…and just like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the children are following to the place where the Windows 7 phones will take them to the same fate as those who tried the Kin (how quickly the memory fades).

[TechConnect]

Today Microsoft has taken the final veil off Windows Phone 7, the mobile platform which brings together multiple MS services – Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing, and promises to help consumers quickly find and consumer information and content.

During a press conference in New York, Microsoft revealed ten devices based on Windows Phone 7 coming from its partners – Samsung, LG, HTC and Dell. Nine of the smartphones announced, the Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus, LG’s Optimus 7 and Quantum, HTC’s HD7, 7 Trophy, 7 Surround and 7 Mozart, and Dell’s Venue Pro, are set to debut this year, while the HTC 7 Pro and other models, will come out in 2011.

The first Windows Phone 7 handsets are set to become available in European and Asian markets next week, on October 21st, and will reach the US on November 8th. The WP7 offering, divided by carrier and market, looks a little something like this:

In Europe

O2

– HTC HD7, United Kingdom, Germany

Orange

– HTC 7 Mozart, including France, United Kingdom

– Samsung OMNIA 7, including France, United Kingdom

SFR

– HTC 7 Trophy, France

– Samsung OMNIA 7, France

Movistar

– LG Optimus 7, Spain

– HTC HD7, Spain

– Samsung OMNIA 7, Spain

Deutsche Telekom AG

– HTC 7 Mozart, Germany

– Samsung OMNIA 7, Germany

Vodafone

– HTC 7 Trophy, including Germany, Spain, United Kingdom

– LG Optimus 7, including Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

In North America

AT&T

– HTC Surround, United States

– Samsung Focus, United States

– LG Quantum, United States

T-Mobile USA

– HTC HD7, United States

– Dell Venue Pro, United States

TELUS

– HTC 7 Surround, Canada

– LG Optimus 7, Canada

América Móvil

– LG Optimus 7, Mexico

In Asia Pacific

SingTel

– HTC HD 7, Singapore

– LG Optimus 7, Singapore

Telstra

– HTC 7 Mozart, Australia

– LG Optimus 7Q, Australia

Vodafone

– HTC 7 Trophy, including Australia

 

All I can say is that anyone who wants this for the possibility that it will work like their Windows machine at home is kidding himself, for it does not include the signature Windows concept of copy and paste, for those that think they will be able to accomplish many things – there is no multitasking. {Perhaps others’ memories are less clear on this, but I know that the entire point of calling it Windows, and not Window, was the idea of emerging multitasking, and no matter how bad it seemed to have cooperative multitasking instead of pre-emptive multitasking, it was still multitasking.}

But the phones will be popular, for a while at least, because the name recognition of Windows and the wish for the way it should work will lead them to purchase. It won’t be the same as Kin, but over time it could be.

Perhaps one of the phones will have a winning combination of features, for the idea of Windows will not completely carry a phone, but it will not completely kill a phone either.

Apple has gotten the iPhone in early enough, and there are enough apps that will allow the mobile user to connect with a PC in ways that make the notion of needing a Windows phone to connect to a Windows machine quaint. [Notice the X1 search app that will be available for the iPhone and iPad – it will be big.]

In America only, it would be interesting to see a survey of likely buyers who will not buy at launch because of carrier choice, or lack thereof.

Though there will be numbers of lab rats buying, it would probably be best to wait for the second generation phones, where CDMA carriers might be added, and the folks at Microsoft may add multitasking, to take it from a Window phone to a Windows phone.

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If your Windows 7 phone looks like this one, you should run…quickly.

I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.

Henny Youngman

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