Windows Mobile Anniversary
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Yesterday there was the anniversary of a year since Microsoft announced the public launch of Windows Phone operating system. Has anybody noticed the past year? Has Microsoft succeeded at least in part to create a platform that could be considered a potential competitor to iOS and Android operating systems? I thought for about a week that this anniversary was near and I was ready to write a rather long post about this matter. But I did not know how close the first year of Windows Phone was to completion. Yesterday I saw on Twitter (rather late) Joe Belfiore’s message that stated their first Windows Phone 7 sold in Europe was exactly a year back. Good. A year has passed. What happened regarding the Windows Phone development?
There are three directions you need to keep in mind: the operating system itself (with the ecosystem of applications that the user has at his disposal), the hardware that runs on Windows Phone and the market share (the latter two are directly related ). Can we consider Windows Phone a real competitor for the iOS and Android based operating systems? I love to talk more on the operating system itself and the applications because I have watched nearly the entire progress. Yes, a real progress and an important one nevertheless. Let’s take things one at a time.
The moment Microsoft launched Windows Phone operating system was quite sad for many users as the operating system was inconsistent for many mobile platforms, but it promised further stability and it offered as soon as possible exactly that. I also said that in some previous review that I did here on Digitalnerds.com. The operating system had elements of attraction (tile icons, Facebook and Sky Drive integration) and many shortcomings (the lack of a consistent useful copy & paste mechanism, multitasking, integration of other social networks, etc.).
In Europe it came up with quite few devices that ran on it (of which only four have been launched in eastern Europe – four to be more precise). The guys from Microsoft had an interesting strategy: they came up with something new and they offered it to the market at that time aware that the system itself could not live up to Android or IOS features. They made little fuss around the platform and then focused on attracting developers to the idea that attractiveness is needed for many applications in the Marketplace. Working in parallel, they collected feedback and continued enrichment work / finishing platform. There were not wrong.