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Windows phones are Coming on October 6th!
In just five weeks, you’ll have a bunch of new Windows phones to choose from. But before we show you some of the cool, new phones that will be coming out, I want to explain how we’re trying to make phones even better with Windows.
When we started work on Windows phones, we met with people all over the world who were likely to buy a smartphone and talked with them about what’s important to them in their phone. Looking at the U.S. market, for example, we found that about 15 million people in the next year will buy a new smartphone.
Of the people we talked to, 74% listed productivity as the top feature they value in their smartphone. We took this feedback to heart, making the user interface more touch friendly and improving notifications and updates from e-mail, text and calendar items. We also included the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser and added free services like My Phone to help protect data in the event of a lost phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile for access to a wide variety of applications for direct download.
Interestingly enough, we discovered that most people who carry a Windows phone don’t realize it’s running Windows Mobile. We also heard from many people considering their very first smartphone purchase that they’d very strongly consider a phone running Windows because it’s a brand they know and trust. You’ll see us try to simplify our branding so it’s easier for people to know when they’re carrying a Windows phone and easier to find them in stores.
One thing that was very clear after all these conversations about phones is that there is no “one size fits all” in this market. On Oct. 6th, you’ll see new Windows phones designed for a variety of tastes, needs and price points - with or without keyboards, with or without touch screens, as well as your choice of GPS, accelerometer and high resolution camera. There are a lot of great options and we can’t wait to show them to you. Until then, keep an eye on our partners as they announce details on new Windows phones and where you can find them this fall.
· In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
· In Europe: Mobile operators Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc, and phone manufacturers Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
· In Latin America: Mobile operator TIM Brazil, and phone manufacturers HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung
· In Asia Pacific: Mobile operators NTT DOCOMO Inc., SOFTBANK Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc., and phone manufacturers Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
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|01 Sep 2009||#4|
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Interestingly enough, we discovered that most people who carry a Windows phone don’t realize it’s running Windows Mobile.
I run a winmo phone and I know very well it's running WM! - for all the wrong reasons.
Don't get me wrong, but the functionality should be second to none, however, the windows mobile platform is horrible to use, a bit like going back to 3.1
Unfortunately Symbian and android have rocketed ahead in terms of development, and as far as usability goes wether younlike it or not, Apple iPhone is in a different league.
It always boils down to the same thing, it doesn't matter how many features, how many specs, it's the usability of the OS which makes it powerful. And WM isn't usable.
It relies on shells to give ease of functionality, but unfortunately the minute you need to message or do something in depth you're back in WM again.
Like 7, MS needs to look long and hard at WM, (and rewrite it from the ground up) if this product is going to carry forward and provide a serious contender in the mobile market.
Just sticking a windows badge on it isn't enough anymore.
Also, perhaps it's time for MS to allow for a clean install of WM, so that your smartphone isn't locked to the manufacturers shells and updates. I'd love to see that, to be able to download WM and install it in its pure state, to connect not to samsung but to MS for product updates and service packs - which at the moment are distributed by the manufacturers.
Don't get me wrong, i'm not rubbishing it by any means, but I think that MS should seize control of it as an OS rather than just an underpinning which is has unfortunately become. Third party shells ultimately fall short or lack functionality and you always go back to the core product in frustration (a bit like all these Mac OS X skins for Windows - and the dock and coverflow doesn't work, and the application icons are still windows etc).
If people who don't know its windows mobile on their phone, they certainly do when they try and use it. In the UK more Winmo devices get returned than blackberry's / android/ symbian/ iphones - because of this very lack of useability.
I'm due for an upgrade soon, will I look at winmo with the same enthusiasm I look at 7?... NO.
In fact I don't think i'll be touching winmo for some time to come, until WM7 comes out.
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|01 Sep 2009||#5|
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Hey, hasn't this been posted in the Vista Forums?
Windows phones are Coming on October 6th! - Vista Forums
Anyways, does anybody have the idea what the price range may be?
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