I have been an avid enthusiast of Windows Phone platform since the Windows Phone 7 platform, that is now discontinued. This brings me to problem numero uno. Leaving behind those users is/was a huuuuge mistake by Microsoft. I DO not know why a company would do that ever. I know the change in Kernel mumbo-jumbo, but Microsoft did pretty much the same thing it did with Windows Mobile Users. These disgruntled users flock to another platform—-NOT WINDOWS PHONE. Microsoft needs to drill this in their head asap. Discontinuing a platform, its app store, no more updates and constantly changing OS doesn’t give confident to developers. They don’t create apps and as a result app store doesn’t have quality first party apps and as a result the users don’t get the phones. Users do not know Windows Phone 8 is different. They look at it as that “crap” platform that was discontinued…with no major updates.
Problem number 2: Microsoft should not hold “exclusive” or “wanted” apps for a specific release dates…if it’s ready, release it. You aren’t exactly at the front and center of mobile app numbers that you feel like you should do special press release or OS release and make user wait. AGAIN, more disgruntled users.
Problem number 3: Updates. Need I say more. Windows Phone was supposed to be a platform that could update….but guess what Microsoft decided to pimp out those updates at the mercy of carriers who doesn’t give rat’s ass about updates after selling the phone. Microsoft should control this channel completely. Screw the carriers.
Problem number 4-Nokia: Exclusive models and variants. What is up with a model number for ATT and another one for Verizon and another one for t-mobile. 920, 928 and 925 respectively. That is so asynchronous. Why can’t one flagship launch? Lumia 920 on all the carriers. F*ck Carrier exclusivity if they don’t support updates. It also helps building brand or model recognition. Imagine S4 or I5 being released on different carriers with different names. A phone never gets popular since the variants are divided up….one phone never builds up recognition.
Problem number 5-Microsoft: Microsoft has already slowed down with the development of Windows Phone. And with Windows RT merging, I see the problem only getting worst. GDR’s are not exactly feature-packed release and could never match Androids/iOS. Lumia Phones will, but Windows Phone with only GDR’s will never match feature parity until Windows Phone 8.1 But, by then Apple/Google would have moved on. Microsoft is shooting at a moving target and seems like they are always behind with their current philosophy. What gives? Are they really that oblivious?
Problem number 6: Exclusive apps. Dafuq. Again the ecosystem needs to grow and for that reason, you need everyone with equal access to all stores in the app and not just select few. Kinda shitty thing to do really. And then they wonder why the platform doesn’t grow. well, how would it if they purposefully cripple it.
Problem number 7: Letting carriers strip out features. Data sense in GDR2 is the glaring example of failed strategy. These features should never be allowed to be controlled by carriers. In developing world, these features are the single biggest selling point in markets. In India, I know this from experience, People get android because people can tether/internetshare/wifi-share etc. from their phone. Most carriers that carry Windows Phone take out features like Internet Sharing/Data sense. Once again, a stupid move by MS. This needs to be addressed as people flock to platforms that allow. In developing market, Windows Phone competes with Android only. Apple is a super-niche product….never a worthy competitor. Android gets users because, these features are so readily availbale. It is ridiculous and baffling when a friend/family asks for what phone to get and you have to add “caveats” and add points in a way that they would not get an android which they end up getting anyway because of this silly Microsoft bullsh*t. Sad to see a user go, after they love the phone but one thing they want to use wouldn’t be allowed.
FIX this Microsoft. If anyone at Redmond is reading this, if you are wondering why your devices aren’t selling well in markets like India, China etc. Because, people want those features and you don’t allow until you get in bed with Carriers. GET IT?