The other day we reported about a very negative report on Windows Phone 7 by InfoWorld. Today several tech sites including Engadget (photo credit), BGR, Wired and ZDNet published very in-depth previews of the upcoming Windows 7 Phone. Coincident? No. Microsoft handed out Windows Phone 7 test units days before the InfoWorld article. Let's look at how these Microsoft selected sites judge about the Windows 7 Phone OS.
The consensus of the Windows Phone 7 technical previews is that it is a major improvement over previous Microsoft Mobile OS versions. There are still several rough edges in the current build, but it works.
The cleanness and minimalist approach (e.g.: no multi-tasking, no copy&paste) is seen more positive than negative.
BGR concludes that the Windows Phone 7 falls short as it does not leap the iPhone or Android in terms of innovation. But than again, this is the Microsoft way that has worked for them pretty well in many aspects.
For me it currently looks like Microsoft could create the same success story with Windows Phone 7 as they created with the Xbox. The first Xbox also was not really competitive, but now it’s up there (e.g.: best seller last month).
This Fall hard-core Microsoft fans will pick up an HTC Gold or any other available Windows Phone 7. Microsoft most likely will not challenge Android and iPhone sales in 2010, but possibly with the 2011 release of Windows Phone 7.
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