- 10-26-2012, 06:48 AM #1
Only after experiencing what the difference between all the official RC v/s real Windows 8 is, I think I have a feeling now that the leaked SDKs or even official ones are locked down with those features that MSFT never wanted us to know. They can do it, they did it with Windows 8. Example - The share charm. I don't know how many of you guys have noticed it, but the Windows 8 Pro version share charm is so charming that it makes me want to have it on my windows phone! It wasn't this flawless even with the RC! Now it is!
In nutshell, my weekend although will be with app loading my old Vostro running Win 8 Pro, I can't stop thinking there is something we don't know about WP8 and yes it is perfect time to switch.
- 10-26-2012, 08:44 AM #6
I'm thinking we won't see any new features but we will see apps that take advantage of things that just aren't baked into the OS. For example, Most of the W8 apps got updated in the last 2 days adding functionality like SmartGlass.
- 10-26-2012, 10:06 AM #7
Without trying to be too much of a downer, I doubt we will see anything that's "amazing" or new that would make people forgive them holding off the SDK and making people wait so long. We've basically seen everything through the leaked SDK, the summit in the summer, other leaked videos, etc. From what I can tell, the features are nice and would've been amazing if they announced them and then released them shortly after. But because of making everyone wait so long, the new-feature-hype died off (IMO) and there is nothing that will be amazing that other platforms don't have.
It's because of this that I've chosen to wait for updates to Windows Phone 8 that bring things that I'm waiting for. For example, VPN, different volume levels, a forward button in the browser, fixing voice dictation so that it doesn't repeat cuss words to me instead of the text I spoke, etc....like the basic stuff. It seems like they've only focused on new huge features (which are welcomed and much needed) without taking care of bugs and things needed fixed or added in first. I was really hyped for Windows Phone 8 as a Lumia 900 owner (I'm not in a contract, so I'm free to pick up a new device without ETF), but after it being so long since it was revealed I've already begun waiting for the next version without even getting to physically try Apollo...
For what it's worth, a feature I was hoping for was natural language support in TellMe. I do think that having static commands will help developers, in that they will only have to code for one scenario for allowing TellMe to carry out commands (i.e. "Open eBay...search for Lumia 920"), but it would be nice to have natural language support to make it more appealing, easier to use, and comparable to Siri for promotion purposes...
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- 10-26-2012, 12:17 PM #8
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10-26-2012, 12:52 PM #9
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I'm trying not to get my hopes TOO high for the 29th but... too late! :P I would actually be happy if they just went over a bunch of new features, whether they've been leaked or brand new surprises, instead of going into all the hardware features of the WP8 devices (been there done that, you know?). They can recap and such (and definitely talk about device availability + pricing if the carriers have given them that info), but this event needs to be about the operating system and this huge upgrade to the OS everyone has been waiting for!
I'm thinking they'll somehow bring everything together and show us the big picture and three screen approach, and there will be a ton of focus on that, but I'm also really hoping they kind of go down a list of things on the Windows Phone Uservoice/feature suggestion site and explain how we asked for it and they implemented it. I'm hoping for a feature surprise or two.
- 10-26-2012, 01:54 PM #10
The event WILL be about the OS, I tell you that much.
- 10-27-2012, 01:13 PM #13
Hahaha! Chavbox is something you should rethink on some time later. Not only because it completes your ecosystem but also because the gaming experience keeps getting better with new updates! Plus, it is such an amazing entertainment unit now with "3 screens" idea.
The way apps are sharing stuff across all platforms is much better than RC, I've noticed.
Even while WPC ran an article on how 3rd party twitter clients had issues due to APIs, the native ME tile and People hub has been flawless in terms of status updates, sharing as well as notifications - they were very irregular for me on RC.
These are of course only small things that really makes the whole experience better. I am going to be looking for such small niggles in WP8 that we don't talk about much, but if fixed will make life so much easier!
- 10-27-2012, 02:13 PM #14
- 10-28-2012, 07:37 AM #18Windows Phone Central Moderator "Fortune cookie said: 'Outlook not so good'. I said: 'Sure, but Microsoft ships it anyway'." - Apparently you can have an iPhone transplant...
- 10-28-2012, 09:05 AM #20
I'm not a chav, metalic rock head, gothic or so. I'm a surgeon for that matter! AND I use XBox since 4 years! :P
So yeah, I would say cool people use it ;)
Plus Xbox Music pass is so much better with Xbox in house.
Also, those you haven't yet managed to figure out - go get Windows 8 upgrade, Xbox Music pees on Spotify with their free streaming. Much less adverts and awesome audio quality FOR FREE!
10-28-2012, 09:16 AM #21
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WTF is a chav?! I use Xbox because I came up on Dreamcast and not OG PS, and I prefer the 360 controller. Also, I'm a bit of a gamerscore *****. (not enough to play avatar, but cheevos do still matter to me) that, and while a free service vs paid, PS Network is still low rent compared to Xbox Live IMO.
- 10-28-2012, 10:12 AM #22
A chav is a British person of low income. The usually listen to those "dirty American rap songs that are perverting our kids".
Or at least I think that's what they are. I have an Xbox and I have a really wide musical taste.
- 10-31-2012, 04:41 AM #24Windows Phone Central Moderator "Fortune cookie said: 'Outlook not so good'. I said: 'Sure, but Microsoft ships it anyway'." - Apparently you can have an iPhone transplant...
- 10-31-2012, 07:58 AM #25