I’m typing this out on my Surface RT. Not my Surface Pro 2. We all know how I fell about windows 10 as it stands right now. My Surface RT has been my on the go work horse. No matter how much it has been lambasted by the press or the short comings of its app store, I’ve absolutely loved it. But then again, I am the patron saint of lost causes. I love this tablet about as much as I loved my Lumia 900. Which got it EOL notice before it could get dirty or scratched. I got that as a replacement for my HTC HD2. As you know my Microsoft fandom started with the Zune devices. My last one being a Zune HD 32 GB in black. I think an iPod touch released the same year has seem more updates than the Zune HD ever did. The Zune desktop software is now defunct. I still use it for streaming podcast and music. It looks a lot better on a large screen TV than XBox music. Especially at parties. Know what all these things have in common? I loved them so Microsoft HAD to kill them.
We live in a time where nothing can stand on its own. We only care about speeds and feeds as Steve Jobs once called it. Be #1, a very close #2 or fail fast. The Surface RT devices didn’t set the world on fire nut they weren’t spectacular failure either. Any device maker that made a Windows RT didn’t sell nearly as many as the Surface RT. Many bowed out before Microsoft released the sequel to it. Now it seems that Microsoft is giving up on the RT models. No mini! No slated surface 3 on its way. Another EOL! The title of this piece is called “An epically DUMB idea”. The DUMB idea wasn’t me buying any of these devices. The dumb idea is Microsoft killing the Surface RT and half assing an update for the people who bought the Surface on good faith that Microsoft would continue to treat it as the premium device it was sold as.
Killing off Surface RT:
The problem with Surface RT and Windows RT as a whole is the app gap. When people get something with the windows name they think about the 5 million programs available to it. Not less than 200,000 apps you’re limited to acquiring through the app store. This will be moot if the windows phone & windows app store are really going to merge. Having the desktop available while handy for using office was more of a tease. But killing off the Surface RT isn’t going to fix anything either. You may have read the complaining about there not being a new, high end Lumia on the horizon from everyone? When my Surface RT breaks, what do I replace it with? I want a tablet with a display that’s about 10 inches. I want about 10 hrs. of battery life. You’re probably saying to yourself “Quit you’re bitching and get a Surface Pro 3”.Wait for it. I don’t want to pay more than around $500 for a 32 GB model. Without a Surface RT option I’m forced to pick 2 of those 3. And so are a lot of people. You know what those people are going to get? An iPad! Microsoft has effectively given up on making its own affordable tablets. The Surface Pro 3 is too expensive and heavy to compete against the iPad. Hence why it’s always advertised against the MacBook Air and MacBook pro.
Not really updating the Surface RT:
With my Lumia 900 I could understand why it wasn’t going to see windows phone 8. It was a kernel switch from 7.5’s CE (compact embedded or seeing as it was already a decade old, Clinton era. Take your pick) to Windows phone shared NT kernel. Getting an update for a windows phone is harder than finding a virgin in a delivery room. Everything was against that Lumia 900 getting a decent upgrade. So I took 7.8 until I could get a Lumia 920. Windows RT doesn’t have those problems. It is the NT kernel right? And there’s no AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon standing between my surface and a full update right? And Microsoft is making a version of Windows that runs on ARM processors right? So why am I getting some of windows 10 features? Why am I not getting Windows 10 mobile? It’s bad enough that my Surface pro is getting a tablet-ish experience. Why is my tablet getting the shaft? So I’ll get some of the features of windows 10 but none of the apps?
It’s about trust:
I’ve asked a lot of questions. I’ve got one more. How do I trust Microsoft again? Why should I buy ANYTHING with the Microsoft Brand on it? I was looking at and drooling over the Hololens. Now I’m not so sure. People buy Apple products because they can count on them getting updated and being replaceable with a newer version. They trust Apple to not fuck them over. How many people bought a Surface and Surface 2? Does Microsoft really want that many people spreading doubt about Hololens when Google is about to release a Google Glass 2, Apple is about to get into the VR space, HTC and Samsung about to sell their own VR/AR headsets and Oculus rift still a major player? Stand by your customers Microsoft and don’t give up on challenging the iPad. Because looking at Google it seems like you’re the only ones that can challenge Apple. Don’t just hand it over to them.
