I might have a solution for your missing desk top on Windows 10.
1. Go to "settings"
2. Go to "Personalization"
3. Go to "Start"
4. Toggle off "Use Start Full Screen"
I found that turning this off and then pressing "tablet mode" my desktop is there
I'm not one to jump carriers either, I'm happy with my Rogers services, its more the cost that may be an issue at some point in the future.
As for the Xbox games, they are stand alone Xbox games for your phone. I have 2 stand alone Halo games on my phone that are obviously Xbox, Tiny Troopers and Tiny Troopers 2. All those games have their own achievements and will improve my gamer score. Ugh that sucks about losing your gamerID
Although I do agree with your point about Microsoft being the manufacturer of the device/hardware and OS, I also interested to see what companies like like Sony, HTC, and Samsung throwing their hat in the ring to see what they can do with windows 10. I was kinda mad when the HTC ONE M8 for Windows wasn't available in Canada. However I do know there were issues with non lumia phones not getting updates or fixes because carriers/OEM's didn't issue updates for those devices.
As far as the naming, I think all the devices are Microsoft branded and Nokia can start making phones again in 2016.
Let's just hope for Flagship phones to come out.
It's not about competition right now for Windows.
It's about catching up to them and surviving the pit falls created by Android and iPhones.
If users start moving towards Windows, great.
One of the biggest and Easiest way to get users using your product, make it cross-platform. Make it able to handle all apps.
And Microsoft is trying to do that, get developers to make apps for their product.
Developers are .... sometimes silly to me. (refusing to be cross-platform)
I would gladly make apps for iPhone, Android and Windows... infact even for Blackberry.
Because I would be considered a premium cross-platform developer. So the users of my app would get my app out of security that they will never lose the app if they switch brands.
That's what alot of current users feel as iPhone owners. The phone cages them to Apple Ecosystem. Not going to get cuffed by their mass-control strategy. ha.
Oh there will be flagships! I think it will just depend on what the carriers will offer vs microsoft store. Like I mentioned before I think we will see the 950 offered by carriers and the XL offered unlocked by Microsoft. Only time will tell though
I think Microsoft is going a different route in regards to how they are catching up to Android and iPhones. Before with Windows Phone 8 it was about market share and apps etc. Now it isn't about that. For Microsoft its seems they are focusing on services for all mobile operating systems. Not only that but they are really trying to turn our mobile devices into mini computers with Contiuum. I really feel like they are starting to change the game when it comes to mobile computing. Like you said the biggest and easiet way to get people to use your product is making it cross platform.
If I had the know-how I'd make apps for all platforms too. Just seems dumb to have that attitude, but what do I know.
What do you know? A LOT! lol
I am excited and waiting for it, hoping that the price point will be low. well, Lower than Android/iPhone.
so I can buy it out right.
But then again, I will spend more if it gives more. (functionality, camera 14+MP, etc etc)
I was just stung by cool-ness...
I was stepping away from Android (Samsung) - but then I saw their Gear S2 -__-" Now I want that so badly.
Only works with 'select' androids. (Samsung and Other brands).
Wish it worked with Windows - I don't know why it wouldn't, but meh.
Note 5 is something I want, but I either have to go Cloud service or wait for a expanded internal memory (32GB for OS, APPS & Media - just isn't enough IMO)
Really hoping htis 950 you speak of is - something considering without doubts.
Are specs out for it already? I didn't look it up - or just rumours thus far?
Hard to say at this point about the pricing. They are flagship devices so I think they will not be as expensive as iPhones (always most expensive) but maybe be in the same ball park as the Galaxy S6 line. The price will help convince people or deter them from upgrading or even switching all together.
As for the Gear S2, is that a smartwatch? I hope Microsoft will make the band available here in Canada after the presentation in October.
As for the RUMOURED specs for the 950 and 950XL this is what I'm able to find...
As you can see from the specs both devices will have removable batteries and expandable storage.
Here is a link to supposed photos of the new flagships
Qi Wireless is amazing. It has been around since 2012 when the Lumia 920 was released. Had to buy a wireless charger in the U.S. as I couldn't find any accessories for my phone here. Now you can buy it through the microsoft store.
Infrared is for retinal scanning that is a part of the windows hello security. No fingerprints, device will scan your eye(s) to unlock the device.
As for the camera pod I think all it means is that there is metal around the camera area on the device.
I didn't watch the Apple announcement. Just read some blogs about it. To be honest I don't think Apple is all that innovating anymore. I really don't give it as much time as I used to when I was a Apple fan boy. Not only that but have you seen the pricing for the phones? The 16GB unlocked version is $899 CAD. If you want the 6S Plus its going to cost you $1029. Wow.
Oh that sounds like a cool smartwatch!
I know, but its a way for them to enfold you into the environment and make it harder for people to switch. At least with MS if I decide to go back to another OS/device, the MS services are there waiting for me.