Having been initially impressed by the style of Microsoft's new mobile system, difficult questions are coming thick and fast, such as: why has Microsoft banned skins on WinMo7?
on 02/22/2010 – Made popular on 02/22/2010
A leaker took to Reddit earlier today and listed details of Microsoft’s coming Windows Phone 8.1 surfaced through early access to the update’s software development kit (SDK).
In addition to a host of feature upgrades, the changes include work by Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT closer together. That aligns with the statements of Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green
Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 aren't doing well, but Microsoft can still make out with some help from Intel and Windows 8.1 If its great ARM experiment doesn't work out, supporting Microsoft's key applications on Android and iOS won't hurt. This is not your dad's Microsoft.
Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same. Mary Jo Foley today detailed the coming death-dates of a number of Microsoft products, including Windows Phone 7.8.
Windows Phone 7, due to hit stores by Christmas according to Microsoft, signals a substantial shift in Microsoft’s focus, the user experience and how OEMs will be limited in what they can do to customise Microsoft’s mobile OS.
Why not develop a phone that's pure skeleton with an outer layer/skin that you throw on top? It will come with 2 stock skins and you will have your choice of aftermarket skins. They had this pre-iPhone era in Europe (nokia) where you can stop at any kiosk and buy a cheap snap-on skin. Just up it a bit and make an option to slide on a hard glass. This is old news.
The news that Microsoft has purchased substantial assets from Nokia came as a surprise, but perhaps it shouldn’t have. The underlying reason that Microsoft had little choice but to buy Nokia is plain: Nokia had too much control over the Windows Phone platform, and Microsoft could not afford to lose its primacy over its mobile efforts.
How did we end up in this situation?