to, but you are free to replace all Apps with others and even install any OS in case you don't.
8/8/2012 1:13:09 PM
I could live without sharepoint/portals, but not outlook integration. The stock email app is beyond useless as it crashed 3-5 times a day and sometimes erased all emails on the my GS2. There are no good email apps for Android. I looked. k9 or other crap are beyond horrid. You can't even set them up correctly with outlook as it wont take your account settings even with the correct server information.
Why would I be bothered with looking for apps for something that is accessed from the web? I'm tired of making my GS2 work as it should out the gate. I need to get new calendars and other apps that should be stock? I also never said anything about calanders in my previous post. Good to here that the GS2 can't do that either correctly. WOW!
8/9/2012 4:52:59 AM
As I already have stated, I have lots of colleagues who use their SGS2 to sync with Outlook, and I have never heard a complaint from them.
You remind me of a friend who used to have an iPhone. After he saw my SGS2, he also bought one when his contract ran out.
Back then he told me the iPhone is too restricted for him. Now he tells me his SGS2 is too complicated for him.
Some people are never satisfied, I guess. They always complain and do not understand that some advantages also mean some disadvantages.
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