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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 jimbojimbo on 9/13/2010 11:15:07 AM , Rating: 2
RIM's customers are primarily corporate. So the OS that Microsoft is really going up against is Android
It's because RIM's customers are mostly corporate that they should worry the most. On a purely corporate IT point of view the iPhone is ok since it supports most of the major features of activesync policies. The Android unfortunately still has no encryption, although it'll act like it does to Exchange. If Windows Phone 7 plays along with Exchange and activesync perfectly it will be a completely viable, and cheaper, alternative to the Blackberry. RIM should be worried.

By sviola on 9/13/2010 11:17:44 AM , Rating: 3
WP7 does play along with Exchange and Activesync. It also has Sharepoint integration (not to mention Office).

By mcnabney on 9/13/2010 12:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
Android allows applications to provide the higher level of encryption if required.

For example, I use an application called Touchdown on my Droid to access my corporate exchange server. It provides a higher degree of encryption than current RIM/BES offerings.

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