Predictions for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7

I don’t think the new mobile operating system from Redmond will fail, only because Microsoft as a company depends on it not failing.  The software giant is so far behind in the mobile game that they need desperately for WP7 to be successful.  And the only way to measure that success is the bottom line.  In dollars.  It won’t be in buzz or number of apps available or handsets or how open or closed it will be, which is what all tech sites will inevitably discuss.

Will it be a “success?”  I don’t know.  But from a consumer standpoint (and as a six-month Android user still unsure whether he likes his mobile phone or not), this is reassuring:

??????Microsoft has opted against letting hardware manufacturers tweak the Windows Phone 7 interface like they’re able to do with Android. So even though we’ll see multiple Windows Phone 7 handsets from various manufacturers, the look and feel of the software will be the same on all of them. During their presentation today, Microsoft also mentioned that updates to the Windows Phone 7 software can be pushed out to the handsets directly from Microsoft — you won’t have to wait for your specific handset to get the new software like you do with certain Android phones.

Microsoft has the pieces in place (music player, video games, a market, etc.) to deliver a seamless user experience without having them navigate additional third-party layers.  What I reckon is that Microsoft has decided to emulate Apple, except give their phone software a different look and feel.

Time will tell. Windows Phone 7 is still a stupid name, especially because they keep user the term “tiles” instead of “windows.”  The first phones will arrive November 8th in the US.

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