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Doug's Mailbag: Internet Doom and Gloom?, Win Phone 7 Annoyance

Here is some reader mail on the ultimate demise of IPv4 Internet addresses:

It is no different, Doug, than the switch to digital TV. It took the federal government setting a hard deadline to get the industry to make the move. Still, there are millions of analog TVs in the market that cable systems will have to support for the foreseeable future.

Millions were spent mitigating Y2K which would not have had to be spent if people had begun preparing for Y2K in the decades leading up to that hard deadline.

ISVs and OEMS slowness to adopt to Vista was what ultimately doomed that OS.

When they have to switch to IPv6, the will – and not a minute sooner. Will it cost millions more than it should? Yes! Late adopters invariably cost themselves millions more than they save by putting off the introduction of new technology.
-Marc

Internet Service Providers are not ready to support IPv6 to customers. I have talked with my AT&T representative many times about IPv6 and if they had it on their core network. They don't and are not supporting it yet.

SOOOO, this is a no starter for those with service providers that don't support it yet.
-Daryl

Here's one reader's preliminary complaint on the Windows Phone 7 platform:

I believe I have had every version of Windows Mobil released. For Microsoft to say Windows Phone 7 won't allow me to use my own flash card and not allow me to browse the phone from my own computer (so I could put my own songs on or grab my own pics without going through their network) really rubs me wrong. They are bound and determined to lose long-time customers like myself.
-Bill

Share your thoughts with the editors of this newsletter! Write to dbarney@redmondmag.com. Letters printed in this newsletter may be edited for length and clarity, and will be credited by first name only (we do NOT print last names or e-mail addresses).

Posted by Doug Barney on August 09, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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Mon, Aug 9, 2010 Den Kansas City, MO

Microsoft is likely to lose a lot of customers with Windows Phone 7 before all is said and done. I've begun to see more positive reviews or opinions of WP7 lately; is this the result of Microsoft's marketing machine getting geared up, or just coincidence? The facts haven't changed, though. WP7 will not have backward compatibility with any previous versions apps, it will not have copy & paste, and it won't support multitasking of non-Microsoft apps. These three things, by themselves, are deal breakers for me. I don't think I'm alone in feeling this way. Market success or failure, ultimately, will depend on how willing the typical smartphone customer is to put up with the changes brought about by WP7, and whether its limitations are insignificant to whatever value it has for these customers. It's going to be an interesting few months between now and January 2011...

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