My ode to Windows Phone 8

So childhood, throughout its various stages, is ideally a time of enjoyment, wonder, and awe of the world with which a child interacts. This reality is supported and sometimes directed by the solid underpinnings of both experiential and formal learning.

Regardless of how wondrous the world of one's childhood is, experiences, lessons learned and the inescapable current of time brings maturity.

I'm reminded of Robin William's movie "Hook". In that progression of the classic tale, even Peter Pan had to grow up. Every childhood must end.

But the joys of yesteryear should never be forgotten.

With Windows 10's unified platform, Microsoft's mobile OS is growing up. If Windows 10 Mobile is indeed the early stages of a mature OS, then the iterations before it must have been its childhood, a time when Microsoft was learning its mobile way. Many fans were won over to the platform during its youth based on a range of features that the OS has apparently outgrown.

In this piece, I am simply reminiscing on things that are now gone that drew many fans like myself to Windows Phone. No deep analysis. No profound arguments. Just a trip down memory lane.

With Windows 10 Mobile's arrival via the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, I deemed this a relevant time for an ode to Windows Phone 8. The platform is growing up.

My journey to Windows Phone

I loved Windows Phone 8. Yes, I know that we are finally on the path of a unified OS with Windows 10/Mobile. And yes I am a tech writer who has and will continue to extol the merits of that progress. But I have not forgotten what got us here. Nor have I forgotten what drew me into the Windows Phone ecosystem. I'm not so enamored with everything that Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform brings that I don't miss what was lost in the process.

I bought my first smartphone in 2006. A Cingular 2125, a device sporting Windows Mobile 5.0. By the end of 2011, after an ATT Tilt and ATT Tilt II, both sporting Windows Mobile, I was at a crossroads.

My ATT contract was up, and I wanted a new phone.

Note, the first round of Windows Phones did not impress me. My first impressions of Windows Phone 7 were negative. I didn't like the direction Microsoft was going with Live Tiles. Additionally, the new OS' incompatibility with Windows Mobile apps did not sit well with me.

Moreover, in my estimation, the powerful, hackable, make-it-what-I-want-it Windows Mobile OS that I knew and loved had been exchanged for un-customizable eye-candy designed to cater to a consumer base spoiled by the iPhones you-get-what-they-ship OS. I was a power user, I didn't need pretty or easy.

But as I began researching what phone would replace my ATT Tilt II three devices drew my attention. The Android-powered Samsung's Galaxy SII, Galaxy Note, and the HTC Titan powered by Windows Phone 7.5.

Though I was not initially impressed with Windows Phone 7, the 500 OS updates coming with 7.5 intrigued me. I was also drawn into the Windows Phone "glance and go" narrative. Furthermore, the utility of the Live Tiles as a "tangible" way to interact with information from the Start Screen began looking to me like the foreshadows of futuristic interaction with pure data as seen in the movie Minority Report.

Live Tiles were suddenly cool to me.

Combined with a deluge of other information about the platform, I was sold. So, I passed on the Android devices and bought the 4.7" HTC Titan sporting the digital work of art Windows Phone 7.5. And I loved it.

In 2013, I got the Windows Phone 8 powered Lumia's 1020 and 1520. Everything that I loved about Windows Phone 7.5 was there in Windows Phone 8 and then some.

In April of 2014, I upgraded my 1520 to Windows Phone 8.1. I, and thousands of other fans got Cortana and a host of other goodies but lost some of the things that we loved about Windows Phone. The OS was growing up.

If Windows 10 Mobile is the mature early adult stage of Microsoft's phone OS, Windows Phone 8.1 would represent the adolescent years where some of the pleasures of childhood are invariably lost.

I haven't forgotten the joys of Windows Phone 8 however. As a matter of fact, my Lumia 1020 is still running that OS. I refuse to let it grow up.

Me and my tile

One of my favorite features of Windows Phone 8 (and earlier) is the Me tile. As Windows Phone veterans know, this tile functioned as the control center for the device. Users' social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, were linked to the Me Tile and users could interact with those platforms directly from the OS. This allowed a number of functions.

One, social media alerts were displayed on the Me Tile on the Start screen. Furthermore, diving into the Me Tile allowed users to post updates to one or more of his/her social media accounts directly from that interface.

