Topic: "Photosynth 2" on Windows Phone

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NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hello, Photosynth team,

I don't want to ask you for hard dates when we're likely to see Photosynth's new synths on Windows Phone, but I was curious as to whether you plan to bring them to Windows Phone 7 in addition to Windows Phone 8.

I'm confident that the GPUs in both WP7 and WP8 handsets are able to handle the viewer, but I can also understand that you're using WebGL for your viewer now and that you probably want to just use that everywhere.

My thought is that we'll have to wait until Windows Phone 8.1 in the first quarter of 2014 to get Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Phone 8 to use the WebGL viewer.

My thought is also that Windows Phone 7 will never get Internet Explorer 11 and thus never get WebGL.

Therefore, unless you guys dedicate resources to write a DirectX viewer for the WP7 Photosynth app, WP7 users are out of luck which seems a shame to me, especially since Microsoft Research had spins running on WP7 in 2011.
mwiththeat (Over 1 year ago)
In the eyes of Microsoft WP7 has shipped and is dead from a product perspective. Your best bet is a WP8.1 version + Windows 8.1 RT & Pro.
Joscelin.Trouwborst (Over 1 year ago)
I hope mwiththeat is right in priorities only.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I would agree that if they're depending on WebGL and they just want to use a web view control from IE, that it'll have to be a Windows Phone 8.1 only app as only WP8.1 will have IE11.

My thought is that even on the web there might be a fallback to Silverlight before they drop all the way back to just a video file proxy.

My basis for that is just that they already displayed a DirectX viewer for Spins on Windows and an XNA Spin viewer for WP7 back before they even launched their mobile panorama app on iOS.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I would also point out that in many overseas countries WP7 handsets are still being sold as new phones and that since the phone does not need to be powerful enough to compute the synths (since it's done in Azure), all they need is to be able to load + play back the synths which the simplistic depth maps generated are specifically designed for - playback on low powered GPUs.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
In the short term, there is no good reason why IE9 devices (like WP7 and XBOX 360) shouldn't be able to at least play the HTML 5 video preview in the browser instead of being told that the preview requires the latest version of IE, FF, + Ch.
PhotosynthTeam (Over 1 year ago)
No plans to bring a full viewer (let alone capture experience) to WP7. If the IE9 on WP7 can display MP4 files (which I haven't checked, but I'm sure you know Nate), then that fallback is probably as far as we'll go on that platform.