CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Calling Microsoft an underdog feels about as ridiculous as calling Jupiter a mere asteroid, but that's exactly what Windows Phone is. Next to the goliaths of Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems, WP is a drop in the ocean and appeared on just over 1 per cent of smart phones at the end of 2011. So what's wrong with it? Very little, in terms of functionality. Windows Phone is clean, simple and arguably very attractive. I often read comments by new users raving about the interface and the way it takes the simplicity of iOS and adds some of the customisability of Android. It even managed to tempt our very own Rich Trenholm.
The problem with Windows Phone is its app store, Both the iOS and Android app stores are chock-full of apps that do pretty much anything you could think of, I won't debate here which of those two are better, but suffice to say they both offer vastly more apps -- at least eight times as many -- frida kahlo iphone case than are available in the Windows Phone store, Although apps certainly aren't the only aspect of a good operating system, they're undeniably a major factor in its popularity, Many apps are now popular enough to be common household names, and so naturally the majority of everyday users will want access to them..
The problem is developers don't want to make more apps until there are more people using Windows Phone -- more customers equal more sales equal more money for them. But us, the customers, don't want to use it until there are more apps available. It's a vicious cycle that's extremely difficult to break, but if Microsoft wants to hit the mobile prime time, it needs to reverse it. And it just might be able to. Windows Phone 8 is on its way like a runaway train, promising some significant tweaks to the software's underlying architecture that might see the app store quickly filling with all kinds of juicy stuff.
A key part of the update will see Windows Phone apps being built with similar core structures to iOS and Android apps, which would allow an existing app to be ported over without having to rewrite the entire thing, saving devs time and money, If you're currently making a hit app for other platforms, you won't need to shell out your kids' inheritance to pay for the app to be rebuilt from the ground up for Windows, Ideally, apps currently in use on iOS and Android should only need a few relatively small tweaks in order to have them run on Windows Phone, It won't attract developers to build solely for frida kahlo iphone case the platform, but it may very well persuade many to launch a WP version of their current apps, If Microsoft can get this right, it'll be a definite ace in the hole for Windows Phone 8..
Perhaps more important, though, is Windows Phone 8's integration with Windows 8 for PCs. Windows Phone 8 and Windows desktop 8 will share the same kernel (the core architecture on which the software is built), which could potentially mean apps purchased through the upcoming Windows 8 app store would also be able to run on Windows Phones. While this has yet to be properly discussed by Microsoft, it would mean -- in theory -- that Windows Phone developers would immediately have a potential market in the hundreds of millions of Windows desktop users worldwide.
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