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We've finally made it into the month of October. For those of us excited about Windows Phone (and Surface, and Xbox, and...) then it's been a long time coming. It's hard to wait for the things you're excited about, right? Now that October is here, though, we are just weeks away from the Windows Phone 8 event that will hopefully provide us with whatever new features Microsoft has been hiding since their Windows Phone Summit earlier this year. 

I'm really hoping that there's plenty more to get excited about, especially when it comes to Microsoft's expanding ecosystem. 

But, the SDK for Windows Phone 8 has been out for a little while now, and since its release there have been two camps slowly developing. The first camp consists mainly of folks who believe that the SDK isn't the total, complete story for the next version of Microsoft's mobile operating system. While there's plenty to play around with, and new features therein that Microsfot hasn’t directly spoken about quite yet, it isn't the full picture. Some things are locked away. Hidden. Just waiting to be released. 

The other camp, and one that is growing in numbers I'm afraid, is the one that's filled with people who believe Windows Phone 8 isn't going to be that big of a jump over Windows Phone 7.5. Yes, there will be new features, but nothing that will absolutely blow away anyone, let alone people waiting to see if Windows Phone can compete against the likes of iOS or Android. 

It's this second camp that has me thinking about the content for this article. I know that I'm an optimistic when it comes to the mobile space, but I really do believe that Microsoft has something great in store for their BUILD conference at the end of the month. I (have to) believe that they are planning on unveiling new features that really stand out, even if they aren't necessarily "exclusive" to the Windows Phone platform. 

Because I'm not sure what Microsoft hopes to accomplish if they don't add anything that stands out. Hardware only goes so far.

Some of you might be thinking I believe Microsoft's Windows Phone is going to take the king of the hill spot from Apple's iOS based on the title, but that's not what I mean. I'm actually referring to evolutionary updates. More to the point, I'm wondering if Windows Phone is going to look the same as it does right now, for the most part, five years down the line. Just like iOS does, for the most part, five years after its inception. 

Windows Phone's user experience really is great, even if I can fully admit that it does get kind of boring after a little while. Especially if you're someone who likes to look at your phone. But, with that being said, I'm not sure if Microsoft can hope to make a real indention within the mobile space if they don't start adding must-have features and applications to their platform. And soon. With each new major revision of your platform, you need something to draw in new customers, as well as keep the ones who have already started using your services. 

So what are the features that I think Microsoft should announce at BUILD? Well, Microsoft could build something similar to Siri, I guess. That would be a nice addition to Windows Phone. However, I don't want a Siri competitor on my Windows Phone 8 device. I actually want something similar to Google Now. While Siri is great in her own way, if Microsoft could find a way to combine Siri and Google Now, and expand on the feature list, that'd be amazing. 

Here's what I want to know from you, Dear Reader. Do you think Microsoft is going to keep Windows Phone looking the same four years from now? And, if they do, do you think that will work for them, or against them? Or, do you think Windows Phone will even be around in four years? Let me know! 