Now I understand that developers have provided apps that, through extensibility, replicate this native function of the OS. I am simply expressing what I loved and what was lost.

Additionally, though we lacked a proper Notification Center, the Me Tile did aggregate all of our connected social media notifications. I enjoyed having all notifications relevant to me located in that one place on the phone centered on me as the user.

Furthermore, the Me Tile was the apex of Microsoft's people-centric vision for this platform. It placed the user at the center of the entire OS and UI. This made proactively posting social network content, viewing it and even interacting with posts shared by others something that could be facilitated by that single interface without the need of opening an app.

I miss the social network integrated power of the Me Tile.

Social butterfly and Contacts

No platform did social network integration better than Windows Phone. As an advocate for the platform, like Ben Rudolph and his Window Phone Challenge, I often used this platform feature to show off the OS.

Before Windows Phone 8.1, there seemed to be no distinction between where the OS ended, and social networks began.

For instance, when selecting a contact from the People Hub, the theme color for the OS remained constant. The text and other presented content were all that changed. This gave the sensation that the user was still in the same environment, and the new information was simply being displayed in that constant environment. The UI was a visually consistent backdrop for new information.

Additionally, Microsoft's people-centric motif was very evident when navigating a contact's card. A swipe to the right brought up the familiar (and still present) "What's New" section that displays the contacts social media feed.

However, in Windows Phone 8, a user could interact with any of that content without being shunted off to an app. Commenting on or even liking a post was possible directly from the OS. I miss that.

I also miss being able to swipe to the right a second time revealing the Photo's section for that contact. Here, a user could view, tag, and comment on a contact's photos that have been shared to Facebook. Again the experience was so well integrated into the OS that it literally looked and felt native to the device. Yes, I miss that too.

People Hub and no room for Rooms

Some operating systems have a simple address book. Windows Phone has the People Hub. The hub was designed to bring everything about a person into one place. By drawing on social network connections, the hub provided a comprehensive view of a contact. It was designed to be a one-stop-shop for communication eliminating the need to use separate apps to communicate with a person.

The goal was a people-centric rather than app-centric model.

After entering the People Hub, a few swipes to the right brought us to Live Tiles representing Rooms and Groups. Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 still have groups. However, there seems to be no room for Rooms on Microsoft's mobile platform.

Rooms allowed users like my family to utilize a common space to share notes, a calendar, photos and even a chat room. We found it very useful when planning an event since we could use it to provide a common note, share a calendar and engage in real-time group chats. Rooms was a very robust tool with a highly personal touch. It brought people together and helped us to get things done. In my family, "Rooms" is sorely missed.

Get the message

I can't overemphasize Microsoft's previous people-focused over an app-focused model. Messaging likely exemplifies this theme more than any other feature. When looking at a person's contact card a user could see all of the ways that he could communicate with that person. The Messaging Hub incorporated SMS, Messenger, and Facebook Messenger.

Thus when a user was Facebook messaging a contact, for example, the communication was facilitated through the hub, not a separate app. If the contact went offline, simply switching to SMS communication, or MSN Messenger, within the messaging interface would allow you to continue your dialogue with that person within the same conversation stream.

Messaging tools in Windows Phone 8 were centered around the person. A user didn't have to chase an app to find a user. He selected the contact, and the communication tools were integrated around that person.

Microsoft has brought this feature back with Skype (Text and Video) in Windows 10/Mobile. This is great news. I still miss the ability to communicate with friends with Facebook Messenger via the hub, however.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Finally, the pre-Windows Phone 8.1 Picture's Hub in my opinion bares a beautiful aesthetic that later versions of the OS I suppose have outgrown.

Some studies claim that how a product makes you feel impacts levels of satisfaction. When I open the Photos Hub on my Windows Phone 8 device, where one of my photos is the background image, I honestly feel better about that experience than when I open Photos on a Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile device that propels me into a functional yet visually uninspiring environment.

Moreover, like the rest of the OS, the Photos Hub was deeply integrated with a user's social networks in Windows Phone 8. Thus, there was a live stream of photos from social network contacts within the Photos Hub.

Additionally, a user could access, view, and interact with photo albums shared to social media by their contacts right directly from the Photos Hub. I miss the Photos Hub.

Going Forward

Windows Phone 8.1 brought many updates to the platform that put Windows Phone on par with the competition. Windows 10 Mobile, with its single core and Universal Platform, arguably propels the OS beyond iOS and Android. Microsoft's phone OS has grown up.

