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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Windows Phone 7 will beat iPhone and Android according to Developers & IDC

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Report claims Microsoft’s Detailed Plan to Rule the Mobile World with Nokia, RIM, and Skype..
There are two ways to look at this plan: first, it’s definitely a bold bit of forward thinking by Microsoft, and it allows the company to leverage development efforts across multiple platforms while providing the opportunity for a massive fresh start in the marketplace if and when the new branding is unveiled.It wasn’t so long ago that Redmond’s Windows Phone reboot mantra was “the phone is not a PC,” but now it seems everything else is turning into a phone, running the Metro UI on an ARM SoC.
If anyone can make a comeback in the mobile industry, it’s the software giant, Microsoft,but the question remains, can the world’s largest software company ever come back from the Windows Mobile operating system and leave a real mark on this space? The answer, we believe, is yes, and Microsoft is making all the right moves.

Let’s rewind a few years back. Microsoft has a complete monopoly on various industries such as computer’s operating systems (Windows), word processing software (Office), and many more.
The partnership with Nokia is a stroke of genius," says Brian Reed, vice president of products for BoxTone, a provider of mobile device management services. "Nokia is fighting for its life. The company needs Microsoft, and Microsoft needs a strong mobile partner who can deliver compelling hardware."
                                        
Don't forget that, despite Nokia's recent troubles, it still has the largest installed phone base and an overall strong brand.

Even Developers, IDC Pyramid claimed "Microsoft creating One OS to rule them all"


(Credit: Pyramid Research)
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such optimistic noise from researchers about the chances of Windows Phone. The Nokia partnership will definitely help them out, and having most of the other major cell phone manufacturers on board will ensure that the platform gets broad coverage.
And the major Four reasons: Windows Phone 7 Will Beat iPhone and Android 

1. Will: Strong Partners, Deep Pockets

Ever since Microsoft announced its partnership with Nokia back in February, tech pundits have been buzzing about a possible acquisition. 
"The partnership with Nokia is a stroke of genius," says Brian Reed, vice president of products for BoxTone,
Don't forget that, despite Nokia's recent troubles, it still has the largest installed phone base and an overall strong brand.
"One major advantage Microsoft has is that by being largest software vendor in world, they can bring together more pieces of both corporate and consumer value chains than anyone else," Winthrop says.
Compared to Google, Microsoft has a much longer legacy of selling to consumers and enterprises. They have stronger relationships. They have a stronger sales channel, and even though they lag behind Apple, Android and even BlackBerry as far as apps are concerned, there are still plenty of Windows and Windows mobile developers out there. The gap could close quickly.

2. Will: Cloud Computing and the Advantage of Openness

Google and Microsoft were both more aggressive than Apple about rolling out cloud services, but even if iCloud is Apple playing catch-up, services like iTunes Match and Book synching will make the iPhone even stickier. Looking at smartphones through the consumer prism, why would an iPhone user abandon the platform for Windows Phone (or Android for that matter)?
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Productivity, communications and collaborative apps, all with added functionality and cross-platform availability via the cloud, could set Windows Phone apart from other smartphones. Of course, this means that the smartphone provider that should really fear Windows Phone's rise in the short term is BlackBerry.

3. Will: a More 'Productive' Phone

Although Windows Phone 7 is being targeted at consumers, Microsoft's strong history with productivity and business could become a significant differentiator.
"Windows Phone delivers the most seamless Exchange email, calendar and contacts experience, enables full access to documents on SharePoint sites and rich viewing and editing of Microsoft Office documents such as optimized mobile navigation in Word and editing in PowerPoint. Additionally, IRM support, alpha-numeric PIN and Exchange server search are just a few of the features coming in the Mango update that will enhance mobile productivity," says Tim McDowd, senior manager, Windows Phone.
Microsoft's expertise with productivity influences even consumer-focused features. Instead of taking an app-based approach, Microsoft built Windows Phone 7 around a task-centric philosophy.

4. Will: Beyond Tablets, Smartphones

Tablets and smartphones are all the rage today, but neither became popular overnight. Who knows what devices will catch fire in coming years?



Chris Fleck of Citrix believes that Microsoft should do its best to bring new classes of mobile devices to market. "The Windows Phone hardware today is good enough to use but not innovative enough to prompt users to change," he says. "A smartphone was a phone plus a PDA. Now, there's an opportunity to develop 'Nirvana phones.' Take the phone and do more with it. Dock it. Connect it to virtual desktops. Connect it to high-resolution video displays."..

I have to wonder if WP7 will still be Microsoft's smartphone OS in 2015 or if they'll have moved to WP8."

 









14 Responses so far.

  1. John Z says:

    It's such an interesting report. I think at least some of the Pyramid Research john.pengzhang@gmail.com have used android or iphone products, how can they come up with the idea that Windows is better??? Well, well, well, the graph shows that MS market share will hit the bottom in June, 2011, which is right now. Let's see what happens. The truth will reveal itself very soon

  2. If it were 2007 then this scenario will be feasible. But with Windows not offering anything ground breaking, the most likely scenario is that Windows will speed up Nokias demise in the market. All the innovation is coming from Google and Apple these days which is why the PostPC market is killing traditional PCs. Windows now represents less than 50% of the Internet capable devices.

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  4. hahaha what joke first of all, WP7’s UI is beyond ugly. Icons look like traffic signs: only 2 colors and the other color is white. Titles are in big lowercase letters and don’t even fit the screen.

  5. "And Microsoft’s tried and failed to put variants of Windows in the living room several times: first with Windows CE on the Sega DreamCast and then with Windows Media Center, which has sadly been all but forgotten."

    Not forgotten by me! I love WMC and everyone that comes over and sees it always compliments me on how awesome it looks (especially the music playing UI)

  6. I switched from Android to WP7 a week ago . Having fun finding things new about it everyday. Like Skydrive storage....thank god I still have unlimited data,
    Great OS so far. I hear is going to happen with the update

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  8. normas says:

    WP7 is the coolest thing I have ever seen on a mobile device... I think sooner or later it will beat others.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I don't think so... Not everyone outside love the Windows Phone way... Its a god OS but not ready for power users, and most Symbian users don't like (it miss some features Symbian has for many years, and no, I'm not talking about the "multitasking" implementation on windows phone) it will success in the US, at least it will gaing some path, but. I don't think it will overruled Android and iOS, maybe a second place.
    For the record, I hope MS or someone else monopolize the Smartphone OS universe, just look at the PC market, despite the god OSes we have today, they are still the same crap in the botton that we have from 1998 - 2001 Phone way... Its a god OS but not ready for power users, and most Symbian users don't like (it miss some features Symbian has for many years, and no, I'm not talking about the "multitasking" implementation on windows phone) it will success in the US, at least it will gaing some path, but. I don't think it will overruled Android and iOS, maybe a second place.
    For the record, I hope MS or someone else monopolize the Smartphone OS universe, just look at the PC market, despite the god OSes we have today, they are still the same crap in the botton that we have from 1998 - 2001

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