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Good-bye, Windows Phone

  1. #21


    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Recently my Android (Gingerbread) smart-phone died. Well, it was still usable but the screen was cracked in two places and the headphone jack was toast. So, not being over-endowed in the money dept, I started researching new phones to get the best 'bang for the buck'.

    The Nokia Lumia 520 kept working its way to the top of the list, so, with some trepidation, I purchased one (A$149.00). The value-for-money factor of this phone is simply incredible.

    Apart from a couple of annoyances (the 'combined' volume control and NO file manager/explorer), I've been very happy indeed with it.

    I'm not an 'App Addict' and the ones I do use have decent counterparts in the Store.

    I did NOT like having to have an MS account, and did not want the phone to sync with the PC so had to create a new a/c.

    I'd be happy to recommend this phone, and have done so on a couple of occasions when friends were looking for new phones. In fact, usage of my (Android) tablet has dropped by at least half because it's easier to do stuff on the phone.

    It would be a shame if they were to kill WP off, IMO.


    Wenda.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Thanks guys. This is all very informative. For my Asus Transformer I was actually looking at this MS program. I need it only for Europe, especially France where we do most of our travel.

    But since the transformer does not have GPS or GNSS, I will get this device. BT works well on the Transformer. I already use a BT mouse. I prefer to get this in Europe because the standards and regulations are sometimes different.

    What do you guys think. Will that work.
    Did you read the fine print on the AutoRoute page that it only works with MapQuest and Yahoo Maps?

    Kari would know better, but will the Asus and/or AutoRoute app/program loaded be able to read the GPS data? Not quite sure how that all works.

    BTW, I revised my previous post. I meant to put my statement on the amount of apps before your quote. It was not aimed particularly at you, but to all in general.
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  3. #23


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Did you read the fine print on the AutoRoute page that it only works with MapQuest and Yahoo Maps?
    No, I did not see that. Thanks for pointing it out. I have to investigate what that means. I know MapQuest is pretty poor. Yahoo Maps I have never looked at. I wish they would work with the Michelin maps. Those are the best.
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Thanks, Shawn.

    And Ed comes through again!
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Did you read the fine print on the AutoRoute page that it only works with MapQuest and Yahoo Maps?
    No, I did not see that. Thanks for pointing it out. I have to investigate what that means. I know MapQuest is pretty poor. Yahoo Maps I have never looked at. I wish they would work with the Michelin maps. Those are the best.
    Your welcome. It seems to me the map is a basic component. AutoRoute uses it, but adds much more to the overall program as seen here:

    AutoRoute 2013
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  6. #26


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am a big fan of Ed Bott, but this quote means nothing:

    If you think Microsoft is going to turn its back on a growing installed base of 100 million customers, you really need to find a different beat to cover.
    They turned their back on over 1 Billion desktop users. So one can expect anything to happen.
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  7. #27


    I can only speak for myself > 1 Billion desktop users - me = 999,999,999 desktop users.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am a big fan of Ed Bott, but this quote means nothing:

    If you think Microsoft is going to turn its back on a growing installed base of 100 million customers, you really need to find a different beat to cover.
    They turned their back on over 1 Billion desktop users. So one can expect anything to happen.
    How's that?

    The desktop is still there in Windows 8 just the same as in Windows 7. We now just have a modern UI (touch/mobile) and desktop (PC) mode in Windows 8/8.1.

    Windows RT doesn't have a desktop anymore though.
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  9. #29


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am a big fan of Ed Bott, but this quote means nothing:

    If you think Microsoft is going to turn its back on a growing installed base of 100 million customers, you really need to find a different beat to cover.
    They turned their back on over 1 Billion desktop users. So one can expect anything to happen.
    How's that?

    The desktop is still there in Windows 8 just the same as in Windows 7. We now just have a modern UI (touch/mobile) and desktop (PC) mode in Windows 8/8.1.

    Windows RT doesn't have a desktop anymore though.
    I hear you Shawn. As if 8.1 has become the big love of the Windows users. I look at the sales figures and they tell me it's a dog.

    You and I and a few others can deal with it. But what about Tante (aunt) Emma next door that ran 2000 and XP for years. And even the 7 users are not moving. 7 grows faster than 8.1.
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  10. #30


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, some folks may need a bit more time to adapt and get used to it, but that's going to be the same for anything new. Once they do and give it a fair chance, I think that most would like Windows 8.1.

    It's just that most folks using Windows 7 currently don't have any need to switch to Windows 8/8.1 yet. I say that's fine if Windows 7 is serving them well.
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