The Egg wrote:
- Can't see other recipients in group texts
Yes you can. Simply tap on the "# recipients" at the top and it will show the entire list.
they lack in app support
Not sure what you mean. If you're talking in app purchases, you most definitely can do this.
A lot of developers had to go in and remake their apps specifically for 8.0 to ensure version compatibility. And now for 8.1, MS is bringing out the WinRT based app framework - the same one as Metro on big Windows. But there is a catch - the APIs we've been using on 7.X and 8.0 are incompatible with the Windows 8 APIs. So if you were thinking to easily port your Windows 8.0 app to Windows Phone 8.0 - you just can't.
This is so wrong it's not even funny. The majority of WP7.x apps worked on 8.0. The ones that didn't were where developers either didn't code correctly or tried to do some wonky workaround that probably wasn't even required. Silverlight apps aren't going away right now, even with 8.1. Silverlight apps were mentioned several times during the Build keynote a couple of weeks ago, where they announced WP8.1. They also demoed on stage how to take a Windows 8.x app and reuse 80-90% of the codebase to publish on WP8.1. The obvious differences were different images to support the smaller screen sizes. They even demoed taking the same app and reusing that 80-80% of the app codebase to turn it into a universal app that works on Windows 8.x, WP8.1, and Xbox One.
Developers weren't required to remake their apps specifically for WP8.0. Many did because WP8.0 opened up a ton more APIs. 8.1 takes this even further.
While you can't take a Windows 8.x app and easily
port it to WP8.0, you can port it to WP8.1...which will be a free upgrade to all existing WP8.0 devices.