Windows Phone 7…Is It Just Me?

Samsung Focus running Windows Phone 7Am I the only one who is not impressed with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7?  Compared to the iPhone and various Android incarnations, the interface seems so boxy and bland.  Even the name is unimaginative.  But I suppose I should not expect anything more from a company that has a product simply called “Office”.

Even the handsets that Microsoft chose to put their OS on at release seem uneventful.  None of them stand out from other phones, or from each other, for that matter.  Maybe I’m just accustomed to higher standards, but shouldn’t everyone be?

Worst of all is that Microsoft has chosen to release this phone without full functionality (i.e. no multitasking or copy and paste).  That was bothersome for both iPhone and Android users until the developers fixed it, so it is not a surprise that Microsoft is following the trend.  Nevertheless, Microsoft cannot really afford to do this.  All of the other competing smartphone OSes have multitasking: Apple’s iOS, Android,whatever a Blackberry’s OS is called, and WebOS (from Palm).

Most are saying that Microsoft is too little, too late anyway, but if they had released something revolutionary, something that people just could not resist, maybe they would stand a chance.  That just did not happen.

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