Actually, it wasn't, I was just taking a bit of the p from your insistance that Winmob 7 be everything to all people.
I'll bet that the theoretical perfect version of the OS would need to eventually sync to a server. Would you expect that server to be running Win3.1?
No, you wouldn't, you'd pick the right OS for the services you need.
If you need these features, then write them. You'll likely find a number of other folks who'd be happy to benefit from your efforts, but again, it's a toy os for a consumer toy. The fact that it can't run an enterprise syncable database isn't the end of
The idea that people can do 'important business' on a pda/phone combo is just not proven by reality. Sure, you can send emails, but every winmob OS I've ever used has had a bunch of other office mobile products that are utterly pointless. Am I really going
to sit on a train and create a spreadsheet? No. Create a powerpoint? No.
If your users need a platform to gather data that needs to be synced with a db, get them real machines.
Hell, most netbooks will run Win7 and the users won't look goofy trying to scroll through a docx.
It's a phone with a cute UI bolted on that is meant to compete with another phone made by a competing company that seems to have convinced people that we should all interact with the world through a phone.
I'm sorry, but important business can be done on a PDA/Phone. I know because we have been doing it since 1995. The fact that you cannot see the possibilities is better for me (less competition).
And as far as giving someone a netbook, let someone who has 15 years experience in using handheld devices in the field, tell you:
1) A NetBook won't last a week in the field with us, maybe not even a day
2) rugged tablets get real expensive and that big screen still won't survive more than a few drops
3) Startup time is still way too long
4) Battery life is still too short. Give us some laptop rated for 8 hours and we'll kill it in less than 3.
5) Three pounds still gets heavy plus you'll be needing extra batteries to do what we do. Phone is like 6 ounces.
6) You better have two hands free to use a netbook or tablet
7) Try using a netbook while you are walking. It's even hard to see where you are walking with a tablet.
8) Your not going to be able to just put a netbook or tablet in your pocket
I know the IPad is a good size 1.5 pounds or so, is running a good, lean OS and starts up fast. It's still more of a pain to carry than a phone though. Watch how many business apps wind up on the IPad. Then Microsoft will try to put out the "Windows Phone
Series 7 Pad" and oops there's no local databse access. I am just trying to get Microsoft in the game now instead of giving Apple another three year headstart. The biggest problem I see for us and the IPad, is I believe it has the built-in battery style Apple
seems to be putting in everything. I don't think a single battery will work for us unless there's an easy way to charge it as we work. The Apple Newton had the greatest system ever. Big battery, ran all day (even for us) and had a special tray that you could
put 4 AA batteries in and slap it into the battery bay. I've still got piles of Newtons -110's, 120's,130's, 2000's and 2100's. IPAQ's, Symbol, tablets too. The IPhone stood on the shoulders of a giant and that giant was the Newton. Thanks Woz.
I am so vocal about the issue because I want Microsoft to fix this mistake before Apple steals the show. And its not altruistic. I have a lot of .NET experience. I don't want to switch to Apple, but I will if there is no local db access on the phone.
Your welcome to your opinions ScanIAm, I just have enough experience to know you're not speaking from experience. Open your mind to the possibilities. You're right, you are not going to read spreadsheets and word documents on the phone. But last time I checked
not everyone on the planet was an accountant or a secretary.