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Philip Henric Sioson
Philip Henric Sioson WP!
SmithsLane
SmithsLane anytime i have ever seen someone using a windows phone i just laugh. i get why people like andoid but windows is a joke. This tread just shows the ignorant people who get on this website xD get on our leval son. team iPhone
John Baker
John Baker Android is my favorite but if I had to pick between the 2 it would be os
Matin Raj
Matin Raj Oh please. .... There is nothing much u can do with ios and in windows not much stuffs..n games. But hey wait. U forgot 1 more os that u can freely do almost everything. ANDROID.:-P
Tyler Kirchman
Tyler Kirchman A more flexible iOS not the new android. I would say webos is the new iOS
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Wezley Kjell Karlsen Windows
John Anthony
John Anthony Windows Phone
Itsok Imawelder
Itsok Imawelder niether! Android! linux baby
Anas Al-Hosni
Anas Al-Hosni Windows and Android
John Baker
John Baker I like android the best. Hands down
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CJ Jeffcoat ANDROID!!!!!!!!
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Han ? Takahashi Android..
Wais Hamidi
Wais Hamidi Neither. Blackberry Bold 9900 FTW.
Jannis Anderson
Jannis Anderson Wp
Magnus Larsson
Magnus Larsson WP
PJ James
PJ James Windows phones UI and OS is horrible. It does have cool features. Android is simply amazing, the customization tools and apps are simply amazing. However, iOS is te most fluid, easy to use OS out there. Android will compete. But iOS is more than solid with not that many errors.
James Matthews
James Matthews Windows Phone ftw!
Andrei Jelin
Andrei Jelin iOS
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling if those were my only choices id go without a cell phone
Lorne Shaggy Sloan
Lorne Shaggy Sloan Obviously, neither. Android all the way for the win.
William Smith
William Smith if they had close to the same apps ios and android had i wood get one! i loved my iphone but hated being tied down to itunes! im not made of money!
Ibnul Sharar
Ibnul Sharar OI! Why ask the same question all the time. It's clear that app-wise no-body is close to iOS and Windows phone as a whole is very cool. So, I choose Android. Hahah. ;)
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Windows Phone
Jonese Elnar
Jonese Elnar android...!!!!
Gwendolyn Suzanne Harris Kight
Gwendolyn Suzanne Harris Kight iOS.
Crispin Magana
Crispin Magana iOS. WINDOWS PHONE SUCKS!!!!!!!
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez iOS is still top performing OS hands down
Andrew Walenta
Andrew Walenta WP
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MinnieMouse Lovingu Waddell Windows phone
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson i just tried windows phone for the first time for about 2 weeks and i felt like i had no phone.. its not even comparable to iOS or android
Can Delil
Can Delil ios more fast but thinking much much is better for energy..
Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson Windows 9 :)
Patrick Phillips
Patrick Phillips iOS
Nick Rowan
Nick Rowan Android
Shawn Poling
Shawn Poling Im digging windows 8
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Val Dionela windows phone
Neil Matani
Neil Matani iOS is way better than Windows
Dilshan Karunarathne
Dilshan Karunarathne ios
Erik Fernandez
Erik Fernandez If the Note 2 came with WP8, it would be the phone to end all phones!!!!!
Ian Medina
Ian Medina iOS>Android>WindowsPhone
J Litz Van
J Litz Van I for one have never used an iPhone on a daily bases. So I would choose windows. I had a few windows phones before the whole, touch screen deal came into play & I loved them. So I would assume that the new version of windows is even better. Sadly I stay clear due to a lack of a micro SD card slot. IPhone/IOS is very limited to how you can customize the look & you're strong armed into using iTunes & you have to pay for advanced tech support with Apple & I just don't believe that's worth the hype of an iPhone.
Michael Ruiz
Michael Ruiz IOS
Brandon Moore
Brandon Moore IOS like duh. And some junk.
Nasif Chowdhury
Nasif Chowdhury Obiously ios
Nick LaSorsa
Nick LaSorsa Wp8
Teemu Tuomisto
Teemu Tuomisto iOS
Joshua Sanchez
Joshua Sanchez Windows phone is way better then ios
Tobias Svärdh