With that maturity, it seems that Microsoft has deemed some things unnecessary, incompatible or irrelevant to their mobile future. I don't think I'm alone in acknowledging an embrace of the future, while just as with one's childhood, lamenting the loss of irretrievable joys of the past.

That said, my 1520 and future Lumia 950 XL will march boldly into the future with Windows 10 Mobile. But I love Windows Phone 8, and my Lumia 1020 may never grow up.

What aspects of Windows Phone do you miss most?

Jason L Ward is a columnist at Windows Central. He provides unique big picture analysis of the complex world of Microsoft. Jason takes the small clues and gives you an insightful big picture perspective through storytelling that you won't find *anywhere* else. Seriously, this dude thinks outside the box. Follow him on Twitter at @JLTechWord. He's doing the "write" thing!

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  • Thank for reading! So what are your thoughts. What features from Window Phone do you miss that are not part of Windows Mobile? Please note that for either technical reasons that Microsoft has explained, external reasons such as Facebook’s stance on its services OS level integration or other forces, the following many features are no longer part of the platform, or are present in a lesser capacity and will likely never return. There have been posts explaining many of these changes. But this is an Ode to a platform that we loved and we have stuck by for 5 years. What are your thought!?!
  • i miss the facebook integrated messaging. Great article by the way.
  • I didn't really care much about anything else they got rid of except the photos hub and I agree with pretty much everything you have to say about it
  • There arent many things that I miss from WP8.1, but social integration and the original People app were my favorite features from 8.1. But I'm with Microsoft for the approach of Windows 10 Mobile and I'm excited what new possibilities comes with the new information of getting internal excess to Windows Mobile.
  • Integrated Facebook messenger :|
  • You've captured quite a few of the aspects that I love.  And my 1020 will never "grow up", either.  Although, I absolutely believe that Windows 10 is de-evolution, NOT growth.  I'm positively convinced that Windows 10 was the direct result of listening to people who like Android and iOS.  I believe that we'd be seeing a further exploitation of the potential that originally existed in WP7 and WP8 if Satya Nadella and some of his other "useful idiots" hadn't been put in charge.  Windows Phone use to be gorgeous, smooth and integrated.  Now it's just ugly, jerky and disintegrated.  I absolutely loved Windows Phone.  I simply TOLERATE Windows 10.
  • Agreed. Windows 10 on Wp is the first time i have not been excited about a software update... I started on this journey with a Samsung focus and every update made the phone a little better. Now I feel like I have a buggy android phone with less apps and a good camera. Hanging on to 8.1 till I get a new phone.
  • Yes, I think a lot of insiders can agree that eve though they are holding out hope because of the nostalgia created by WP 7, 7.5, & 8 that it will continue, But we can see that even as early as Windows Phone 8.1 that some things were headed in a wrong direction when they took away certain aspects of the OS. Even with all the additions you could see that microsoft didn't do a good job with retention of the features and aspects of the OS that made WP beautiful and great. They never started removing features that people enjoyed until WP8.1 and with 10 Mobile, they've taken a lot of steps back with all of the changes they made at the moment as far as what made WP great up to this point. It doesn't have that feel anymore and this article states that eloquently without stepping on the toes of the new update. Read between the lines of this article, and you can see that Jason is an extremely positive, nice guy. I do miss how seemless the music player worked and also the people hub. I remember the functionality was the biggest thing that 8.1 gave us. The music player was big. Even though groove music is an amazing app, the original XBOX/Zune music was flawless! Just needed some gapless playback and i think a couple of other things. Other than that, absolutley worked as good as any app on any phone could work. And if you remember the early reviews on WP, the music player was a huge plus!
  • I can't like this reply enough. Spot on!! 
  • I completely agree. I loved the zune music player and it got worse when it sent over the Xbix music player. I really believe that Windows and BlackBerry 10 OS are the best on the market. People are to caught up on their apps to even consider either of the two. Apps should not make or break what makes a OS. It should be how it functions on it's own without having to download several apps just to get it to do one thing. BlackBerry and Windows had a lot of built in functionality for social messaging no apps needed. People just like what's hip and . They don't have a mind of there own. Not to mention, Windows along with BlackBerry have by far the best virtual keyboards.
