Windows Phone 7
Microsoft’s big launch of the Windows Phone 7 One of Those That WAS great hoopla When the company rolls out a new product Announcing, But This Time It Was Some pretty important hoopla.
A lot depends on whether Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 gets off to a big enough start to Succeed in Keeping the company, Relevant in the mobile market. Right now it looks like Microsoft is Giving it the best shot it knows how to make.
Unfortunately, whether Microsoft’s best is good enough Remains to Be Seen. The phone looks like it has all the right parts, at first glance That Meaning the Windows Phone 7 will look a lot like an Android phone, But Once You get past the first look, There Are Differences.
Most Notably, the screen is around functions Rather Than Organized applications. Things like So you’ll see an icon for the e-mail hub, or one for the Office hub. These hub Their enclosed application icons and icons Apparently Can Be animated and dog show a tiny view of What they’ll look like when to to open-kind of like the view you get When you pause your mouse pointer over an icon on the Windows 7 Taskbar .
This approach is vaguely reminiscent of Microsoft’s ill-fated phone Kin That horrified the consumer base so That It Was Withdrawn Within weeks. That phone Used That Opened tiles on to e-mail, instant messaging and social networking sites. But There Are Differences. The most notable is Microsoft Is Launching Globally That this phone. Furthermore it’s using a Variety of Manufacturers and carriers. In the U.S. AT & T will get the first phone to Week Later Followed by T-Mobile. Manufacturers will include Samsung, HTC, Dell and LG.
Much has-been made about The Fact That Microsoft Phone 7 is Launching first on GSM networks, But this Makes a lot of sense. While the CDMA networks of Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Are big in the U.S., MOST of the world is GSM. This is likely the Same reason Apple That stuck with GSM carriers so long-it The Biggest Ensures global user base. Apple unlikable, but Microsoft Is Said to Be planning to launch of CDMA versions of the Windows Phone 7 in early 2011.
The hapless Kin unlikable, the devices will Have Phone least 7 Have the capability of doing actual work in a business environment. Microsoft will include a mobile version of Outlook with the capability of Connecting to More Than One Exchange server, it will Have A Fully functional calendar and address book.
In Addition, the Windows Phone 7 will come with mobile versions of Microsoft Office, Including the Ability to work with SharePoint Server. While There’s Some question about how convenient it May Be to create or edit documents on a phone, the capability will be there. So Not only can you create your own PowerPoint slides while you ride the bus, But You Can use the Windows Phone 7 sharing feature to inflict Them on Others.
But Being There’s more to enterprise phone to good Than just working with Exchange and Being Able to edit Office documents. Other phones Can Do These tasks, too. What will matter to enterprise IT managers is the whether the Windows Phone 7 Can Be Easily Integrated Into the enterprise, and whether it Can Be Made To Be trusted secure enough. There Are some encouraging signs here. Microsoft is Already Promising the Ability to find a lost phone, to erase and lock the phone remotely, and events to post to “Return Please” message on the screen.
Missing so far is Any mention of Other Abilities to control the phone remotely s s, such as the Ability that’s present in Exchange Server to turn off the camera in Some Circumstances. Without That, There Will Be Organizations That Will Not Be Able to allow the Windows Phone 7 Into the workplace.
This May NOT matter, of course, the real sincere direction of the device Appears To Be Rather Than recreation and entertainment work. But part of the reason for the success of the iPhone and the Android Many devices is the Ability to present Something Useful to Virtually all users.
Apple Went to a lot of trouble to make the iPhone enterprise friendly. So Despit ITS emphasis on music and movie as platform, Also it includes the Ability to Be managed by the enterprise. BlackBerry devices, of course, plow Needs Integrated tightly with enterprise, and while the Windows Phone 7 May Not Need to Emulate That capability, Microsoft does Need to address use in the enterprise if 7 is Phone to Be Successful In That part of the market.
Right now, we do Not Know Exactly what Microsoft Will Be Able to Deliver Phone with the Windows 7, although one Hopes it’s a lot more like the Functionality of the iPhone and Android Than devices like the ill-fated Kin. Slightly Despit the new Kin-like, screen, at least Some of the parts seem to Be in Place. But a great deal will depend on whether enough of Them Are There for IT managers to care about the Windows Phone 7.