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Microsoft's Windows Phone Is Now Bigger Than BlackBerry
Business Insider ^ | 05/16/2013 | Jay Yarrow

Posted on 05/16/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

We're not sure if this is a good sign for Microsoft or a bad sign for BlackBerry, but Windows Phone is now the third largest smartphone operating system, according to IDC.

Since we're optimists, we'll say it's a good sign for Microsoft. It's trying to catch up to Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. It has a very long way to go before it catches either of them, but it had to start somewhere. Perhaps this is the start of the most unlikely come-from-behind victory in history.

Here's the IDC numbers, via All Things D:

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: blackberry; microsoft; nokia; smartphone; windowsphone

1 posted on 05/16/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I have one. (lumina 920).

It has three buttons.

I often find myself having to hold down the three buttons for 20 seconds. (this is the windows phone equivalent to ctrl-Alt-del).

If you miss blue screens, hangs, reboots, tacky graphic design, too many clicks to do one thing, and assumption that you are there to serve the hardware rather than the hardware serve you, then you are all set for...>>WINDOWS PHONE!!!

Also, don’t forget new Windows Phone OS revisions often lead to having to throw away the phone (now compatible updates). Unlike Apple/android where you can run the new stuff on an old phone...Very handy when you signed a 2 year commit, and 8 months later the NEW WINDOWS PHONE software does not support your 8 month old hardware. (this really happened).

Anybody that KNOWS anywhing or pays their own bills or is not REQUIRED to own a windows phone will not.


2 posted on 05/16/2013 9:57:51 AM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

Huh. My Android phone freezes up and/or crashes all the time, too. Go figure.


3 posted on 05/16/2013 10:02:08 AM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Sparticus

(s) but when I hold my iphone, i have the magical ability to walk on water and heal the sick...(/s)


4 posted on 05/16/2013 10:04:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Sparticus
Huh. My Android phone freezes up and/or crashes all the time, too. Go figure.

Do any tinkering? Note 2 runs like a racer.

5 posted on 05/16/2013 10:05:01 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: SeekAndFind
BB is being dropped like a brick. They really screwed themselves. Enterprises have to run two versions of BES, one for legacy BB devices and one for BB 10 if they want support their legacy devices and new BB 10 device. While BES 10 supports some management of Android and iOS devices, it doesn't have the track record of MobileIron, AirWatch and other enterprise mobility platforms. Plus, BES 10 does not support Windows Phone 8. A lot of large enterprise have a strong Windows footprint. They want to leave Windows Phone 8 as an option.

Meanwhile, BB has how many BB 10 devices? One with another on the way in the US. How many BB 10 tablets? Zero.

6 posted on 05/16/2013 10:05:36 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Sparticus

mine did too


7 posted on 05/16/2013 10:12:14 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: BereanBrain

I’m on the raggedy edge of getting a Lumia 822. You give me pause.


8 posted on 05/16/2013 10:12:34 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: longtermmemmory

“(s) but when I hold my iphone, i have the magical ability to walk on water and heal the sick...(/s)”

But you forgot the ability to apply stealth to my car.

Be that as it may, and as a totally EX-Microsoft user, none of my Apple computers/Ipads/Iphones has had problems. If they do, I’ll change.


9 posted on 05/16/2013 10:14:06 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sparticus

My Android Phone use to freeze and crash all the time too. I got a Windows 8 phone now and I love it. It works fine for me and synchs up nice with SkyDrive.


10 posted on 05/16/2013 10:20:28 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: SeekAndFind

I have been looking at the new Z10 when my contract is up. My EVO has been OK, but so far not as impressed with Android as I thought I would be.

Wife has an iPhone and its about the same as mine.


11 posted on 05/16/2013 10:25:59 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: null and void

Samsung Galaxy Note 2. That’s my next smarty-pants phone.

Finally - a convergence of phone and PDA that makes sense.


12 posted on 05/16/2013 10:55:45 AM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: null and void

Most of the negative posts about Windows Phone come from non-user trolls.

I have a Nokia Lumia 920 and it is fantastic. Pictures are incredible, the OS is reliable and the phone works as it should.....not an afterthought.


13 posted on 05/16/2013 11:26:37 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Noumenon

I picked up a galaxy s4 this week. I was going back and forth whether to get the Note 2 or not.

So far I’m pretty happy.

I will probably have regrets when the Note 3 comes out.


