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    Default Windows Phone 7: Tiles, not Apps
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv-fbO-_xl0]YouTube - Season of the Witch: New Windows Phone Ad[/ame]



    Microsoft has launched its latest effort to stay relevant in the smartphone wars with the release of Windows Phone 7 yesterday. Showing off nine new devices that will run the new version of the Windows Mobile operating system, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer called them "a different kind of mobile phone." Microsoft is differentiating Windows Phones from iPhones and Android devices with an interface in a "glance and go format:" a tiled interface of "hubs" for different tasks rather than apps per se. They also released a clever - and creepy - series of ads showing people staring at their phones, zombie-like.


    Microsoft has a market share of only 5% in the global smartphone market, according to a recent report from Gartner, as compared with 9% a year ago. The iPhone - a single device, on one carrier in the US - has a 14% share. All Android phones make up another 17%, just behind BlackBerry with 17% and the smartphone champ Nokia with 41%. WinPhone 7 is starting with a remarkably heterogeneous lineup of phones: the Dell Venue, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC HD7, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Pro, LG Quantum, LG Optimus 7, Samsung Focus, and Samsung Omnia 7 are all based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor. This kind of recalls Microsoft's early-80s strategy of only supporting computers with Intel x86 chips.

    They have chosen an interesting strategy to take on the established smartphone platforms. Rather than talk about how many apps they have, they pretty much do away with the whole concept of apps, focusing instead on their "hubs," which are tiles on the home screen that when tapped, open contacts, email, messaging, pictures, etc. Ballmer claims this will "makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a 'glance and go' format."

    Microsoft's ad campaign tries to make this case in a pretty inventive way. If you walk around the city, it's hard not to notice how many people are staring at their smartphone screens. The two new ads rolled out for the Windows Phone 7 launch play on this: phone users in "Really" stand there oblivious to the people around them and get into mishaps, while "Season of the Witch" shows a creepy world where everyone is staring at their phone, walking in slow motion while Donovan's 60s psychedelic classic song plays.

    Of course, it remains to be seen how customers take to this marketing message, but it has to be better than the official Microsoft press release, highlighted by Gruber: "The goal for Microsoft’s latest smartphone is an ambitious one: to deliver a phone that truly integrates the things people really want to do, puts those things right in front of them, and either lets them get finished quickly or immerses them in the experience they were seeking."

    Huh what?

    Source: MacRumors

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    Ummm... so is this a microsoft forum now...? :-s

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    ok that advert was shite..
    thats was basically saying heres a town full of phone pressing dorks that have failed in life..
    Windows 7 Phone. A phone to Save you from your phone
    Being an i can be a lot of pressure. you have to live right up to the small point.

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    When u have a Retina display....why WOULDNT u want to stare at it all day! It's like having a beautiful girl in front of you, you don't want to "glance and go"! U wanna keep looking!
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    One of the most boring ads I've ever seen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheReliq View Post
    Ummm... so is this a microsoft forum now...? :-s
    No! Its relevant news what the competition is doing in view from apple!
    I don't give a damn about Chuck Norris, Spongebob can grill under water!


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    ******* fanboys.

    I hope modmyi.com also support Windows Phone 7. Stop hating and if you don't like the phone then do as you were and stick to your iPhone ****.

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    wooot wooot!!!!

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    Wow I can't believe people do not like that commercial. It was awesome.

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    look at the other videos regarding windows phone 7. kinda looks like the awaited "Zune Phone."

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    I don't like it!!! looks like my zuneHD player,,, I'll past!!

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    So now there is a "token black guy" in advertisements or am I the only one to notice that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheReliq View Post
    Ummm... so is this a microsoft forum now...? :-s
    Products that try and directly compete with the iPhone are Apple related news by association

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
    Wow I can't believe people do not like that commercial. It was awesome.
    Totally agree...and the ad was (sadly) somewhat true. It always amazes me how some people tune out the world and just gawk at their phones.
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    bring on the competition.

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    I just want to say that I'm really seeking the iPhone experience. Will that be brought to me in WP7 ?

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    ^ The iphone experience in a windows phone 7? do you mean will it be as revolutionary as the iphone or the amount of apps or what?

    If you want an iphone experience keep your iphone

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    how bout a ModMyWP7? Just like that ModMyMobile where just nothing ever happened... common poetic_folly!

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    We'll have to wait and see. But I think I know the ending...Good luck!

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    I liked the vid... I was pretty impressed how they all kept their eyes on the phone the entire time. I'm diggin the look of the phone. Ill be keeping my i put I say anything that makes apple push the limit is cool with me.

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