Windows Phone 7 – I Want To Believe

There should be an image here!Never in my life would I have been thinking that I would be pulling for Windows anything. Even in my Windows using days, I used it because it’s what I had to use… not out of choice. Today as I live in a world of multiple desktop options, I have come full circle as I watch people refusing to give Windows Phone 7 an honest chance. Some have even charged that this is the Windows Kin all over again.

I happen to see things a bit differently, in that I believe the phone is being marketed to the wrong segment of users. Having played with some of the early models myself, I think that this is a phone that would appeal to users who no preconceived perceptions as to what a smart phone is and what to expect. Cleaner text, easier to navigate (for new users to smart phones), among other little niceties mean that Microsoft’s best chance is to take the Wii approach and stop trying to compete with established leaders.

Appeal to the untouched market, whomever that may be. That has been my message to Microsoft since trying out the phone firsthand. I say this as there is nothing wrong with it, rather competing in an arena where Android and iOS already are stomping out BlackBerry and WebOS, doesn’t really put Windows Phone 7 into a terribly strong area. Personally, I think that moving to the lesser served market would allow Microsoft to gain a better foothold in the mobile market. Ignoring this advice, I fear that the new Microsoft OS could be a slow start if not a total dud due to its instance in competing with more mature mobile platforms.

[Photo above by Katie Brady / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Developers On The Fence Regarding Windows Phone 7

Even though Windows Phone 7 is just around the corner, it seems like some developers are waiting to see how things go before committing much in the way of development effort. I suppose it’s understandable considering the fact that this is what many consider to be a new mobile OS.

But is it also not logical to jump on board this new mobile OS early, as it could be the best opportunity to leverage a new and upcoming opportunity? It makes sense to me. Why not jump on board right away? Why wait?

Imagine if developers waited to see about Android in lieu of the iPhone’s iOS? If all of the early developers for that platform had waited for something compelling to happen first, Android today wouldn’t even be on anyone’s radar.

The point is that this chicken or the egg argument being push forth with the new Microsoft mobile OS is pointless. I suggest those who want to gain as many new users as possible develop for the OS that can provide that. All indications show that Windows Phone 7 is going to be worth developing for. Just something for developers to consider.