14 posted on 05/16/2013 11:27:22 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: BereanBrain

Lucky I did not read your post before I got my Nokia 920.

The 920 does have a few pesky issues, like slightly poorer reception in rural areas, but have never had the experiences you say.

Being my first smart phone, I listened to friends who had both iPhone and AnDroid, besides being significantly smaller than the 920, they all had lots of complaints.


15 posted on 05/16/2013 11:28:03 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Windows phone looks OK on a phone, I was a little angry when they forced the interface on my new computer.


16 posted on 05/16/2013 11:28:52 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: dangerdoc
Windows phone looks OK on a phone, I was a little angry when they forced the interface on my new computer.

I have the Surface Pro and it is fantastic interface for a tablet.

If you upgraded a desktop or laptop, then I can see the issue with not having a touchscreen.

They are making Version 8.1 that will allow you to boot into desktop mode.

Should be out within 90 days.

17 posted on 05/16/2013 12:31:46 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

I spent $5 and bypassed metro myself.

My laptop has a touch screen, Win 8 implementation is not great IMO. I have a two year old Asus Transformer and the combination of keyboard and touch screen is more intuitive and easier to use. I do a lot of work that requires filling in check boxes on web screens, it always works on the Transformer, it is hit and miss with Win 8.


18 posted on 05/16/2013 1:02:18 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: longtermmemmory

This post wins post of the day.


19 posted on 05/16/2013 1:35:21 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'll be looking for a new phone in September, and I'll definitely be considering a Windows phone. I have an Android now and have owned an iPhone, but I'm tired of dealing with big corporations.

;-)

20 posted on 05/16/2013 1:38:28 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Wife & I will shortly be upgrading to the new WP8 Nokia Lumia 928 phones that just came out today from Verizon. They look pretty good, all things considered, and our best fit. Pretty much the same as a Lumia 920, which is AT&T only, but with a few minor improvements exclusive to Verizon.


21 posted on 05/16/2013 2:36:53 PM PDT by MCH
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To: X-spurt

no issues? Have you not used blutooth with your car? EVERY TIME i get a phone call when/if streaming bluetooth to my MICROSOFT SYNC in the car, it HANGS THE PHONE.

I have updated the Phone. I have updated Sync on the car.

I have found (over the 3 months I have had it) at least 3 different things that hangs it 100% of the time.

Also, the experience (number of touches) to do common tasks is 2-3x iOS or Android.


22 posted on 05/16/2013 3:12:27 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: null and void

would that be your first smart phone? if so you will be ok. If you come from IOS or Android you will not be happy unless you are a microsoft fanboy.


23 posted on 05/16/2013 3:15:08 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

I have an iPhone 3GS. I like it. I can’t afford to buy a new phone, nor AT&T. I can get the Lumia for “free” and much less per month.


24 posted on 05/16/2013 3:29:33 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: BereanBrain

Unless you bought it on Ebay, it has a warranty. Make em replace it.


25 posted on 05/16/2013 3:56:48 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: X-spurt

google windows phone bluetooth sync issues. It’s not a hardware problem. There is nothing wrong with the lumina.

Why not replace your PC because windows sucks while I am at it.


26 posted on 05/16/2013 4:29:16 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain
EVERY TIME i get a phone call when/if streaming bluetooth to my MICROSOFT SYNC in the car, it HANGS THE PHONE.

I love people who blame MS and not Ford, who hired Microsoft and told them what they wanted.

27 posted on 05/16/2013 4:31:55 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Noumenon
Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

I got one a couple of months ago to replace my iPhone 4. Aside from a few glitchy little Android things, I like it a lot. I've managed to find Android versions or equivalents for all of my iOS apps. And the eye pain caused by the Retina Display has been banished. :)

28 posted on 05/16/2013 4:49:52 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: BereanBrain

Man, you may need to look all that up, I don’t have a problem.

The Lumia 920 works fine, for me.

ALL operating systems have glitches, most of us figure out how to work-around. I don’t hate Windows anything, if I had to use Apple anything, I would hate it.

If your with ATT and you bitch about the 920 enough they’ll likely change it for an iPhone or droid. Damn if I’d keep something I hated.


29 posted on 05/16/2013 5:32:34 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: X-spurt

again, if you use it JUST as a phone it’s OK. Try to use advanced features and it hangs, blue screens, etc.

Nothing wrong with paying for a 1/2 pound brick to just make calls but I want to use my phone for bluetooth, car sync, etc.


