Is Windows Phone 7 a disaster?

I was reading this piece in the Guardian over the weekend about Windows Phone 7. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so damning about an operating system.

I had hoped that Microsoft might produce something that would at least compete with Android and iOS, but if you read this and it is right, they don’t stand a chance.

4 comments

  1. Engadget and Techcrunch have preview reviews today that are more positive. The UI stuff in particular seems different in an interesting way.

    It's going to be hard for them to hit it out of the park on the first try though, and that's pretty much what they need to do or they'll get written off fast.

  2. I'm just going to repost a comment from Jakem on the Infoworld page.

    “jakem 16 Jul 2010, 6:11PM

    So this is what you get when Apple promise to feature your website in one of their ads. After countless puff pieces on the iPhone/iPad by second rate humans like Steven Fry they dig deep and regurgitate an article from a third-rate blog like InfoWorld and present their opinions on a product that they've never actually used as newsworthy? Oh dear.

    There are countless sites out there that are far more reputable than InfoWorld that are much more positive about the direction that Microsoft are heading in. The difference is that they're opinions are qualified or based on experience unlike the tripe you've quoted here. For instance, this analysis of the differences developers will face between the iPhone vs. Windows Phone 7 (http://www.uxmagic.com/blog/post/2010/07/15/iPhone-versus-Windows-Phone-7-Coding-Comparison.aspx) which concludes that Microsoft's offering is far more compelling. Can I expect the Guardian to report on this or does it not fit in with your iEditorial policy.

    Apart from the fact that InfoWorld are known for their irrational bias against Microsoft, the blog you quote makes no mention of the features that make WP7 different from its competitors. Where's the analysis of the potential of things like Zune and Xbox integration, Sharepoint and Office integration or what looks to be the best Exchange integration available on any mobile platform including Blackberry?

    I'd expect better from the Guardian.”

    That done, I don't believe they will dominate the mobile market like they do on desktops/laptops, but these guys should do a little more research if they want to be taken seriously.

  3. I don't know how Windows Phone 7 is going to turn out, but the Guardian article's only source is a single Infoworld blog piece which was written based on the impressions from a single person sitting through a presentation on WP7 at a tech conference. No hands on with a device. No hands on with the development tools. No other opinions. Seems quite half-baked and premature, and on the Guardian's part quite lazy since there's at least a dozen other evaluations of the WM7 technical preview that have been published in the last few days.

    Mathew Miller at ZDNet published a much more thorough look at the WM7:
    http://bit.ly/9GMtIl
    At the end of his eval he includes links to many other evaluations.

    Android is showing there are plenty of holes to exploit in Apple's market and plenty of opportunities for other devices from other vendors. Likewise, for MS there are probably many opportunities for compelling solutions. And it looks like WP7 is taking a sufficiently different approach to many mobile computing problems. They may strike some chords in the process.

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