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

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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 sviola on 9/13/2010 11:15:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote: going to try to sell a product that is in no way superior (and in many ways inferior) to their rival.

Based on what do you say it is not a superior product?

That rival is already the number one player in the States and can offer a dozen different varieties and a large and growing App Store.

If I'm not wrong, people said the same about Android, that iPhone was the leader, had tons of App, no one to dethrone them. And also, there is no late to the mobile market. It is in its infancy, few people have smartphones compared to feature phones, and any good product has space for growing and getting market share.

There is even confusion in the name of the OS since it sounds like their current desktop OS.

It is an intended confusion: Win 7 is their best selling OS and is well praised by media and public in general. They're just adding value to their mobile product by making it have a similar name.

By mcnabney on 9/13/2010 12:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
Android had a key advantage.

It was being sold on all four wireless networks. That gave it the ability to rapidly evolve (remember, 12 months ago there was no Android selection) and fill a serious desire in the wireless device market.

That opening no longer exists. The Android platform has taken all of Microsoft's wireless device business and there isn't any reason for them to want to go back. The Android device choices are very broad now, and will only get more open. Android's killer app was being anything an iPhone could be, and more. What can WinPhone7 do that the market is aching for?

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