Windows Phone 7 Slammed as a Disastrous Waste of Time And Money

Windows Phone 7 Slammed as a Disastrous Waste of Time And Money

Up to today, Microsoft had managed to keep the Kin's failure and early termination largely separate from the discussion over Windows Phone 7. According to Redmond, the Kin was neither fish nor fowl; it wasn't Windows Phone 7, but it wasn't Windows Mobile 6.5 either. After Microsoft's WP7 demos at Mobile Beat this year, that's no longer possible. According to Infoworld, WP7 "will be a failure...Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It's a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it's out of the mobile game for good. It is supposed to ship around Christmas 2010, but anyone who gets one will prefer a lump of coal. I really mean that."

That's a startlingly strong attack from a major IT publication on an OS that hasn't shipped yet, but the information provided is fairly damning. We already know Windows Phone 7 won't support multitasking (only MS's first-party apps are allowed to multitasking.) There's no copy-paste functionality, the UI isn't well integrated, and apps can't cross-communicate. The OS's features and browser, meanwhile, are equally weak. The current WP7 browser is "Internet Explorer 7, with some IE8 capabilities added."  That means no HTML5 and no hardware acceleration ala IE9.


We aren't sure even Zune guy can save this OS.

The more information that leaks out, the more Windows Phone 7 sounds like a kludged-together mess. With NVIDIA pushing Tegra and phones generally evolving towards more advanced UIs, you'd think Microsoft would prioritize the sort of hardware acceleration that could give its phones a distinct edge compared to the competition. Instead, it sounds like the Kin debacle was much more indicative of what we should expect from WP7 than Microsoft wants to admit. 
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If the criticism of Windows Phone 7 is coming out then why not include the stuff it's missing. Sure I like the interface of the phone but I want to see this OS up-to-date with the modern OS's that do have HTML5, multitasking and all that stuff, if Microsoft doesn't include that stuff then Windows Phone 7 will be a bad choice for anybody looking for a phone and it'll become the underdog once again, like Windows Mobile 6 before it.

Why would anybody buy the Windows Mobile phone when they can chose another smarthphone that has better features then the Windows phone? That's the question Microsoft should be answering.

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>> Why would anybody buy the Windows Mobile phone when they can chose another smarthphone that has better features then the Windows phone? That's the question Microsoft should be answering.

Oh God no.  That's the kind of question a company asks when they think they can win on innovation.

The typical Microsoft maneuver would be to ask a different question:: "Why don't we 1) remove all the existing synchronization features in our desktop OS, 2) implement an all new TPM-protected 'DirectSync' API that will not allow anything but WP7 devices to sync, and then 3) say we're did it all 'for security and performance reasons'? MwAHaHAHAH!"

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I saw a couple pics of WP7.... looks kinda like the kin interface... lol oh boy....

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acarzt:

I saw a couple pics of WP7.... looks kinda like the kin interface... lol oh boy....

I heard that Kin and Windows Phone 7 was supposed to be related, except the fact that the Kin OS was just a cheap ripoff as it's parent and ran like a non-native version of Windows Phone 7.

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If anyone can do it...they can!

I think they just really need some people who actualy care about this development. Now it seems just like a unwanted stepchild:P that no-one wants to play with!

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"I think they just really need some people who actualy care about this development."

Mostly everyone seemed to care only for the UI, and that's salvageable in Android, for example. If it's really as broken as InfoWorld reports, maybe MS should just start from scratch, or just drop it like IW suggested.

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Nethersprite: Or they can just patch these things into the version they're working on, it's not like these features can't be implemented into a developer build.

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lol... someone misread the powerpoint presentation when they were showing the pros and cons of the iPhone OS. They must have mislabeled the cons as pros lol

"No Multi-tasking support? No Copy Paste? Are you sure? Well if that's what people want"

Jeez microsoft.. there was nothing wrong with Windows Mobile.... you shoud have just added in hardware acceleration and a few new features instead of trying to rebuild it as something new and RUIN it.

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"Jeez Microsoft.. "

Haven't they always tried to make the world conform to their idea of how it should be?

How many times have they shunned standards with Internet Explorer? And now that they're forced to adopt standards, they act like it was all due to them and their innovation.

They're too big for their own good, and just can't see the forest for all the trees.

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Infoworld's take on WP7 sounds very different from a lot of the recent reviews of the beta preview. Just google search for reviews. There were a lot of positives about it, though I don't think there were any 100% 'great' reviews.

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Infinity,

There's a definite phenomenon when writing up a beta preview called "Cut them some slack." It's not good form to rip into a beta preview the same way you would a final shipping version. That said, the strength of the InfoWorld piece was a big surprise.

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So basically, Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's Vista. Or should that be "Vista was Microsoft's Windows Phone 7?" It's confusing just being alive.

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More like it's Microsoft's ME yuck!

Have we all forgot how utterly horrible that OS was?

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Acarzt,

No. :P

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