Windows Phone Central 144 - Windows Phone 8, Tablets and cats

We're back with Daniel Rubino, Jay Bennett and Rafael Rivera for another exciting recap of June's news. Last we checked there was a lot to discuss including Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.8, Surface tablets, Smart Glass and recent software releases. Plus we take your questions from our live chat.

So if you missed our July 4th live recording, you can tune in now or watch the HD video after the break, it's an epic discussion.

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Windows Phone Central podcast, episode 144 for 04 July, 2012

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Why does the video only have 1 audio channel, and it being the Right Channel (as apposed to the Left Channel?) More editing bugs???
  • I don't understand why people claim that there will be no more support for WP7 from app developers. Most of the apps don't realy need the new WP8 API's immediately, so why would devs cut themselves off from a large portion of their userbase? It seems like a bad strategy for developers to not support WP7 - unless they realy need native code in which case they don't have a choice. It's not only the users who get cut off from the WP8 apps, WP8 app developers also cut themselves off from what will be the majority of the WP user group at the time of the WP8 launch.
    Also, people keep complaining about Apple has a better support model, that they have never thrown their users under the bus like Microsoft has done now. I think this is just a false comparison. Apple has never changed their kernel for iOS so we don't know how they would have handled it. And if they do decide to change their kernel, it will be an even bigger problem for them as they have a far larger user base. The truth is, we are in an entirely unique situation here. Yes, Microsoft is taking a huge risk, but I don't believe that you can continue to seperate the desktop and mobile kernel as Apple claims. As hardware gets better and better, it seems stupid to keep those two things seperate so my guess is that at some point in the future Apple is also going to change the iOS kernel and I realy wouldn't want to be around when that happens.
  • Just wanted to follow up on the comment about IdentityMine being slow on updates. As you can imagine, the update frequency is not decided by us, but by the client. In the case of Twitter, we were mandated to create the initial version of the app. We can only suggest to the client to update the app and add new feature, but of course the final decision is theirs.