Skip to comments.Windows Phone 7 Doomed? Actually, Itís Just Getting Started
Posted on 11/30/2010 1:16:38 PM PST by SmokingJoe
Despite entering a crowded market, Microsofts brand-new Windows Phone operating system seems off to a healthy start. Nonetheless, the estimates arent impressing cynical tech journalists.
The anemic sales number does not include the 89,000 Microsoft employees that will be given free Windows 7 phones, Moritz quips.
CNET reporters added their bleak perspective based on the performance of a single AT&T store in San Francisco (where every hipster in sight is already fondling an iPhone), which sold fewer than 20 Windows devices by midday.
If Microsoft hopes to get back in the smartphone game, it had better hope that Windows Phone 7 makes a bigger impact than it appeared to be having at one AT&T store here, they wrote.
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A fairer comparison would be launch numbers. The first iPhone shipped 250,000 units during its launch weekend, according to an analysts estimates. That number seems more substantial, but this was when nothing like the iPhone was already on the market.
I couldnt find firm launch sales for the first Android phone (the T-Mobile G1), but the more popular Droid smartphone was estimated to ship 100,000 units during its launch weekend. Thats a full weekend, not one day and if 40,000 more Windows phones shipped on day two, then Windows Phone 7s launch would have performed nearly as well as the Droid.
- snip - Sure enough, AT&T and T-Mobile spokespeople contacted by Wired.com said their companies were pleased with early demand of Windows Phone 7 handsets, though they declined to disclose figures.
This all makes the pile of doom and gloom stories about Windows Phone 7 look silly (as was the case with the iPhone is doomed stories.)
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It will be absoultely necessary that my next phone be able to synchronize with Outlook. Do any of the current phones do so? (iPhone, android, blackberry?)
My iPhone worked right out of the box with Outlook. All I had to do was enter in my e-mail address and password, and it all “just worked”.
All of the above.
The iPhone will synchronize with Outlook - but you have to buy the EXTRA MobileMe service.
Now, if you wanna give Apple $99/yr; feel free to do so. I’m absolutely positive that Steve Jobs will take your money.
But, I’d suggest you buy LAST YEARS number from Amazon for $48. You get a box, with a couple white Apple stickers, and a code number you activate over the internet.
There is no software to buy - you just activate a service.
So, if you need this years smokin’ hot code number - well, that will cost you $99. But, if you don’t mind using the stale, old and out-dated code number from last year - that code costs $48.
Both code numbers do exactly the same thing - they give you 1 yr of MobileMe service.
They'll all sync your email. Tasks and Notes have been problematic. They'll tell you all about the parts that work, but they never mention the parts that don't.
I want MS office on my phone but I don’t want Office in name only.
I played with one this weekend and was underwhelmed. They better come up with some great reasons, like Office integration and Xbox games, if they want to get in the game. Even then, it will be an uphill battle for them.
Two years ago, I went to my phone store to get a new phone. I bought the Windows 6.1 SmartPhone, with a real keyboard, touch screen with stylus, and a little touch mouse. It looked like a little tiny computer in my hand. It was exactly what I wanted: real keyboard, touch screen, Microsoft Windows, and not a flip or slide keyboard.
I hated it. The app selection was horrible, and the damn thing kept calling people by itself. The buttons got sticky and wouldn’t press easily, and it needed the stylus to use the screen. The battery wouldn’t last a whole day. One day, it stopped working. Out of the blue, it crashed and wouldn’t be awakened. I replaced it with an Android Smartphone. I’m much happier now.
As for Microsoftt, yeah I use Windows on my PC, but that’s where it stops. I don’t want to give Bill Gates any more than I have to. Not buying a Zune, not buying the X-Box, and not watching MSNBC. Trying my a** off not to use that crappy Bing search engine.
The Blackberry works fine with Outlook. I tried a Droid and discovered that it didn’t, which killed it for me. The I-Phone used to need a separate service, but I think it’s more integrated now.
However, the Blackberry is a little clunky. I wanted to try the Storm (a more I-Phone like interface) but my carrier doesn’t have it.
This article is about as biased as the media claiming the dems were going to win the house last month because they used the exit polls out of Berkley and Ithaca.
Funny, but I was in a recently opened Microsoft store last week, and the place was packed, and I saw people buying the Windows 7 phones. I played with the interface and options on one and was impressed. It may have a long way to go because it’s later to the game, but I still think it’s a solid start and momentum will continue for the longterm.
And I’m a current iphone user so it’s not like I blindly bash the company’s products.
But let’s be honest. Steve Jobs could hold a press conference for the media, drop his pants, take a dump on the desk, and the majority of the media would report it as the most ground breaking exciting thing yet from Apple.
How about your calendar? That's all I really care about.
The major problem with the windows 7 phone is that is is not multi-tasking. That will be something they include in a later version so they say. It has other problems as well. I would rather use a Android or Iphone since they use the Linix OS and not Windows. Linix is solid as can be and not prone to virus attacks.
Huh, I've got staff here who put their Iphones and Droids on our Exchange system without having to buy anything.
I sync all of my Outlook with an HTC android phone. Very pleased with the move from a Windows phone that was absolute trash.
The key word here is SYNCHRONIZE, not interface.
You can connect to your email, whether Outlook or Exchange, or even Gmail without any problem.
But, to synchronize means that if I input a new contact on my iPhone, it ‘magically’ appears on my PC about 15 minutes later. Attach a picture to a contact, same thing. Change phone numbers, add info, ect. It all updates across platforms. Hence, the work synchronize.
Calendars seem to work pretty well. I've seen some problems with reoccurring appointments getting updated.
They have to fix that, and they have get data encryption. IMHO, this is version 0.9. They got it out in time for Christmas, but they weren't quite done with it.
A Windows Phone that embraces the HSPA+ network of T-Mobile to its full potential will help move people to Windows Phone 7. Until then some will just stay with their T-Mobile G2 phones as an example.
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