We're here with another From the Forums, where we pick out the top discussions from the Windows Phone Central forum that demand your attention. If you've been absent over the course of the weekend, then this resource is the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things with other Windows Phone owners in our community. Pop on past the break for the latest threads.
Kicking us off is TransitStop with an interesting debate about whether or not Xbox Live is essential to Windows Phone's survival. It certainly makes an interesting an addition to the 'highlighted features' of any Windows Phone on display in a store, or on a website, but is it essential?
It's an interesting question, if you fail to have a profile for Xbox Live and make use of a competing video game console, would there be issues with gaming on Windows Phone? Not entirely so, which isn't always clear when looking at Windows Phone and not being aware of the ins and outs of Microsoft Accounts. These accounts, previously known as Live IDs are tied to not only Xbox, but all Microsoft services.
There's a free Xbox account and subscription-based Gold. Your Microsoft Account will qualify you to a free Xbox profile, which will enable one to take advantage of gaming on Windows Phone. A Gold subscription will enable premium features and is a must-have should you want to take gaming to the next level with an Xbox 360 console. It's entirely down to the preference of the consumer, but Xbox Live is an important selling point of Windows Phone, and is a great experience for those on the move.
Be sure to head on over to the "Xbox Live essential?" thread to add your opinion of the service.
Frustration with Nokia and the company's future
There has been a number of articles and threads here at Windows Phone Central that have covered Nokia's current doomed situation, and how the company has to perform better with Windows Phone 8 to survive the cold and harsh winter. With the frustration that comes with waiting for Nokia's hardware after an early announcement of what's to be expected, does this frustration turn into hate for the OEM? Steve_w_7 created a thread to discuss just that.
There is much love for the brand, and Nokia used to be the mobile phone giant back in the days where bricks were favoured over fashion when placed next to the ear. Unfortunately, the company failed to advance with the industry and found itself behind the times and had to jump ship to Microsoft's Windows Phone. We've witnessed innovative services and hardware from the company thus far.
With the announcement of Windows Phone 8 handsets being made so early (for various reasons), it may have caused further frustration with consumers who are still eagerly awaiting release. Still, does this automatically turn to hate? We believe not. While many publish their anger, it's still love for the company that has produced so much.
Check out the "Nokia frustration does not = hate for OEM" thread for more opinions and to add your own in a response.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.