I admit it. As many of you've suspected and accused me of over the last few months, I'm not a huge fan of Microsoft. I wouldn't exactly characterize myself as an Apple fanboy, but I'm sure others would (and have). My own view is that any attachment as fierce as "Apple fanboy" implies to anything other than a body part is emotionally unhealthy and a waste of time and energy. I have extolled Apple for its innovations, and have equally excoriated Apple for its idiocies.
For every wonderful trick and treat Microsoft presents in Windows Phone 7, there were plenty of functions absent that iOS and Android have made names for themselves doing. Once compared, it's obvious WP7 is not finished, Considering how advanced Windows Phone 7's competition is, the following seven deficiencies make a mockery of Microsoft chairman Steve Ballmer's claim of Windows Phone 7 being "thoroughly modern."
Microsoft is jumping into Windows Phone 7 with both feet. There'll be nine WP7 handsets available globally this year (three from AT&T and two from T-Mobile in the U.S. next month starting Nov. 8), and at least one more — The HTC 7 Pro for Sprint, the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 we've seen — in the first half of next year.
If Windows Phone 7 flops, it certainly won't be for lack of trying. We've identified seven aspects of the new phones and operating system that should make Microsoft proud and has us intrigued.
In a couple of hours, Windows Phone 7 will make its big debut. Reviews of the preview build of the OS were generally favorable, but the technology is just the beginning. Cellphones are completely different beasts than they were when Microsoft first entered the mobile market 10 years ago. WP7 is challenged like other major smartphone OS has been. Here's why.