Anaron, on 21 March 2013 - 04:33, said:
Unfortunately, WP8 and Windows 8 aren't "connected". The platforms won't move closer together until the release of WP Blue. And that's after GDR2 and GDR3 so I doubt we'll see it this year.
This is what annoys me. We are always waiting for some big release with Microsoft and they always take forever to execute their launches.. The OP is right, Microsoft had talked all about the integration or the experience that is shared across W8 and WP8. Even Skype was supposed to have integration. But then we find out that what Skype uses for integration is just the basic SDK capabilities that any VOIP app can take advantage of.
There is no Skype integration in WP8, actually the Messaging app still connects to Messenger instead, and because Skype users can talk to Messenger users, your contacts fill up with tons of duplicate contacts because some contacts are just talking through their Skype instead of through their Messenger account. They left it this way in the Messaging app but discontinued Windows Live Messenger...
Plus I don't always receive calls for Skype when I'm not in the app... Sometimes it goes straight to my Skype voicemail. So that Skype integration was a big joke. And Microsoft isn't even updating the Skype app for WP7.8 so they can login with their Microsoft accounts like WP8 users can.
When I was expecting Microsoft to integrate WP8 and W8, I was expecting more along the lines of being integrated straight into the start screen on W8...like text messages coming through on both devices so you can just message back on a tablet to whoever is texting your phone. Maybe even phone settings or other things could've been integrated much better. But all we get is a Windows Phone app that is inferior to Zune in almost everyway.
And all the first-party apps for W8 suck, and they could have more functionality in the apps on WP8 by now too... If there waiting for **Windows Blue**, I might be getting a Nexus soon because I can't wait for Microsoft forever. We need updates like Mango every 3 to 6 months with more innovative major updates once a year. I still can't believe it took so many months for NoDo to bring copy and paste...