Samsung Focus is Coming to Rogers

The first Windows Phone 7 is coming to Rogers in the form of a Samsung Focus smartphone. Think of it as the Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone but infused with Windows Phone 7’s goodness along with some minor hardware changes.

I like the fact that it has a 4″ touchscreen and 512MB of RAM with Samsung’s 1GHz processor. That’s a lot to drool for and hours spent day dreaming about.

That being said, I am up for a device upgrade on Rogers and the arrival of the Samsung Focus on Rogers is imminent. Should I upgrade to the first Windows Phone 7 to land in Canada or pick another Android smartphone? Of course both platforms have their pros and cons and I can’t hide the fact that Windows Phone 7 has more cons than pros compared to Android. But still, there is something attractive about Windows Phone 7 that acts as a serious gravitational pull towards it.

It’s going to be a hard decision.

Apple Mac is getting an App Store

No surprise there. I knew it was coming sooner or later. The idea has been roaming the internet for years ever since an App Store was released to the first generation iPhone. But what bothers me is that no other operating system acted fast enough to implement this idea before Apple. I am talking mostly about Microsoft here since it’s the only company that has enough resources to make it happen. I mean, think of the millions of Windows applications available world wide. The massive Microsoft Certified developers population deserve a repository from which they submit their applications to and make it available worldwide and also make profit from. That would most certainly allow their applications to reach a lot more people than if they would market them independently.

Yet, Apple made it first…again. Their innovation surpasses many larger companies that I could think of. The number of Apple Mac applications is barely a fraction of all Windows based applications yet they still manage to make it first in the game in releasing a desktop application store, which is quite embarrassing to Microsoft in my opinion. And you know what? The number of Mac Apps will start sky rocketing when the Mac App Store rolls out specially knowing that Mac developers can take advantage of Apple’s iAds in their applications.

That being said, guess who’ll be copying Apple with releasing their own App Store for their #1 operating system?

Goodbye Windows Live Spaces

So it’s official. No more Windows Live Spaces. They’re shutting down and moving the service to WordPress. I am actually very delighted to hear that because the Windows Live team did a bad job in keeping the platform up to date and applying the millions of requests their users were submitting. Why a million of requests? Because the blogging module sucked. As a matter of fact, it sucked so bad that I stopped blogging.

I am not going to mention the thousands of issues and annoyances I had with Windows Live Spaces, I am just glad my blog has been moved to WordPress. So, thank you Windows Live for moving my content. It was a fast and easy process which took less than a minute of my time.

Discover your new ‘unchanged’ Windows Live Space!

It’s always great to read and see all the new changes done to Windows Live services recently but I have to admit that whatever was done on the Windows Live Spaces side isn’t what I hoped for. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am certainly grateful for all the polishing and silver plating that was done on Spaces, but that’s not what it lacked or needed the most (at least in my opinion).

What about more functionality? More features? More options for bloggers? More options under commenting? We still don’t have tagging for blog posts yet on the site? More ‘good looking’ themes? And I am sure other users can come up with many other requests in a heart beat.

I love using my Windows Live Spaces account and I love to blog often on it. But I am missing a lot of blogging options that has been available on other popular and free blogging platforms for a long time now.

When will Windows Live Spaces add extra useful features and, more specifically, update their dated blog module?

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Error on Windows Live SkyDrive

I’ve been trying to access my private picture albums (available only to me) that I created a few days ago on SkyDrive but every time I click on an album it gives me the following error on a totally blank white page:

Error

Windows Live SkyDrive

I wonder if this is a known problem that is related to the last update or is it something only happening to me (which I really doubt). I am not in a rush to access those albums, but I am sure many users out there would be disappointed if they couldn’t access their private albums.

Update: Well, I tried again a few moments later and it seems to be working fine and showing no errors. It could have something to do with IE8 Beta that I am using.

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