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    Windows Phone 8.1, Updates, Android, Asha, Lumia X and more on Surface Geeks 56


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    Windows Phone is the primary subject for this episode as it was in the news for all sorts of reasons.  We dive into some touchy subjects for Windows Phone fans.  We also prognosticate and predict what Nokia is up to with Android and what Microsoft's reaction is and what they will do in the future.  You might be surprised!  We do talk some Surface but WP8 lovers, this one is for you! Lumia x?

     

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    Episode 56 Shownotes and Links

    Forum: Stick With Windows Phone?

    No New Windows Phone Models on Tap for Barcelona, Re/Code, Ina Fried, February 18, 2014

    Android Apps on Windows Phone Rumor End of Microsoft’s Mobile Platform? Guardian Liberty Voice, Nancy Schimelpfening, February 17, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 Swype-like keyboard demonstrated on video, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 18, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 includes Start Screen backgrounds and browser sync features, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 15, 2014

    Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use?

    Windows 8 designer: Why Microsoft forced Metro on us all

    Tablet Hourly Usage Study: iPad Dominates, Surface Users More Active During Working Hours, Chitika, February 12, 2014

    Microsoft Office on iPad: It's alive and coming sooner than most think, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 14, 2014

    Microsoft readies a Lync app for Android tablets, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 18, 2014

    Bing Health & Fitness Beta for Windows Phone 8, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, February 17, 2014

     New Bing apps sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 18, 2014

    Surface Firmware Updates

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    Do you think we were being rough on Windows Phone on this podcast?
     
    Read this and lets discuss.
     
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    I'm interested in your opinion of this article.
     
    Otherwise, we did talk a lot about Android and iOS but I tried to warn you! It needed to be done and with the Android thing I would get used to more of it.  On all the Microsoft based podcasts.  
     
    Back to Surface next week and hopefully at least two of us will have a new Windows Phone!

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    This Podcast was such a downer, I'm sorry but I know that Windows Phone has its hurdles. But I feel that Podcasts like this are for enthusiast. No I'm not asking for a complete break from reality like any of the Mac shows but really.
     
    I don't listen to surface Geeks podcast to feel lousy.

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    When it comes to phones I'm not loyal to any os or mfr, I want a reliable phone with a decent camera/screen size/build quality...I have the 1020 mainly for the camera but I'm also finding the store has about everything I will ever need on a phone as far as apps go. My view is if they want windows phones to succeed they need to keep em coming and stop the delays etch... kinda hard to buy something if it isn't available in store

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    I personally don't think it was too harsh. It actually pointed out a lot issues correctly.

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    If we wanted a podcast that only gave us puffy white clouds in a pretty blue sky and Windows is the best, then everything you guys discuss would be missing the dose of reality that is needed to make the hardware/software better. Rock on and continue to discuss both sides of the coin, the great unique aspects AND the short comings of MS hardware and software.
     
    Though I own several MS and OEM devices, I don't exercise all the available functionality of said devices. My only other smartphone, besides a WP was a cheap BlackBerry. I really hated that buggy thing. I gave the Samsung Focus a try back in the WP7 days and I liked it well enough that I never have tried Android or IOS other than look at friends phones. For myself, WP8 does most everything I need it to do. And I probably will go with whatever is the replacement for the 520 after my 920 dies. I carry a tablet most of the time so, having a higher end phone isn't as important now when, a low end smartphone would do.

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    Thanks guys.  I think it was a reality podcast.  Feedback I have not heard yet is about Darren talking Nokia and Android.  He basically said that MS would not kill it and actually wanted to see how it does.  A couple of months ago I would have called him crazy, yet the day after Mary Jo Foley was saying the same thing while Dr. Pizza was sticking to his article that it's not forkable.  
    Then, this happens!
     
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    Pathetic podcast. I was hoping this week was going to be better than last week's uncomfortable show which I thought was a new low. This time its just a bunch of whining and bitching about windows phone. I'm a Microsoft enthusiast and look forward to balanced debates regarding their technology not this crap. Should I expect you to tell me how lousy my Surface RT is next week? Can't wait - if I decide to listen...

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    I don't think they need to cover the RT issue again, we know by now it is plenty limited. JK :)

    I completely respect your opinion, but personally I feel like Windows Weekly and WPCentral often share the same views and concerns as this trio so they are not alone. I personally feel the path to growth and success is through support but also clear vocal criticisms by the very communities that use the product they are criticising. If a company cannot please thier core enthusiasts, then they will never gain market share from users who are indifferent or invested in other products.

    Again, I respect your opinion and can understand where you are coming from, just sharing my perspective.

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    I don't think they need to cover the RT issue again, we know by now it is plenty limited. JK :)
    I completely respect your opinion, but personally I feel like Windows Weekly and WPCentral often share the same views and concerns as this trio so they are not alone. I personally feel the path to growth and success is through support but also clear vocal criticisms by the very communities that use the product they are criticising. If a company cannot please thier core enthusiasts, then they will never gain market share from users who are indifferent or invested in other products.
    Again, I respect your opinion and can understand where you are coming from, just sharing my perspective.


    This is also why it is good that you are sharing your criticisms instead of just walking away without giving them a chance to satisfy your needs/concerns.

    I also think that this is a sign of a good podcast, that such an array of opinions and emotions are struck... It means people are invested enough in the shows 'talent' and content to have an opinion. Lack of engagement would be far more concerning, at least from a hosts perspective.

    Cheers!

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    Unfortunately the array of opinions on this podcast were non-existent - as one sided as it gets... Typed on my god- forsaken, crappiest of the crappiest windows phone.

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