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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Comment by steveh2005
by steveh2005 on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:03 UTC
steveh2005
Member since:
2007-06-28

I'm surprised that Microsoft didn't launch some kind of development campaign along with this intro video. I mean, the main development platform for this device is going to be .Net, right?

If so, then you'd expect an announcement of like a Windows Phone 7 Express development environment, complete with C#/VB.net tools to use with a simulator.

Without that and a great app store, there's not much of a chance of this device competing with the iPhone. I don't see a compelling reason to buy this phone over an iPhone.

Disclaimer: I don't own an iPhone, but if I were going to buy one, this Windows 7 phone wouldn't change my mind on doing so.

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RE: Comment by steveh2005
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:21 in reply to "Comment by steveh2005"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm surprised that Microsoft didn't launch some kind of development campaign along with this intro video. I mean, the main development platform for this device is going to be .Net, right?


This is the big splash announcement. The developer tools and stuff come at MIX, in March.

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RE: Comment by steveh2005
by kragil on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:33 in reply to "Comment by steveh2005"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Agreed, this isn't something that will likely gain much traction. Old WinMo fans will hate it because all their apps are junk now.
And these phones will be expensive. Hardware specs and software costs will make sure of that.

The general break down of consumers is something like this: (not as clear cut of course)
People looking for a media phone will still by an Iphone.
People looking for a great web phone will buy Android.

That leaves hardcore MS fans and Xbox gamers .. how big is that group of people?

Young white males in their 20s mostly, the part that doesn't have a Wii or a PS3, because those guys would hate the Xbox live spam on the start screen.

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RE[2]: Comment by steveh2005
by nt_jerkface on Mon 15th Feb 2010 23:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by steveh2005"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

You're way off.

There are a lot of people that don't want to switch to AT&T and don't want a geeky sounding phone called Android either. A lot of people will buy a WinMobile phone just because they will expect it to work better with Windows.

There are also a lot of people that will want it for Mobile Office/Exchange server use. This is going to have more mainstream appeal than Android. Google made Android too geeky and didn't add a good media library.

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