[sc:mobile-category ]Recently a thread on the Windows Phone UserVoice site brought up an interesting topic, where are the updates to WP8?
The just of the reply from Joe Belfiore was “be patient!”. That really kind of ticked me off. We’ve been patient, we’ve been waiting since WP7 for many of the simple features found on other phones with no movement on any of them. Sure he’s basically saying that a lot of development time is being taken up by keeping the underpinnings in line with new hardware, but come on, a little bit of time on the UI surly can’t be that taxing.
How about just throwing us a bone, a couple of simple things surly are easy enough to do. How about some profiles for ringtones and alerts? How about a better calendar view (maybe a weekly view?)? How about feature parity with Outlook for creating new recurring calendar entries? How about being able to set alert settings per app instead of just the big bucket of “All other notifications”?
These are the kind of thing that you can assign a single developer to do and they’ll get it done in a day or two. Maybe a week at most for something like the recurring calendar stuff.
Microsoft wants us to believe that they can’t manage to do two things at once. That they are so resource constrained that the only thing they can do is upgrade the underpinnings to support new hardware. I’m sorry, when you’re fighting tooth and nail to get market share you don’t have the option to ignore half of the work you need to do.
Seriously MS, open the pocketbook and spend some of that almost 5 BILLION dollars you earned last quarter and hire a few more programmers to throw at the WP UI team.