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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 gcor on 9/11/2010 11:19:12 PM , Rating: 1
Good for you!

I'm so glad everything has been sunshine and light and nothing has ever gone wrong in your world. Looking at the forums where people have had trouble and have sometimes found the cause and even work arounds, I don't think I'm the only one who's had trouble with MS and compatibility. But, good for you and your ability to always get it right first time.

I'd love to see you get a motherboard working that occasionally used instructions reserved for the OS. That one took longer than the warrantte period before people discovered that one out.

Problems like that are many are varied. Of course, if you're prescient and choose only parts that work 100% with MS, well done you. Notice I said "work", not "comply with spec", because MS doesn't always work to their own specs, sometimes due to the spec being imprecise, at error (i.e. can't be implemented) or just a buggy implemention on their end. Yes, I've seen them all. I'd don't blame MS for making mistakes like this occasionally, everyone is human, they just seem to make a lot of them.

These problems happen. I worked specifying the 3G mobile phone air interface, which is an open standard, worked on by many vendors. So, I've seen my fair share of spec problems fall through the cracks and need work arounds after release. In my opinion, MS just do a LOT of them.

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