For everyone bitching about the $100 price difference between the #Xbox one & the #PS4. The ones saying that Microsoft should make the Kinect optional. I just want to say your a short sighted moron. How much does the Kinect cost? Its not a $100 add on. The (new) Kinect for windows is almost as expensive as the Xbox One. Seeing as how they’re roughly the same hardware. Its safe to say that if it was left off, you wouldn’t be getting a $399 Xbox.
You’re getting the Kinect for free. That’s because Microsoft wants developers to have a target to hit. The same way Apple gives devs the same screen size & doesn’t fragment efforts with resistive & capacitive screens. & the dedicated gaming set top box market is a small market. More & more people game on phones & tablets. Microsoft is trying to attract app developers for non-gaming apps. They’ve hinted at this much. (“if you want to develop apps for the Xbox one, code for windows 8”)
And while I’m on the Kinect. Can we knock off the privacy BULLSHIT? Siri sends your inquiries to a server saves them for 2 years. Google now tracks everything about you. Down to your exact location. & the Moto X is always on & always listening.
This is never pointed out by the tech press that practically jizzes their pants & the thought of an Apple tv that’s almost exactly like the Xbox one in their descriptions. That’s because they’d sooner cut their collective dicks off with the dull end of a rusty blade before they give Microsoft the same leeway they give Apple and Google.
Please formulate new arguments you disingenuous bastards. I’m tired of the same arguments that are either short sighted or blatantly biased against Microsoft. If the Xbox One is too expensive and not enough of a pure gaming system. Please go buy a PlayStation 4 or an Oyah. I like to mind the company I keep. And I don’t want to be lumped together with you.
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For the most part I’m satisfied with the windows phone marketplace. There’s not an app from iOS or android that I would really want bad enough to make a jump. Windows Phone is too good to leave for any app really. Microsoft has jumped through many hoops to get the top apps from iOS and Android into the marketplace. But there are apps that I would like to see on the platform that are missing. Go to the marketplace and type in the words gay dating or lesbian dating. Do you see anything? neither did I! Pretty much every minority group is represented in the marketplace except for gay people. I can find an app that’s particular to ethnicity, sex or religion. But GLBT apps are few and far between and GLBT dating apps are absent. I personally don’t believe this has anything to do with Microsoft. This is on the part of developers of apps like Grindr, Bender, Boy Ahoy, Adam4Adam, guyspy, gaydar, badoo, manhunt, savage love and are you interested. there’s nothing in mango that keeps them from having their app on windows phone. windows phone has the same rules as iOS. Unless their looking for Brandon Watson to hold their hand through the process of making and deploying an app there’s little reason to make their app available to windows phone users. Straight dating apps are also missing from the marketplace such as Blender and skout which are made by the same developers as Grindr and BoyAhoy. Their reason as some have stated is market share. but many of these apps are available on blackberry which is loosing market share every day. never mind that their apps would only work on some blackberry’s. I get that it’s a double edged sword when it comes to app. You can’t have apps without market share and you can’t have market share without apps.
But developers of apps with larger demand are on the marketplace. plants vs. zombies, bank of America, angry birds, whats app, and seesmic are all cross platform. Glympse, Evernote, Bejewled and Grooveshark are all on that dead platform known as WebOs and many popular apps are available on Symbian. It can’t simply be an issue of market share at this point. Windows phone has no where to go but up and MANY market forcasters have said that they see windows phone becoming a strong 3’rd player in the next 2 years. Even GLBT organizations are missing. there’s no Gay.com, the advocate or HRC app available. An entire minority group is absent from windows phone not because of Microsoft but because of the apps that are supposed to cater to my community. So I’m writing this to ask you to help let these devs know there apps are missing from the marketplace. Windows Phone isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Microsoft has lots of money which means they have a lot of time to build and market this platform. that nows the time for them to be a big fish in a small pond because if they wait someone else will make an app that does what their app does and then they will be struggling for attention. you can reach them on twitter @Grindr , @blendr , @adam4adam , @Gaydar , @guyspyapp , @benderapp , email@example.com for skout and boyahoy and ask them why their apps are absent from the windows phone marketplace. Their not banned, their apps can easily be ported and windows phone unlike blackberry, symbian and webos will not only be around in the next 5 years but is growing in market share. And if you can please show this post to Brandon Watson. Now I’m going to get to writing strongly worded letters to the devs of words with friends and mint.com
Roman David DeSilva