Posts Tagged ‘Windows Phone 7’

Verizon Waiting On Windows Phone 7

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Verizon made some news in a way not so complimentary to Microsoft. It appears that Verizon won’t have any Windows Phone 7 devices until the middle of 2011. Considering the vast array of Android devices at Verizon, this isn’t surprising.

Microsoft has been playing catch-up for a long time in a number of areas. Internet Explorer 9 is finally going to attempt to join the rest of the browsers with standards compliance. Windows Phone 7 is finally going to be available, a year after it lost its place to Apple and Google. Even the Kinect is going to take a back seat to Sony’s PlayStation Move. While Verizon claims its relationship with Microsoft remains strong, this news doesn’t seem like Verizon is playing too nice. I don’t really see how Verizon needs to though.

It is good to see Microsoft making an attempt here. Microsoft has been trying to convince customers that it is still relevant, in a manner similar to Blockbuster as it crumbled under Netflix. Windows Phone 7 looks like a big deal, but is it too late? I’m sure there will always be some market for Windows phones. Palm and Nokia have managed to hang onto many of their fans. I think this bodes well for Microsoft. Only time will tell though.

What do you think? Too little, too late? Does Microsoft have a chance? Let me know in the comments.

Windows Phone 7 the next iPhone “killer”?

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Microsoft pulled a gutsy move today.  To celebrate the release of Windows Phone 7 the firm held a funeral march for the iPhone and Blackberry. It is bad enough when the media calls something an iPhone killer.  For Microsoft to do it is somewhat amusing.  Sure it was a great publicity stunt, but nobody is really expecting Windows Phone 7 to pull Microsoft out of its rut.

This “funeral” procession was the first time Microsoft really hit the radar since it killed its own Kin. With Citrix and other apps available on other operating systems, it is a good time to be on a non-Microsoft smartphone. Whether you prefer iPhone or Android, or even Blackberry, it is likely you won’t miss Windows at all. Can Microsoft “kill” the iPhone? That’s probably easier to answer than Microsoft would like. Whether or not the iPhone needs to be killed is a more important question.

The reality is that nobody needs to “kill” the iPhone. It has provided a strong incentive to innovate on the other systems. Innovation and competition is good. Apple will continue to sell iPhones. HTC, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola will continue selling Android phones. They may even produce a Windows phone here and there. It is hard for any firm to kill another device when it is so far removed from the spotlight. So, can Microsoft do it? Doubtful. Time will ultimately tell, though. Do you think Windows Phone 7 can kill the iPhone? Let me know in the comments.