Tobias Svärdh wp8! Such a wonderful interface I love it!
Mihai Alex
Mihai Alex WP8
Josue Lazaro Delgado
Josue Lazaro Delgado WP!!!
Joseph Alan Richardson
Joseph Alan Richardson Windows phone over iOS. Android over all.
Johannes Riitijoki
Johannes Riitijoki iOS
Thom van Erkel
Thom van Erkel windows phone offcourse
Omoniyi Michael Slim
Omoniyi Michael Slim Windows Phone
Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan Windows phone and android have no problems. But looking at apple they said they make the perfect phone but look at them now.
Raju Poudel
Raju Poudel Window phone
Omega Missingno Octagonapus
Omega Missingno Octagonapus Rotary ftw. No bloatware, no updates needed, and most cases, indestructible.
Mario Torres
Mario Torres Windows Phone Simply faster!
Paul Warner
Paul Warner Windows fone. It would be nice to see another good competitor to Apple.
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Keiichi TriForce NinÐa Morisato wp
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Ariel Mor Android
Howie Eastin
Howie Eastin Android S3 lol
Matthew Gonzales Landry
Matthew Gonzales Landry iOS
Jason Wilde
Jason Wilde WINDOWS PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kishore Palika
Kishore Palika I lyk IOS n Android!
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride If windows had all the apps apple does, yes windows would've been unstoppable
Ken Scott
Ken Scott iOS
Ming Ye
Ming Ye Haters gonna hate.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Android wasn't even an option . Fandroids
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Ben Recitas Saratorio android then windows
Hend Farid
Hend Farid Android
Arvydas Gr
Arvydas Gr Windows Phone :)
Kyle Mezrahi
Kyle Mezrahi Windows phone and the NL920 FTW!!
Matt St Mary
Matt St Mary iOS
Jim Marshall III
Jim Marshall III They both suck!
Carlos Hargrave
Carlos Hargrave Nokia Lumia 920..........And Surface Tablet for me Windows 8
Bill Patten
Bill Patten Windows by far
Cory Schmidt
Cory Schmidt Not ever had a windows phone so I can't speak on personal behalf, but I do like the iPhone simple layout, but it does lack customization.
Richard John Soares
Richard John Soares Haha
Muhammad Jafrill Bin Karim
Muhammad Jafrill Bin Karim 1 - Android 2 - Windows 3 - Symbian 4 - Monohonic 5 - Polyphonic 6 - Nokia 3310 7 - Ericsson with the antenna 8 - Iphone
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz maybe 8
Kyryl Kushnir
Kyryl Kushnir iOS
Tariqul Iblis
Tariqul Iblis Windows Phone.
Hugo Contreras Lagos
Hugo Contreras Lagos I will get that Lumia 920 no matter what!!..so yeah WindowsPhone all the way!!
Gary Bowling
Gary Bowling iOS.
Paul Kirincic
Paul Kirincic Windows Phone
Shane Joe Lazar
Shane Joe Lazar Anyone else excited for the coming Meego phone?
Kay Yon
Kay Yon This article = another sued Apple victim
Michael Santangelo
Michael Santangelo WP8, it is truly YOUR phone like CeeGii said. With iOS if you look at someone else's iOS device, the only personalization is a wallpaper..
Aaron Couts
Aaron Couts android!!
Rick Sievers
Rick Sievers ios just sucks.
Tiana Wells
Tiana Wells <3!!!Android !!!<3
Anonymous
Anonymous of course they would ask between windows & iOS...cuz if they asked windows/iOS vs android. android would smash!!
James Norwood
James Norwood Is Windows Phone the new iOS, meaning a major failure then yes it is.
Jose Be Julme
Jose Be Julme Windows Phone.
Baron Crandall
Baron Crandall Windows, Nokia being the manufacturer.
Clifton Latour
Clifton Latour Windows
Josh Herrick
Josh Herrick ios
Mohd Helmy Mahat
Mohd Helmy Mahat Windows phone.
Leanna Honcoop-Farris
Leanna Honcoop-Farris I have had an adnroid, but only until I could get my WP7. Never had a problem with it and it has served me reliably for over a year. Now looking forward eagerly to WP8.
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero Both boring no thanks
Jestin Allen
Jestin Allen ios
Martin Cota
Martin Cota WINDOWS PHONE !!
Steve Johns
Steve Johns Neather
Gino G Fernandez
Gino G Fernandez IOS
Cloudwolf Remington
Cloudwolf Remington Android :)
Alvin Tran
Alvin Tran Windows Phone ftw!!! Proud owner of Lumia 900 and future WP8 device
Lawrence Lepes
Lawrence Lepes It is a tough choice. I would rather go with Android! The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will blow anything else out of the water!
