Hi guys and gals! I have now received an official reply from Orange to the points raised above, which I post below. Apologies for deleting the previous replies to this topic, just trying to keep it tidy! I will post an official forum response to the replies when I have seen what you guys have to say! After all, it's YOUR forum, as well as mine. Enjoy!
Thanks for the mail and apologies in the delay of response.
1) What are Orange and Microsoft's plans regarding bugfixes and
One of the key applications of the SPV is Orange Update. This allows us to send so software updates to customers over-the-air. We are working on one update to be sent before the end of the Year, and a further update to be sent before the end of Q2 2003. The intention is that these updates will address a number of concerns raised by your contributors.
2) Is there any scope for Orange reconsidering their position to be more
accomodating to developers? I believe the uptake of the SmartPhone
2002 platform would be seriously hindered by this approach.
Orange is committed to working with third party developers, and understand that developers and their applications will be essential to the success of the SPV - without these applications, customers will not get the best out of their SPV. However, to protect it's customers from malicious or corrupt applications and to protect the value generated by application developers, Orange has opted to implement security measures on the SPV. Orange is working towards launching a website early in the New Year to assist SPV developers. The site will detail how a developer can get their application digitally signed, how to get an application published on the Orange download site and also explain how a developer can get an SPV for development purposes.