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Microsoft employees carry a coffin for Apple's iPhone  (Source: Carl J)

  (Source: Carl J)
Microsoft is pretty confident about how Windows Phone 7 will perform in the marketplace

Well, we can say that the folks from Redmond definitely have a morbid sense of humor. In celebration of the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft held a mock funeral for two of the stars of the smartphone community: the Apple iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry.

According to Neowin, there were hearses for both the iPhone and the BlackBerry along with Microsoft employees dressed up in Windows Phone 7 garb. Microsoft even went so far as to have employees performing the infamous "Thriller Dance" to celebrate the hope that Windows Phone 7 will bury the competition.

Interestingly enough, while Microsoft definitely had Apple and RIM in its crosshairs today, “dead” Google was nowhere to be found. There were no hearses for the Android OS, so either Microsoft just overlooked this "minor" detail, or it doesn't think that it has the muscle to bury Android so quickly.

Windows Phone 7 is reportedly set to launch on October 11.

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By Icehearted on 9/11/2010 3:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't currently own a Nintendo system. I used Nintendo as an example because they really did say they were fishing for a different audience than Sony and MS with their current platforms (and I own a Xbox 360, FYI).

Maybe a little fact checking on your part would have helped your argument float a bit better.

RE: Advertising, publicity stunt, or mudslinging?
By Camikazi on 9/11/2010 8:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
I love Nintendo, but they had to go for a different audience then Sony and MS, cause they knew they could not compete with them. Wii and it's unique audience was what saved Nintendo, if they had taken part in the console wars of Sony and MS they would have been crushed. They just did not have what was needed to fight Sony and MS on their turf and they knew it.

By Icehearted on 9/11/2010 8:44:23 PM , Rating: 2
I don't disagree. My point is simply that they were successful without having to resort to theatrics like this. No prodding their competitors (and the other big two are competing with them, especially now that they're really pushing motion control), no mudslinging, and for a couple of years their hardware still managed to outsell the other two by a wide margin.

By gamerk2 on 9/13/2010 10:35:53 AM , Rating: 2
Agree that Nintendo HAD to go in a different situation, though its important to note its dire financial situation. Its also worth noting that their software sales, outside of first party title...not doing so well right now. Lets see how the Wii holds up for the next few years, shall we? Personally, I think the novelty is wearing off. [I'm also predicting Move/Kinnect to be massive failures; wrong audience combined with limited support = bad combination].

Oddly, the support problem is reversed in the portable market; the Wonderswan Color was the last real competitor Nintendo's had in that arena...

By Camikazi on 9/20/2010 5:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
Of course they did not prod or bother their competition, they knew they couldn't cause pissing off the big guys when your bleeding in a corner is a BAD idea. Their only chance was slowly moving away from the big two and finding your own corner to play in and heal, they didn't do it cause they wanted too, they did it cause they had to.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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