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By tying NFC and in-app purchases together, Microsoft killed support for legacy devices

Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) 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.  The Verge has dug up details from the Windows Phone Developer Center on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), which indicate that Windows Phone 7.8 users will not 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.

Windows Phone 8
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.


Sources: MSDN, The Verge



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RE: *wah*
By sigmatau on 8/8/2012 1:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
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!


RE: *wah*
By BabelHuber on 8/9/2012 4:52:59 AM , Rating: 2
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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