30 posted on 05/16/2013 6:06:06 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: Erik Latranyi

MICROSOFT WROTE MICROSOFT SYNC. That’s why it’s called Microsoft SYNC rather then FORD SYNC. Google before you comment.

It’s JUNK.


31 posted on 05/16/2013 6:07:09 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

There is a lot of reviews and forums on 920, I checked em out before picking the 920, never ran into your issues on any.

Sounds like a serious call to your wireless supplier is in order. Good luck.


32 posted on 05/16/2013 7:57:28 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: X-spurt

It’s all over the internet. Just use google.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wp8-wpmusic/nokia-lumia-920-freezes/6983cd87-5cba-4635-8e52-4b44abf14631

Basically, if you want advanced features, car/headset handoffs, turn by turn navigation seamlessly integrated with calls coming in, etc you are SUNK with WP8.

If you want to JUST use it occasionally as a phone, it’s OK. But WHY BUY A SMARTPHONE?

Face it, It SUCKS as a smartphone. I know what I am talking about - I have had EVERY smartphone since the ERICSON p800 (that was BEFORE the Blackberry OR the iPHONE). I am a power user of phones, been using bluetooth when there was only 1 phone that supported it.

As a VERY experienced user, I can tell you WP8 is the buggiest smartphone I have ever used. PERIOD.


33 posted on 05/16/2013 9:10:41 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

I’ve got the same Nokia 920 Phone and I love it. Only issue I have is the Battery running out of juice pretty quickly, the same issue I had with my old Android.

My Wife thinks it’s “operator error”, since she doesn’t have that issue with HER Nokia 920.

It did shut down once, when I dropped it on a Cement Floor after it got knocked off a counter about four feet high. I thought I screwed the pooch, but all it took to get it back was the three button reset. Love that Gorilla Glass.

Got rid of the Android. It drove me crazy. I got $60 for it from Gazelle or some other outfit.


34 posted on 05/16/2013 9:27:41 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama / Clinton Benghazi (4), Ted Kennedy (1), my Gun Collection (0)...)
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To: BereanBrain

Then why the heck did you buy it?????


35 posted on 05/16/2013 9:46:43 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: BereanBrain

Then why the heck did you buy it?????


36 posted on 05/16/2013 9:47:03 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: BereanBrain
MICROSOFT WROTE MICROSOFT SYNC. That’s why it’s called Microsoft SYNC rather then FORD SYNC. Google before you comment.

Yes, but Ford outlined what they wanted the system to do and accepted the delivered product from Microsoft.

They are both to blame for the lousy results, especially when you compare it to elegant systems like Chrysler's Uconnect2.

But you just want to blame MS and leave Ford blameless.

37 posted on 05/17/2013 2:47:49 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: X-spurt

the same “reason” you “bought” a copy of microsoft windows at work (you didn’t some faceless idiot decreed you MUST use it)


38 posted on 05/17/2013 3:27:51 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: Erik Latranyi

Microsoft wrote SYNC and marketed it to car manufacturers.

Car makers no more should be blamed for Microsoft SYNC than PC manufacturers for bugs in windows....They don’t have a seat at the design table.

I WORK in the industry. I know. it’s how I make my living.


39 posted on 05/17/2013 3:29:54 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

Dude, being a small biz owner, I am that “faceless idiot” that bought Windows.

Now I have this theory about folks that are pure negative and non-stop complaining about something, they aren’t the least bit interested in a workable resolution, only in complaining about “it”.


40 posted on 05/17/2013 8:33:17 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: BereanBrain

Dude, being a small biz owner, I am that “faceless idiot” that bought Windows.

Now I have this theory about folks that are pure negative and non-stop complaining about something, they aren’t the least bit interested in a workable resolution, only in complaining about “it”.


41 posted on 05/17/2013 8:33:20 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: X-spurt

no, i am somebody who knows (because I have used) a better solution.

If you have some strange piece of software that ONLY runs on windows you have to run, then go ahead. You will have to doctor on, maintain, defrag, update, clean viruses, and suffer blue screens.

For me, I prefer to be doing actual work. I have 25 machines, and was spending 2 days a week doing “housekeeping” for windoz. I got back 2 days/week (8 days a month) by ditching windows.

Oh, it the software was cheaper, too.


42 posted on 05/17/2013 8:49:23 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

Wore me out. Bye Bye.


43 posted on 05/17/2013 9:44:28 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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