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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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RE: It would be appropriate
By sprockkets on 9/11/2010 3:51:06 PM , Rating: 2
Another clueless one here boys.... Vista and Win7 are practically identical under the hood and mostly in interface as well. After the Vista service pack there's very little difference, you turn down UAC and everything is just fine. I'm a 15 yr developer who builds $3k systems every year or two and guess what, I PREFER Vista 64 over Win7. I won't get into why but it's usability. And don't forget in benchmarks both OS are almost idential in performance and in MANY tests Vista is the fastest. Know the facts, don't just buy into media hype and jump on the banwagon, especially when spouting off on an enthusiast site.

Actually one of the biggest differences is how the video sub system works. Anand went into detail about it, in short, they regressed one feature which sped up the processing considerably. Thus, Win7 isn't as sluggish.

But this is classic Microsoft. They get stuff right on the 3rd try. The Xbox360 hardware, their antivirus, Winvista to Vista SP1 then Win7, their Zune, etc.

RE: It would be appropriate
By Donkeyshins on 9/13/2010 12:55:25 PM , Rating: 2
But this is classic Microsoft. They get stuff right on the 3rd try. The Xbox360 hardware, their antivirus, Winvista to Vista SP1 then Win7, their Zune, etc.

I'd argue they got the Zune right in v1.0 (I still have my brown Zune) and continued to refine it through v2.0 and v3.0. I actually prefer the original to the v2.0 'squircle' version.

Unfortunately, when you are competing against a product that has become the default generic term for MP3 players it's hard to make much progress. Given this, I'd say however good the Windows 7 phone is, it'll be a viciously uphill battle against both the iPhone and Android.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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