posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Aug 2010 21:54 UTC
"Windows Phone 7 is entering a tough market. Apple's iOS and Google's Android have become well-entrenched, widely used platforms, and both have application stores boasting tens or hundreds of thousands of applications. At launch, Windows Phone 7 will certainly have its virtues - a slick user interface, a first-rate e-mail client, and extensive integration with online services -- but it will also lack a great many features that its competitors include. But the modern, consumer-friendly, touch-friendly smartphone market is still a new one, expected to undergo substantial growth over the next few years. Microsoft may be late to the game, but probably isn't too late - there's certainly no winner yet. And the company has one major strength its competitors lack."