  • The Windows OS seems to have a lot of similarities with BB10 which I like. I was a bit dissapointed with the social integration always launching an app though. I think having it in a hub is much better.  I remember when BB10 launched and it had a ton of features missing that you would think should be common place. Over time, alot of them came back as it grew. Perhaps Windows 10 OS will be the same? I've been a Blackberry user for quite a long time and needed a phone to bridge the gap until my Classic gets repaired. I just got a Lumia 550 yesterday and I am quiet impressed with the OS. It is missing some features I'm used to, but overall, it seems to be fairly fluid on an entry level device. I've found that the app selection is decent as well, all the main ones are there. As nice as it was on BB10 to load Android apps, it's nice to have some of these apps being built for the device I'm using. I've played around with Android phones and the iPhone, but Windows Phones seem to be the best alternative for me. If BB ever does build an Android phone with all the BB10 functionality, then I would obviously try it.  Would like to see the Messaging Hub on Windows Phone return some of these features of the past! MAybe in time!
  • @ScubaDog! Dude.  Preach it!  On the money!  You say "de-evolution" I say re-gression from everything beautiful with WP 7.X and 8.X.  What they did to Windows Phone is more punishment rather than growing up.  It's like a wicked step-mother came in and took away all things good about Windows Phone.  I too will have to learn to tolerate Windows 10.  But it will take some time.
  • Agreed, while I like about the universality of Windows 10, there are (so) many features unique to Windows (Phone) that are missed. Now, it's just a mere of camera features and apps that will differ Androids, iPhones, and Windows 10s. I missed the deep integration of Facebook and Twitter. I don't care about what they said before about the reason of the feature removal (just because of API difference?), but if they have an idea of separating each of their social APIs, unique features into updateable system apps, then Windows 10 will be much better than now. MUCH.
  • completely agree here with the loss of an incredibly robust and intuitive phone OS in WP7.8.  But lets not forget that the Instagram experience, amongst many others, weren't available at all. which isn't great for a people centric phone now is it.
  • I agree with your "wicked stepmother" analogy, but I would add that the stepmother might be the only chance the child survives in a cruel world. Sometimes, cruelty is not a bad thing.
  • Scubadog: Heard!!
  • Ah the good old days. I have been on WP since day one. The only thing i miss it the astetics of windows phone 7.5. Zune looked awesome, pictures hub was beautiful. They changed some of the astetics that made the product so beautiful for increased discoverability and a more industry standard approach. I miss the old design. Other than that I am excited to get a 950xl.
  • Similar phone path but I ended up on Tmobile with an HD2 running both Windows 7 phone and Android. My 822 died after 2 years and I was given a 929 which is a poor excuse for a flagship. Simple funtions I got used to on the 822 were gone. It seems Windows Mobile is the platform of giving things up.
  • I find that when windows in general gives something, it always takes something else away.  I'm still struggling to use the piece of garbage browser known as edge, when in reality i was just fine using Metro IE.    On the mobile OS, i ran the insider on my 830, seems they took Caller ID name reading from it. (rings, then reads name or number, then rings again).  So i went back to 8.1.  I know that souds petty, but i just don't know why instead of just leaving us options, they have to eliminate the old one.    If windows 10 mobile is anything like i experienced last month when i had the insider preview, we are good 6 months from 10 being stable.  
  • How to activate caller id reading in WP 8.1?
  • Goto settings, ease of access, then turn on "speech for phone acessibility".   No clue what genius put it there, it used to be called CLI or something like that.  God forbid they just put it under ringtones.    
  • Its not there in ease of access. Rather it has narrator and magnifier setting in ease of access
  • Ugh, don't get me started on Edge.  I find that I much prefer Metro IE on both the phone and the PC/tablet. 
  • *Nostalgic*
  • I really like Windows Phone, but I miss webOS more.
  • WebOS was an amazing OS. Imagine if microsoft would've taken that, and integrated it with windows phone!
  • They would have taken it and destroyed it, just like they have done with Windows Phone.
  • That would've been the effect of the low sells and trying to listen to the consumers. Just like WP7.5/8 died, any other OS would have died too. The market favors app-centric OSes. No amount of work would have helped against that.