Perro Rosello
Perro Rosello Windows Phone for me. They discovered a new level of elegance in UI
John Soliz
John Soliz iOS no doubt
Anthony V Cannata
Anthony V Cannata Android
Joanna Enrique Ramos
Joanna Enrique Ramos Android!!!!!
Julian J. Perry
Julian J. Perry Wp is awesome only downfall is the lack of apps
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes Neither, android ftw
Nick Truskowski
Nick Truskowski Windows, I'm always for android, but ios is like driving a Honda. No matter how great it gets, it will never be cool.
Ylla Quezon Pansacula
Ylla Quezon Pansacula android <3
Francisco Saucedo
Francisco Saucedo well i don't really like either but if i had to choose i would pick windows cause of the tiles
Luis Carlos Diaz Sananes
Luis Carlos Diaz Sananes WP is looking like the new guy on the block with clever tricks. It's all about the apps that, so far, are better on iOS but the possibilities of Windows 8 and its cross platform promises sound interesting to explore.
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels with WP you make your Phone YOU, iOS tells you what your phone should be
Ubaldo Zacarias
Ubaldo Zacarias IOS when my iphone gets here
Herwin Torres
Herwin Torres Neither. But if u was forced to choose, windows phone.
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?????? ????? ANDROID DUH!!!!
Steff Vid
Steff Vid wp!!!!
Hhermon R. Martinez DeMontes
Hhermon R. Martinez DeMontes WP
Brandon Powell
Brandon Powell WP!
Colby Fink
Colby Fink Windows Phone over iOS but Android over Windows Phone. I just traded away an iPhone 4 on iOS6 I had for two days for a One X but I considered getting a Windows phone for it. I'll wait a year or so more though. Its too early for it right now, in my opinion.
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon Windows because it's the android version with iOS and more simple to use than iOS
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels 1 year of WP7 i want WP8
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas Windows phone
Nuwan Pradeep
Nuwan Pradeep Windows phone
Ventuniano Santito
Ventuniano Santito windows ofcourse,,ios 6 has a lot of bugs,ugly and boring
Dylan Tully
Dylan Tully Windows: it is unique, customizable and highly elegant.
James Everette Edwards
James Everette Edwards Who has ever used a windows phone? Lol
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Until I see what wp8 is packing I'll say ios (although that's only because it has the better app experience due to it's maturity).
Jacob Eshelman
Jacob Eshelman I love iphone, but i have to admit, i do not like the ios 6 :P cant wait till they update to ios 7 xD
Mark Chua
Mark Chua iOS though its good, but the interface had stayed the same of icons/ tiles. Windows phone has a more customizable interface. But it depends on various views on which is better. Windows phone feels more powerful.
Jeremy Davis
Jeremy Davis I'm currently using iOS, however, I am totally in love with the windows phone OS, it's so sleek and straight forward.
Keith Wayne Wardlow Jr.
Keith Wayne Wardlow Jr. It's funny I used the galaxy s III and the iPhone 5, the galaxy s is slow and laggy , the iPhone 5 iOS is smooth and fast
Azhar Kam
Azhar Kam IOS!
Joernie Berrios
Joernie Berrios None....both are lame and boring
Chris Kang
Chris Kang I'd have to use WP first
Sam Gonzalez
Sam Gonzalez iOS
Nain El Fuego Romero
Nain El Fuego Romero Windows phone is clean n fresh!!!
Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith Neither - LCARS!
Allan De León Morales
Allan De León Morales Windows Phone FTW!!
Bobby Magnusen
Bobby Magnusen Windows. SON.
Michael Hetric
Michael Hetric IOS 6 :)
Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown iOS, but Windows Phone is young and shows promise.
Ismael Sergio Molina
Ismael Sergio Molina Windows Phone!
Luis Perez
Luis Perez Windows
Soumyo Ghosh
Soumyo Ghosh iOS
Sebastian Arrieta
Sebastian Arrieta none of the above. its all about jelly bean lol
Jeffrey Tran
Jeffrey Tran Windows Phone, less primitive
Khalid Dris
Khalid Dris windows phone
Dani Hayes
Dani Hayes Ios. But Windows and iOS over android.
Jeremy Carter
Jeremy Carter IOS
Joshua Johnson
Joshua Johnson iOS.
Eddie Gutierrez
Eddie Gutierrez Windows!
Raúl Colón-Scarano
Raúl Colón-Scarano This is going to be abusive.
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