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Microsoft Not Sitting Still with Win 8, May Intro Surface Phone
Microsoft Not Sitting Still with Win 8, May Intro Surface Phone

By Barry Levine
November 28, 2012 10:30AM

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Windows 8 has been built around touch-based computing, which has been slow to come to laptops and desktops but has become common in mobile devices. While Windows 8 has been getting mixed reviews at best, the company's Surface tablet, either using Windows 8 or Windows RT for ARM-based tablets, has been getting a more positive reception.
 



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Foxconn International Holdings has reportedly received orders from Microsoft for handsets that will be released in mid-2013 and will bear the Surface brand. Foxconn, which also makes Apple's iPhone, has denied the report. Among other things, this direct entry by Microsoft could conflict with Microsoft's smartphone alliance with Nokia.

Interestingly, the same reports indicate that Foxconn is also making handsets for another supposed major entrant into the smartphone sweepstakes -- Amazon, which assumedly would use the Android platform.

Middle-Aged Guys

Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, said that it was "way too early to issue a warning about Windows 8, let alone claim a death knell." He said it was as unrealistic to compare Windows 8 to its predecessors' receptions, as it is to "compare a group of middle-aged guys playing football" to their younger selves.

King pointed to research from Intel showing that a touch-enabled interface was the highest rated feature desired by business users and consumers. He said that coming PCs based on Intel's Ivy Bridge processors will offer speech recognition and gesture parsing that will be "better adapted to Windows 8's capabilities," as the hardware catches up with the OS.

He also noted that Microsoft was "very badly burned by the actions of some of its OEM partners" with Vista, in that some manufacturers said their machines were Vista-capable even though they weren't, and this could be a driver behind Microsoft's interest, if there is one, in making and releasing its own smartphone that can display Windows Phone 8 as it should be.

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Timmy:

Posted: 2012-12-03 @ 3:45pm PT
Windows 8 will fail to gain traction until Intel puts out a mobile CPU that is competitive with ARM. If it takes too long, then perhaps a Surface with ARM (Windows RT) is the future, but this will take much longer than what customers need RIGHT NOW.

Linkuis:

Posted: 2012-11-29 @ 3:00pm PT
Another, IFollow zombie Apple blind guy...

shander22:

Posted: 2012-11-28 @ 1:27pm PT
The windows 8 phone was absolutely unusable for me. I bought and returned it over the last 6 days. I had used the apple 3g for 3 years and longed to get away from the intrusive vertical nature of apple.. but at least it worked. Switched to the android yesterday. So far so good.

First and foremost the win8 phone doesn't have a forward button so you will lose where you were if you want to take a quick look back before continuing.

You couldn't navigate a YouTube video to an exact spot along the time bar in case you wanted to re-listen or go to a specific spot people mention in comments.

You are stuck with Bing and Bing will come up while using many aps.

You cannot switch to another browser other than explorer which means no spell-check until they feel like getting around to giving it to.

You CAN'T even USE Outlook directly, Microsoft’s very own program that you can easily interface with using the iPhone. You must link an email account contact list, put your contacts up there, then download them...

You don't really have easy control of what is open and what isn't. You can't open a blank browser window or entirely close the window player or camera until it seems to feel like it, at least not in any way I discovered easily. Yes they would sometimes close but I couldn't figure out how to pick and choose easily what to close.

.. and no forward delete button.



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