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  • Win Phone 8.1 beef.

    , kettch wrote

    @Craig_Matthews: I understand not wanting to lock the OS into supporting those features. There were some problems when Twitter or Facebook changed the API, and they had to roll out an OS update. However, they should have come up with some kind of plug-in model that would have provided the same functionality.

    That's exactly what they need. I certainly get maybe not tying the phone's OS to specific named services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), but a plug-in model that you suggest would solve the problem nicely and obviously open it up to more than Twitter and Facebook.

    The integration of everything from different places into hubs is most of the reason I bought this awesome monstrosity of a phablet and it's an example of where, IMO, devices should be going in the future. Having to go into the Facebook app when I want to bring up the photos from a friend's trip is going to definitely feel like a step backward into the "iPhone way" of doing things.

    IMO, Windows Phone 8 is pretty much what Android wishes it was, and makes the iPhone look like a feature phone because WP8 is all about bringing all your stuff into your device in a consistent and useable manner. Now it seems they want to go in the iPhone direction unfortunately. That's a real shame because this phone, as it is, kills.



  • Metro IE - back or forward behavior

    This irritates the ever living crap out of me, especially on mobile OSs like on an iPhone or Android. Especially if I'm reading a bunch of different articles and going back to the index frequently. I'll by 3/4s of the way through a list of articles .. and I will see one I want to read, and I will intentionally open it in a new tab because I don't want my position in the index to be disrupted. Once I go back -- something that requires me to only close the new tab I have open, the first tab reloads when it's put back on the screen. Now I have to 1) wait for the page to reload, then 2) find where I was again.

    Pages reloading because they just happen to be brought back from the background makes me want to throw the device against a wall.


  • Win Phone 8.1 beef.

    Photos "Hub" no longer has direct access to friend's photos from Facebook, it links to a separate app now. People "hub" (now "me" I guess) no longer allows commenting or liking Facebook posts -- again, have to open a separate app now. And the messaging app removed the integration as well, and now only does SMS.

    All of these things were key features which drove me to buying a Windows phone. If I wanted to stick with the app-centric paradigm of iOS, I would have upgraded my iPhone and stayed with that. WinPho 8.1 seems to be removing things that differentiate Windows Phone from iOS and Android. Let me guess -- was having things integrated "too confusing" for some people requiring gutting of the things that make Windows Phone what it is?

    I bought my Lumia 1520 less than 2 months ago and absolutely love it -- and everything I've been ranting to my friends about with regard to why they should buy a Windows phone is going away, including capabilities which sealed my decision to buy one.

    I'm not sure how I can see this in any other way than a product, that I already bought, having capabilities removed from it after the fact.

    Nice job breaking it. If this keeps up, maybe this awesome Windows Phone will eventually be down to just a grid of apps just like iOS. Why even bother keeping live tiles at this point?




  • eeeerrrrrkk​kkk WinPh 8.1 in browser video player has got to go!!!!

    magicalclick: I also am just on WP8 sry for confusion.

  • eeeerrrrrkk​kkk WinPh 8.1 in browser video player has got to go!!!!

    Lumia 1520, goes right to full screen playback when I tap the video.

  • Bring back Commodore?

    With the FASTLOAD cartridge in, it was C=Key + RUN/STOP to automatically do LOAD"*",8,1


  • do you think there is any new Lumia model for AT&T?

    I got the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 -- 6" screen, extra row of tiles and all that. This is my first Windows phone -- my Verizon contract expired and my iPhone 4s sleep button broke. I wanted a Windows phone, so I just jumped ship to AT&T cause the 1520 looked so nice.

    While the screen is ridiculously big and my home screen is just silly with tiles because I do so much stuff, I really like it - and I'm pretty impressed with Windows Phone 8 incidentally. The camera is nice. I got the 16GB model and it has an SD slot up to 64GB.  It's real snappy and responsive. With cloud MS Office/Onedrive combined with the size of this "phone", I'm finding I can do actual work on it beyond the normal phone/social network stuff you typically do on a smartphone (and I do that stuff too). It's relatively light and thin IMO too.



  • Win Phone 8.1 beef.

    , Typhoon87 wrote

    For example there is no way in Xbox music on windows 8.1 to point the software to a network share where my music is on my Windows Home Server 2011 unless you hack it with a symbolic link in the default music folder. I mean what year is this? 

    This works fine for me. You need to add the network location to the Windows "Music" library. If you can't do that without hacking up a symbolic link, then there's something wrong with the Windows Search component on your WHS box (Windows Search must be running on the server and indexing the share in question in order to add that share to a client side Windows "Library").


  • Free - increased usage by 1.2 percent

    , Sven Groot wrote

    Basically, making public transit free doesn't help if your traffic situation is so bad that people already use it anyway, or if your public transit is so bad that they won't use it anyway.

    Indeed. In the city that I live in, the bus system's first pickup was around 6:30 am and the last drop off was around 6:30 pm. The city officials were outright confused as to why no one used them, apparently not clued into the fact that a bus system is only useful if people can get to work on time or catch a bus after they leave work. It took them years to figure this out, but then again I live in west central Florida where most people are a bit slow mentally. They have a fairly useful schedule now, except they still haven't clued into the fact that people are still not going to use it if they have to walk 3/4s of the way to work to catch one. We have buses but no bus stops.


  • XP mode support

    , AndyC wrote

    XP mode was a standalone download for precisely this reason, it's subject to a separate EULA agreement and was always very clearly stated to be subject to the same End of Life dates as Windows XP and not Windows 7. This has never changed.

    This was not stated at all on the XP Mode related pages until around April of last year, well after we started deployment. Is there somewhere else where it was clearly stated?