pressure is on for Windows
Phone 7. The Kin
project was a resounding
failure, selling under 10,000 units according to numerous reports
and sources. And Windows Mobile 6.5 is rapidly losing favor
with customers -- it's been bleeding
market share at a steady rate for the last year.One
key question is what the final products will be like. Very
early reviews have given us a bit of insight into that.
The other key question is "When will the phones land?"There
was no definitive answer from Microsoft -- until now. Microsoft
Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, who recently made waves by
comparing the iPhone
4 to Windows Vista in terms of what a mess it was becoming,
let slip the release Windows for Europe and the U.S. in a
presentation he recently gaveTurner states, "Now let's
talk about phones. This has been tough. This is a
lowlight. For me, the company -- it's tough. But you know
what? In the October timeframe, in the November timeframe -- in
October likely across Europe, in November likely across the U.S. --
the game... we're back in the game. And this game is not
over."Previously, another Microsoft presentation
indicated that the phone would
launch in October -- but did not say where.The
potential that they may get Windows Phone 7 hardware a phone month
ahead of their American friends should excite Microsoft fans in
European Union nations, including England. Usually the U.S.
gets tech products first and Europe has to endure a long wait.
Or else Japan gets it first, the U.S. gets it second, and Europe gets
it last.The move may surprise some give Microsoft's rocky
relationship with the EU. The EU delivered an
USD fine against Microsoft back in Feb. 2008 for what it
viewed as blatant antitrust violations. Then last year, the
union of states demanded
that Microsoft alter its new Windows operating system to
allow customers to select a browser via a "ballot box" type
process. Microsoft eventually complied,
begrudgingly. Microsoft recently announced its hardware
launch partners -- Dell, ASUS, LG, HTC, and Samsung.
quote: Frankly, people who whine should be shot.