> What's a real shame is that the average smartphone consumer will be hurt most if this goes through, but that they're unaware of the issue and the implications. The irony is that they have the power to vote with their wallets, but won't know that they need to.
I kinda doubt that. If the average consumer was interested in using something other then a Windows OS they wouldn't be purchasing Windows phones, would they?
I know I am suppose to be all upset and bothered buy this, but I can't for the life figure out why shipping a locked down Windows is any worse then shipping a locked down Android phone, Kindle, or a iPhone or a iPod.
The whole thing strikes me a kinda silly. I read the article and their analysis and I was thinking to myself 'Sooo.. exactly why this is so tragic?'. I mean it's generally bad that these devices are locked down, but I fail to see what Microsoft is doing is any worse then what anybody else is doing.
At least they are only interested in locked down their already closed source software. It's not like Apple or many Android vendors that lock down open source using software written by other groups.