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[4]: Comment by Kroc
by Adam S on Mon 15th Feb 2010 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
Adam S
Member since:
2005-04-01

No Thom, Kroc is right. Of the 95% who don't use Mac, some of them use Linux, and MOST of them use flip phones. Of those who don't, many of them use iPhones and many of them have no interest in a smart phone. Then another percentage can't afford a phone like this.

Because these people have money, like gadgets, are comfortable switching technologies and UI paradigms, and are probably the best example, on the whole, of people who would want a tiled, customizable, social-network-infused phone. So it's not 5% of the the market, I'd bet it's probably more like 15-20% of the *target* market.

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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 16:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So it's not 5% of the the market, I'd bet it's probably more like 15-20% of the *target* market.


That's actually a really good point. Don't know if we can prove any of it, but it makes sense. Hadn't thought of that.

So it might be worth their while after all. I'm sure they're doing their homework on that one.

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RE[6]: Comment by Kroc
by thavith_osn on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:28 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Kroc"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

MS write Office for the Mac, why would they bother to write an entire Office suite (it's not a straight port) for a small market?

I think this phone will be supported on the Mac.

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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by arpan on Mon 15th Feb 2010 17:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Makes perfect sense. A person who uses a $300 computer, isn't going to spend $500 on a phone.

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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by kragil on Tue 16th Feb 2010 01:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
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2006-01-04

No OSX User will buy a device that has to work with their Macs and is made by MS. They might buy a Xbox, but on the Mac they are conditioned to avoid MS whereever they can (ActiveX, Zune, WinMo the list goes on and on)

I know no OSX user who would buy a Windows phone, no matter how advanced the UI might be.

But then again I know no OSX users that owns a Xbox, those might.

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RE[6]: Comment by Kroc
by Adam S on Tue 16th Feb 2010 01:36 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Kroc"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

I am an OS X user, and I'd buy whatever phone works best for me.

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RE[6]: Comment by Kroc
by NeoX on Tue 16th Feb 2010 04:13 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Kroc"
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2006-02-19

No OSX User will buy a device that has to work with their Macs and is made by MS. They might buy a Xbox, but on the Mac they are conditioned to avoid MS whereever they can (ActiveX, Zune, WinMo the list goes on and on)

I know no OSX user who would buy a Windows phone, no matter how advanced the UI might be.

But then again I know no OSX users that owns a Xbox, those might.


They are conditioned to avoid MS? What a load of garbage that is!

I too am an OS X user and I do have an older Win CE device that I love. I also use XP and Vista and do have an Xbox360. So you don't speak for most Mac users in my field. I Like the Mac and no one conditions me to hate anything. I like what works for me and most Mac users that I have to work with feel the same and many of them have MS products.

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