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Elmer elmer I'm on my very last life.
  • Which smartphone with good camera allows to take photos without unlocking the phone and Quickly?

    Intriguingly, on the upcoming Lumia 735 - the so-called "selfie phone" - the camera button appears to have been removed. It's still there on the upcoming 830, but not on the 735.

    It will be interesting to see how a phone that is supposedly aimed squarely at opportunistic selfie-snaps, where you would think that quick access to the camera is desirable, will manage the task.

  • What Windows needs

    I think we need a new variant of Godwin's Law (look it up) where as soon as the name "Sinofsky" is mentioned, it marks the end of the thread... LOL.

    On the 30mins vs 30days thing, personally, I am firmly in the 30mins camp.

    I believe that if you can't get it after 30mins, there is something basically wrong with the UI.

    Nevertheless, and purely as a single data-point, our main office did a trial for 30 days with both 8 and 8.1, with the same conclusion at the end of both... the cost to get our staff up to speed on the changed UI simply didn't justify the technical gains over W7.

    I don't believe that is an atypical conclusion by business users, and this is what W9 will need to resolve if MS wants to retain its core business users.

  • Lumia Denim

    , cheong wrote

    I hope it have option to turn it off. I certainly don't like the idea of having some program on my phone always listening.

    I hope it comes with a "Hey Cortana, STFU" command.

    I already find it annoying without Cortana, when I accidently press the windows button and the stupid phone starts demanding that I speak louder.

  • Lumia Denim

    So, while many of us are still getting the virtual finger from carriers over the Cyan update, MS have already announced a "Denim" update.

    One thing that caught my attention in the list of features, was a "Hey Cortana" voice activation for Cortana.

    If this is built into a Lumia update, it raises the obvious question of how will the other WP mfgs deal with it?

  • What Windows needs

    , spivonious wrote

    @BitFlipper: It's been years since someone bragged to me about the new desktop they bought. It's all smartphones and tablets now.

    People don't brag about the computer they use at work.

    Agreed that the consumer market is critical to MS's future, and they can't afford to keep screwing it up, but they also can't afford to get their existing business core off-side in the process.

    Where I work, we are all desktop systems (albeit now using things like Intel NUCs) with multiple large monitors, running Win7 to support a series of Windows-based line-of-business apps. 

    We trialled Win8 and Win8.1 but the objections and arguments that ensued, and the issues with re-training people, simply meant that it was more trouble than it was worth. Win7 works just fine for now, and we can wait until Win9.

    However, if Win9 is also going to be a drama for us, or if MS makes upgrading from Win7 more difficult than it needs to be, then we'll be looking to phase out all of our desktop apps and go all web-based apps, just using enough client hardware to run a browser.

  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    Now that there is a DP program, it is clear that there is no valid reason for the carriers to retain control of the OS updates.

    But does anyone know if there is actually a valid reason why the carriers retain control of the update releases for firmware ?

    It seems to me that this is just a case of the carriers injecting themselves into the process for no reason other than perhaps some cynical market control.

    MS could easily take responsibility for running all of the tests that the carriers say they need to do, and hand them a compliance document to be rubber-stamped.

    But instead, we get the non-stop crap from the carriers about needing to test, and then delaying the approval/release in a totally opaque process, that just makes MS look bad.

    I'm convinced that the reason my own carrier is not releasing Cyan (even though they have acknowledged that they have it) is that all of their people are too busy getting ready of the next iPhone.

  • Back in the days of DOS, we just installed that latest version and carried on.

    @vesuvius: I still have nightmares of the great DOS 3.3 to 4.0 upgrade debacle.

    We ended up skipping V4.x and waiting for V5 - the way V4 should have been.... LOL.

  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    , MasterPi wrote

    *snip*

    I have the DP on my 920 and I run into all sorts of issues daily

    FWIW, I only have "Black" on my 920 running with the 8.1 DP and other than the the 0x80188308 error when trying to install the DP 8.1 Update, it is working perfectly.

    However, I'm also not recommending to use the DP at the moment, because I've now heard of a few cases of bricked phones when forced to factory reset and reinstall, to fix the DP update errors, and that is a bit of a worry.

  • WP8.1.1 update problem...

    , MasterPi wrote

    @elmer: It's also been close to a month and they still haven't released cyan for lumia 920 (AT&T)...

    My carrier (Telstra Aust) has acknowledged that they have the Cyan release, but say that they are too busy with other stuff to approve its roll-out, and have no ETA for when they might get around to it. Sort of sums up where WP ranks with carriers.

  • snake!

    Cows on a plane... when bovines attack.