Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:47 UTC
Windows So, after much, much speculation and many, many rumours, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest mobile operating system. Hold on to your hats, because uncharacteristically for the Redmond giant, they've rebuilt everything from the ground up - this system has little to no connection to the Windows Mobile of yore. I don't say this lightly - but dear lord, Windows Phone 7 Series is full of win. Update: Hands-on video from Engadget inside. Update II: There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet. Only videos and music are synced via the Zune software. Update III: Since I didn't mention it clearly, here it goes: Windows Phone 7 Series is a clean break. There is no backwards compatibility at all. Update IV: Channel9 has a 22-minute in-depth demonstration of Windows Phone 7 Series.
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RE[7]: Comment by Kroc
by Blackadder on Tue 16th Feb 2010 00:01 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
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2010-02-03

That's not really a very good comparison.

Office for Mac started before Office was Office, i.e. 1984 with word and later on powerpoint. Apple was the king and Microsoft had no choice but to support them. It also had virtually had no viable competition and as of today remains the dominant office suite on Mac. Although iWorks is making some inroads, Microsoft will continue to have a very large chunk of the Mac office productivity market for the foreseeable future.

Windows Phone on the other hand is new so it makes a lot of sense to initially avoid a relatively tiny Mac/Linux market sector which is also mostly hostile towards Microsoft.

If Windows Phone becomes popular and proves successful and Microsoft captures as much of the 90% of the Windows market as it could, then it would make business sense to go after the remaining 10%, i.e. the niche. Before that time comes, the overhead cost is not worth it.

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