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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Bad News for Palm
by tony on Tue 16th Feb 2010 01:25 UTC
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A very surprising development. Not many people (myself included) thought Microsoft would have the chutzpah to throw out WinMo and start from near scratch. While you would expect that publicly they would state WinMo 6.x was a top-notch product, in the Microsoft world you got the impression that they actually believed it. Turns out internally they also believed it was a steaming pile of 2004.

Who knew?

I have to think this is bad news for Palm, however. WebOS is in danger of being a promising also-ran. They were the first to challenge iPhone in terms of user experience (again, features aren't nearly as relevant for smartphones as user experience), but then Android came out. And now WinMo 7. Palm is just not growing the way iPhone and Android are.

RIM doesn't seem to be affected, not now at least. Microsoft could encroach on the Enterprise market in the future since they've got the strongest Exchange-fu, but they seem to be going after the consumer market now.

Another phone system that this is bad news for is Nokia. This pretty much puts them at the back of the list. They've got a promising but-very-niche smartphone on a new OS, but their primary platform now can't say "at least we're not as old and crusty as WinMo".

As for iPhone, Microsoft is copying some of their strategy in that they're shifting more towards an iPhone-like platform, but at least they did a very different UI.

Still, they've got a lot of catching up to do. Consumers are likely going to need convincing that Microsoft is worth a second chance after so many bad WinMo phones.

Edited 2010-02-16 01:25 UTC

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