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Windows Phone Se7en
A leap in mobile computing.
BARCELONA (Rixstep) — The pickpocket capital of Spain heretofore best known internationally as the hometown of Fawlty Towers waiter Manuel will now go down in history as the the place where Microsoft unleashed their latest foray into the sphere of mobile computing: the Windows Phone 7 series of handsets.
'In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience', said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
'Windows Phone 7 Series marks a turning point toward phones that truly reflect the speed of people's lives and their need to connect to other people and all kinds of seamless experiences.'
Although some sites are very positive to the device, others are not going to be as kind. Windows Phone Se7en definitely represents a leap in mobile computing. But it's not certain it's a leap forward.
Phone Se7en — The Good
Several sites are claiming they actually like the device, despite having access to prototypes or at least seeing what it looks like. But there are two legacy issues that cannot be discounted.
Microsoft engineers and sales representatives awaiting the unveiling of the new 'Phone Se7en' device, hailed as a leap in mobile computing.
- Microsoft never got the 3D transparency thing right. They tried to copy Apple but ended up (as per usual) with a kludge that needed twice or four times the hardware - and all they could do was make things more difficult to see on the desktop. Transparency isn't about obfuscating - it's about revealing. But as per usual Microsoft never got it. So they today dispense with the fluid 3D and transparency altogether.
They need resources to run the software and can't afford to have an 'aero' or 'glass' draining the batteries. So you get something that looks like Norton Disk Doctor for MS-DOS on your great-great-grandmother's Compaq.
- It's still running Windows. And even if it's not totally 'Windows Se7en' it's still a Microsoft OS. The same type of OS that's been the bane of the Internet for the past fifteen years. For as long as most punters have used it.
And the poor fools think using the 'Se7en' is going to increase acceptance. Get ready for more malware epidemics.
- It doesn't exist. Microsoft claim they're planning on a release for the 2010 holiday market. That's almost an entire year off. Apple made people wait half a year for the iPhone and two months for the iPad but a year is ridiculous.
Apple had products that worked ready to roll - there's no reason to think Microsoft can have the same.
'Until you can buy one at the store, it's another piece of vapourware from Microsoft.'
Phone Se7en — The Bad
OEMs are already starting to build handsets for Microsoft's dazzling new mobile OS, according to Microsoft. They include Asus, Dell, Garmin, HP, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba.
Carrier partners include AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, and Vodafone.
Digg: Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on and impressions
Slashdot: Do Microsoft Finally Have a Phone Worth Buying?
Engadget: Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on and impressions
Gizmodo: Windows Phone 7 Series: Everything Is Different Now
I Think Different: Windows Phone 7 Series revealed by Microsoft
BBC News: Microsoft launch Windows Phone 7 Series for mobiles
Wired: Microsoft Blend Zune Media, Xbox Live into New Phone OS
Electronista: Windows Phone 7 official, lacks Flash and multitasking
MacRumors: Microsoft, Samsung Take on Apple with New Smartphones