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Windows It's been only a mere six months since its first unveiling, but Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing. This means device makers can start tuning the software to their hardware, leaving plenty of time to release devices before the holiday season.
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Will Anyone Care
by tpaws on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 01:38 UTC
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2006-06-02

I just wonder. The biggest challenge for Microsoft will be marketing. Consumers have been bombarded with ads from Apple, RIM, and any variety of Droid flavors. MS is not really known for inspirational promotional campaigns. The mess that was Zune and the failed music stores come to mind. What kind of killer app could MS come up with that could cause a shift in the market place? The Kin experience is not going to inspire handset makers and service providers, unless MS throws mega bucks into play. I tend to think that MS will have a little splash in a big pond with this.

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RE: Will Anyone Care
by modmans2ndcoming on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 02:40 in reply to "Will Anyone Care"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

zune is a mess?

the HD is doing very well for itself.

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RE[2]: Will Anyone Care
by leos on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 02:55 in reply to "RE: Will Anyone Care"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

zune is a mess?

the HD is doing very well for itself.


Bahahahahahaha. Yeah sure.

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RE[2]: Will Anyone Care
by shotsman on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 20:01 in reply to "RE: Will Anyone Care"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Are you having a larf?

Please tell us all where exactly outside the USA that the Zune is 'doing very nicely'?

Certainly not in Europe. You know that place on the other side of ther Atlanic that has more consumers than the USA.
It might be the bees knees but MS knows that it won't sell over here (apart from a few MS fanbois that is)
Apple, Android & RIM have the smartphone market pretty well sewn up.
My company make Apps for the iPhone/iPad, Android and soon for the Blackberry.
When the idea of porting then to Windows came up, almost all the marketing dept fell about laughing.
We may do it eventually but not for at least a year. Android Tablets and Blackberry's are going to be far more profitable (Even if our apps are free) for a long time to come.

What I fear is that MS will make Exchange integration from all other platforms apart from their own such a dogs breakfast that they will literally force business users away from their Crackberries & iPhones etc onto MS devices. Now that would be a real backward step.

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RE: Will Anyone Care
by nt_jerkface on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 04:58 in reply to "Will Anyone Care"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

What kind of killer app could MS come up with that could cause a shift in the market place?


XBLA games will really help. That and MS Office integration.

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RE: Will Anyone Care
by bnolsen on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 05:08 in reply to "Will Anyone Care"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

The one certain thing about the mobile market is tht it is uncertain. If anything android may help MS out...its shown that real players other than Apple exists. Instead of the knee jerk iphone purchase people will see android and winpho phones sitting together at the carrier's store. That may even the playing field.

That being said I've played with one of those sprint 4g phones and it's a pretty appealing platform.

The problem MS has is that it can't really charge much for the OS itself since I doubt android licenses are very steep. They'll have a slight uphill with the carriers and phone manufacturers

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RE[2]: Will Anyone Care
by nt_jerkface on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 05:38 in reply to "RE: Will Anyone Care"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

They're only charging $15 but they get a cut of app sales.

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