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Microsoft houdt functies Windows Phone 8 zelfs geheim voor fabrikanten

6811.IMG_5542_thumb_4FD6F994.jpgOp Unwiredview.com komen we een opmerkelijk artikel tegen die Mobile Review blogger Eldar Murtazin heeft geschreven op zijn website. Aldus hem zijn zelfs de OEM fabrikanten niet in staat om alle functies in Windows Phone 8 te gebruiken omdat Microsoft een groot deel van deze functies nog geblokkeerd heeft en alleen intern beschikbaar stelt.

Hij heeft aldus eigen zeggen al even met diverse devices kunnen spelen op de IFA beurs maar sommige functies waren gewoon geblokkeerd en hij kreeg enkel waarschuwingen naar boven. Dit zou dus beteken dat zelfs Samsung de ATIV S heeft moeten maken zonder echt te weten wat dit toestel straks allemaal daadwerkelijk kan. Het wordt kennelijk dus toch echt even wachten tot aanstaande woensdag als Nokia en Microsoft samen hun eerste toestellen zullen presenteren aan de wereld voordat we al het fijne zullen weten van Windows Phone 8.

"It is the first time as far as I can remember, that OEM prototypes are locked to special accounts inside Microsoft, and each device has its own activation key, tied to the unique number of each smartphone or tablet, and not an OEM employee. As far as security goes, Microsoft did an outstanding job – at IFA even those companies who allowed me to take a quick peek at their Windows Phone 8 devices said that most functions are blocked and are simply inaccessible. This was done at Microsoft – you press a menu and get a warning pop-up or nothing happens. It’s not because those functions are not there – it is because they [Microsoft] are not ready to show these functions even to partners. I do not remember such a draconian measures anywhere else – usually when you have a prototype, you can work with it. Some network/cloud functions might be absent or inaccessible – but you could check out what you have, more or less. Today, even people who work for OEMs do not really know what they have in Windows Phone 8, because they only learn about the platform from the same Microsoft presentations, but can not try all the features live. It is a unique situation, when OEMs are working on hardware, but have absolutely know influence on software. The hubs they are working on are in fact separate programs/apps, that do not interfere at all with the main functionality.

    The closest analogy would be an artisan who is working on a body for a standard car chassis. He knows the size of the car, engine and transmission specs, but has no idea what a car interior will look like and what will they put inside. He knows that the interiors for every other artisan be the same and the only way for him to stand out – is to create the great finish/external covers. Furthermore, he will only learn how well his finish fits the overall car design at the last moment, when it is already to late to change anything."

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