  • Agreed!  webOS ist still my favorite.  My journey: Pre+ with webOS 1.4.5.1>Pre2 with webOS 2.2.4>HTC Trophy with WP7.8>Lumia 928 with WP8.1>Lumia 929 with WP10 Nexus 7 2013 running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and iPhone 6S Plus from work
  • Nothing beats webOS.. As an OS it was simply perfect
  • Me Tile and opaque app tiles :_(
  • the opaques tiles are still there and in fact you can even adjust the opacity. just set a backround picture and then adfust in settings.
  • Oh god! You really assumed I didn't know about that?! I was just startled when I read your reply. It's like you're telling a college student what alphabets are. By "opaque tiles" I meant that these days every new app released or old apps updated for Windows Mobile have only a transparent tile. Whereas I also need some opaque tiles to enhance my creative Start screens. Look at this and you'll understand what I meant to say --> http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-10-mobile/340515-30.htm#post331...
  • It still doesn't make any sense :p
  • What?
  • You ummed it up petty well these were the features that made wp different. And we loved it
  • What we really hate is the new design language. Pivots was what drew me to wp, but hamburgers.....
  • Yes!!!!! Pivots are awesome.  Hamburger menus are garbage.
  • WP8.0 was so beautiful.  I was a late bloomer to WP, I was a symbian nut until the 920 and wp8 came out.  Fundamentally different than Symbian, iOS and Android, which is why I loved it.  8.1 broke my heart.  So much of what was great about 8.0 was lost, though I did love the action centre and cortana.  But just about everything else I wasn't too keen on.  W10 is even worse.  Though what choice really do I have?  Gonna have to move to w10m eventually.  Just moved my desktop over.  Still holding onto 8.1 on my surface though.   
  • I am so much like you. When I moved from Symbian to Windows phone, Lumia Amber update was already available for phones. I just used to use my sister's Lumia 800 for some droolings :P
  • never got around to getting into windows 8 phone. windows 7.8 was great as is. in fact, still using it to this day.
  • i miss nokia's messaging feature " FLASH SMS" i really miss that feature , sms use to pop out directly on screen and then never goes to inbox, hope that feature may return in lumia again
  • I miss having the historical information for a contact, seeing when they'd emailed or phoned. I really don't see why Microsoft need to remove these features completely rather than offering a choice to consumers.
  • OMG - I read this and had to check on my 950. You are right. The contact history is gone! Why? Why? I am seriously running out of reasons to stick with this platform. Things I love are taken away and nothing I love is added. Seriously, how many people want to be responsible for leading someone off of Android or IOS onto this platform? I'm still here only because I don't know what I'm missing. You cannot keep reinventing the experience. You are bringing no one new to the platform and causing loyalists to leave in frustration. You keep tearing down and have no loyalist base to build upon.
  • Seriously? One more reason I'm climbing back on the fence about 'upgrading' from my 920. It's killing me, but I am seriously considering the iPhone (gaak!).
  • I had a Cingular 2125!! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. So I wasn't by myself? lol Seriously, well sort of, since I am not THAT serious about much, I really enjoy your articles Jason. Love the lack of vitriol as you document. Sure wish I would have left W8 on one of my 1520's. Me and the wife used the ME feature and the room feature and loved it. I currently run 8.1 on a 1520, 10586.11 on another 1520, and 10586.0 on my new 950XL. I'm having a ball riding the Windows Mobile Horse. I think I always have too. No other explanation for doing so, is there? :) Cheers
  • Its so well written, I just felt like someone has read my mind and is saying them loudly. I even miss Zunes's interface
  • Hey jason ward....can you please write another post to tell ppl about their user voice to vote and bring back wp8 features...as we need mass ppl to vote tp bring back gorgeous wp design rather then android styled wp 10...
  • It won't happen
  • I was totally reminded that the W10M messaging App doesn't hold a candle to its predecessor.
  • There are some technical things about Windows 10 Mobile that are vastly superior to 7x and 8x, but the UX design is inferior in pretty much every way.
  • +1
  • The technical things don't matter squat if we hate using the system.
  • PREACH!
  • Everything that was great about Windows Phone in 7x and 8x is gone now, save Live Tiles, which now have a reduced role. Consequence? I've abandoned Windows Phone and moved on to Android.
