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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 Belard on 9/12/2010 1:20:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm talking about ability and business. For small business, schools and many people - there isn't any real advantage for Win7. Keep in mind that many were using DOS well into Windows98, some even into Win7 (ugh).

Yes, when using WinXP at a clients place is sometimes odd when I'm trying to do a Win7 GUI functions like throwing windows to the side, etc. But that doesn't keep me from getting work done. V/W7 are still based off of XP along with many of built-in defects NT in general, compatibility is important after-all.

But, other than DX10~11, what can Win7 do that XP cant? Networking, browsing, MS-Office, etc etc.. There isn't a single Win7 game out there... other than HALO2 and that was (A) artificial (B) a crappy game (C) there are hacks for that. Maybe 1-2 other MS games are also "DX10" only for sake of forcing people into vista (fail). It is completely in MS's ability to make HALO3 and REACH for PC - but MS wants people on Xbox with its LOW-res. So to a degree, DX10~12 are moot if high-end PC gaming dies (other than MMORPG and RTS games).

When you grow up on computers from the beginning such as Commodore 64 (8bit, 1Mhz - NO HD) and AppleIIs (same stats, but ugh) then to original 9" B&W MAC which were like "WOW!!" and Amigas at 8mhz. When going from 2 to 16 colors is a BIG jump, much less 256 and then thousands.

Windows 7 is a very good upgrade and change over the 10 year old WindowsXP.

RE: It would be appropriate
By Reclaimer77 on 9/12/2010 7:22:29 PM , Rating: 2
For small business, schools and many people - there isn't any real advantage for Win7.

The added security over XP alone is "worth it." I don't think there's any debate that 7 is by far more secure down to the kernel level than XP ever was. The problem is, it costs LOTS of money to change OS's due to MS's licensing structure. So if schools or businesses seem reluctant to go to 7, that isn't a mark against the OS itself.

Having said that, I do believe I read that 7 is enjoying impressive business adoption rates compared to Vista.

But, other than DX10~11, what can Win7 do that XP cant? Networking, browsing, MS-Office, etc etc..

Well by this logic we could all still be using Windows 2000. It does all that stuff too! As far as the gaming stuff, high end PC gaming isn't going anywhere this decade in my opinion.

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