Microsoft Executive: We Made the Windows Phone to Combat the iPhone
Microsoft's Windows Phone was invented in response to Apple's iPhone.
Microsoft and Apple go back; way back. Back before the twenty-first century. They have butted heads and tried to appeal to the public as to which operating system was better and who had the best products over the years. While it is incredibly obvious, a Microsoft executive actually admitted that the Windows Phone was purposely made to rival the iPhone. The executive's name is Joe Belfiore, one of the engineers that helped bring the Windows Phone operating system to our world.
Belfiore was noted by the New York Times
in a report saying, "Apple created a sea change in the industry in terms of the kinds of things they did that were unique and highly appealing to consumers. We wanted to respond with something that would be competitive, but not the same.
While most, if not all, of us can agree that Apple turned the playing field for smartphones into a more profitable field with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, we were not expecting Microsoft's engineer to explicitly blurt out that the iPhone was their motive behind the Windows Phone. While not surprising, it was the Macintosh operating system that brought birth to the Windows operating system. History repeats itself. The only difference this time around is that iOS comes ahead of Windows Phone 7, where on a personal computer level, Windows has come ahead of Macintosh.
Windows Phone offers a rather distinctive GUI (graphical user interface) that screams Microsoft. We see that Microsoft is taking that signature design into Windows, as those of us who have the developer copy of Windows 8 handy have seen. Windows 8, also promises to become a tablet operating system as well as a desktop operating system, which helps it compete not only with the Macintosh computers that Apple sells, but also the iOS iPad. The way that Microsoft's software works, is certainly, "competitive." Calling it the, "same" however, would seem impossible.
What has Microsoft produced that has competed with Apple's iPhone so far? SkyDrive competes with iCloud. Internet Explorer competes with Safari. Hotmail competes with MobileMe (now iCloud). Windows Phone 7 has everything that it needs to be a powerful operating system capable of fighting neck and neck with iOS. At the same time, it's a completely different experience from one operating system to the other.
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