  • Totally agree. I immediately fell in love with WP 7.5 when I traded my iPhone 3G for an HTC Titan. It was the most beautiful, well integrated experience at the time. The 3 main things that made Windows Phone unque and "better" for me were the Zune experience, Pictures Hub and People Hub. I was amazed how well integrated the Zune player was. When playing a song, your lock screen would actually fill with the album art in a very pleasing way. You could even like/dislike individual songs and it would sync back to your Zune app on the desktop. Then there was the integrated podcast player, also syncing your podcasts between phone and desktop. The PIctures Hub was also great. I could browse my camera roll, Facebook albums, Flickr, all in one place. The background was beautiful and vibrant. The People Hub and Me Tile were another big differentiator. Being able to see all your interactions with a contact in one place as well as their social media updates was fantastic. I used the Me Tile all the time to post updates to Facebook and Twitter without having to open a separate app. When WP 8.0 came out, I got a Lumia 920. A few things were gone, but it was still recognizable as Windows Phone. I was so happy with the hardware and the camera, that I didn't miss 7.5 too much. It was 8.1 where my love affair with Windows Phone ended. The things that made it unique, different, and better were gone. Zune was gone, Podcasts was now a separate, buggy and useless app. Pictures and People hubs were neutered. Yes, we now had Cortana and Action Center, but that didn't make up for the functionality we lost. How can you give users so much in one release and then take it away without expecting a negative reaction?  Sadly, when I replaced my 920 earlier this year, I decided to try out Android. I got an ASUS Zenfone 2 and that is now my daily driver. I still don't love Android, but it is the practical choice. I access to the apps I need (bank, credit card) which are missing on Windows Phone, and the apps are updated regularly. On Windows Phone 8.1 there were a lot of apps which were rarely or never update. There were apps which were two or three versions behind their iOS and Android counterparts. It became a forgotten and abandoned platfform for many developers. Microsoft has a history of releasing great products and then letting them die on the Vine: Zune, Windows Media Center, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Photo Gallery, ... I really hope Windows 10 succeeds. I use it daily on the desktop and I am happy with it. I miss the integration I had with the phone, but I am not ready to commit to another  2 year contract with a platform which may or may not be supported in the near future. I will keep an eye on it, and if things change I will gladly switch back.  
  • Integrated Facebook messaging is the thing I miss most. I too was at the same crossed roads when it was time to upgrade my Tilt II w/ winmo 6.5. I ultimately went with the Samsung focus, learned to live with the things I wasn't fond of and moved on. The only thing I really need now is the ability to make skype voice calls to non skype users from within native dialer, as opposed to the skype app. Unless od course this is already possible and I haven't figured it out yet??
  • Nice article. You nailed it! Facebook integration (messenger & hubs) is what I miss the most. Also local scout. I know most of everything that local scout offered is still here but I miss the hub feel of it in WP7. It also makes me sad that all of the awesome "smoked by windows phone " videos that Ben made don't seem possible with windows 10 mobile.
  • Great article.. I really loved the interface.. It was different.. I miss it. Even the clear black background is something i miss.. Simple and efficient. For the Me tile installing Multishare has made me miss the integrated functions lesser, but it's still there.. Moreover since FB and others changed their API or whatever to not support integration other than their own app for whatever security concerns. Nice article.. Nostalgic.
  • Really sad for loss of the Rooms feature with no clear replacement.  That is really the biggest feature that instantly won my wife over to the platform as it was a seemless simple tool for organising our lives (calendar and notes especially - less specific use for the messages).  She has also set up a room for her and her mum to manage kids photos and videos. Loss of Rooms is really the biggest blocker for upgrading my family to new devices and Windows 10! At the moment we have a system that works.  When we 'upgrade' we go backwards and need to find a new way of doing it. Fortunately the calendar and onedrive sharing still works but doesn't provide the update notifications on Start that Rooms provides.  Would love it if OneDrive and Calendar gave ability to request notifications for updates to elements that are shared with others.
  • FB integration was something I really used a lot and sometimes showcased to friends - I was like: If you only want to post a status, you can do it like this - tap, tap, type, done - see? When they announced the change of model to app connection for hubs I was hoping the connection will only happen on data level and the presentation will still be handled by the OS. Sadly that didn't happen and I don't use people hub the way I did before :/
  • Thank you for your ode, Jason Ward, after this article, I think I need to have both my Lumia 1020 that I have now the next years for the integration, and a 950 xl in my pocket, till these back steps parts