Really? People actually like Windows Phone 7? Really?

Windows Phone 7 (Microsoft)
By Richi Jennings. October 12, 2010.

Wow, heck seems to be a bit chillier today. Our bloggy friends actually seem to like the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system for smartphones, after getting up close and personal with it. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers welcome more competition in the smartphone space.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention a Hilarious MP3 Experiment...


Famous Apple fanboi MG Siegler recants and repents:

When I first heard that Microsoft would be rebooting their mobile strategy ... I snickered. ... I’ve actually been pleasantly and continuously surprised by what I’ve seen of Windows Phone 7 ... enough to think that it actually might be good. ... They’ve successfully stuck the landing. Now they just have to run a marathon. Up a mountain. Against competitors [with] a 20 mile head-start.


Windows Phone 7 doesn’t feel like a cheap imitation of the iPhone. It feels like something different. ... The mobile market is growing so quickly across the board that any player with sufficient resources and marketing muscle can ... do well. ... Microsoft can — and I think will.

Brian X. Chen, too:

Microsoft may be late to the game .... [but] the Windows Phone 7 team may be on the right track to pose a serious threat to Google. ... The crucial part of Microsoft’s new phone strategy is the quality control it imposes onto its hardware partners.


The Phone 7 user interface is refreshingly different compared to the siloed-app experience of iOS. ... [But] I don’t think Steve Jobs needs to be sweating just yet.


Android’s ... fickle platform gets more confusing and convoluted every day, and it could have the same destiny as Windows Mobile.

Microsoft's Steve Clayton is as proud as a very proud thing:

I have to say I love it…I mean, I don’t HAVE to say that but I do really love what the team has done with the UI ... offering something totally different. ... As a Microsoft employee it feels good – like Bing, Xbox Kinect, IE9 and Windows 7 we have a set of products we can truly be proud of.


Not only are the products good, the marketing is fresh, fun and something to be equally proud of. ... Our competitors will continue to spur us on to improve. Long may it continue as today feels like a very good day to be a Softie.

Warner Crocker sees the space in the market that Microsoft's carved out:

Microsoft has found a middle ground between Apple and Google’s approaches that will yield positive results. ... That middle ground is somewhere between a closed and “open” system. Microsoft has adopted strict standards for handset manufacturers.


The Windows Phone 7 interface also appears to be less reliant on Apps. ... The “Hub” approach coupled with the marketing approach that sells the quick look at your info and move on will be appealing to many. ... Who needs Apps, when you’ve covered the basics?


Marketing ... the approach Microsoft is using here strikes squarely at why Windows Phone 7 is different ... [It's] more effective than any Microsoft campaign I can remember.

John Biggs bigs up WP7:

Once I saw the HTC HD 7, I was in love. This is probably the phone that will define the space and make the biggest impression. ... They should have put all their strength behind one phone. I know why they spread the launch out over ten devices ... but expect it to be a frustrating experience for many.


WinPho 7 hides a lot of its complexity under a deep veneer. They will sell plenty of phones and they’ll make plenty of money. I just don’t know if I’ll climb aboard this train..

And Kit Eaton notes Microsoft's coup de grâce:

Several of the Windows 7 "hubs" ... are aimed directly at competing with RIM. ... These are the business-friendly ones. ... Microsoft is hoping its virtual monopoly on business productivity software will help it sell Windows 7 Phones into the enterprise market.


A PowerPoint 2010 presentation, downloaded from an email ... ran on the phone as if it were on the PC that crafted it. ... With the phone connected up to a projector you may as well present the slides right from your phone, and not worry about hauling a laptop around.

... The thing that will ... carry some weight here is that word "PowerPoint." Many an exec will latch onto the brand name and think of the benefits of the Windows phone.


Outlook integration ... demonstrated a degree of cross-platform cleverness ... the phone OS detected a meeting ... checked the calendars, and warned of a timing conflict. The "I'll be late" button, which automatically emails people if there's a delay while you're en route is particularly clever.

Meanwhile, Kevin C. Tofel prepares to wave goodbye to RIM and Nokia:

By starting over from scratch, Microsoft has given itself a better chance than its peers to reinvent its place in the smartphone market. ... A panoramic navigation method ... uses limited screen space intelligently and doesn’t force users into ... cascading menus. The integration with Microsoft services appears top-notch. ... Power Point mobile brings sexy back.


Nokia and RIM are stuck; for now. ... Both operating systems are constrained by current user bases. ... Both BlackBerry OS 6 and Symbian^3 are targeted as an evolutionary update ... for existing customers, providing a familiar interface but adding new bells and whistles. ... As a result, both are ... less likely to attract new customers.


By scrapping Windows Mobile and building the new Windows Phone 7 system from the ground up, Microsoft’s risky bet is likely to pay off and help re-establish the company in smartphones.


And Finally...

The MP3 Experiment Seven

[hat tip: OurSignal]

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