IDWNet Cloud Computing is proud to announce that our new Global Grid (patent pending) protocol will support Near Field Communication in Windows 8! The Global Grid is a P2P networking protocol for finding peers across diverse networks, and is easily extensible to support new types of network hardware, and networking APIs such as Near Field Communication. The protocol can even find peers over the Internet, and traverse NAT firewalls, and can be configured to use HTTP proxies.
If a company wants to charge money for a product; they should do it, because they have to make money in order to continue their operations. As an independent developer of both 'free' and proprietary software, I often get criticized for charging for my software, and refusing to open-source it by the open-source community, and get criticized for not charging for software that I choose to open-source by many of my peers. It's often difficult to decide whether a product should be free or proprietary. In the end, there is room for both 'free' software and proprietary software.
Any news on homebrew support for the new WP7 update? What will happen if I DON'T decide to upgrade to the new firmware? Will certain features of the phone stop working, will it force an automatic upgrade?
Are there plans to implement socket support for Windows Phone 7 at some time in the future, or will they be left out altogether? It would be difficult to develop P2P games for example, if socket support is left out.