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CNet's McCracken: "Microsoft's mobile software is terrific"

Buss worthy?

For a second day in a row, we have someone influential in mobile technology heaping some praise on Windows Phone (see yesterday's write-up). In an interesting post on CNet, Harry McCracken discuses what it will take to make Windows Phone not just the de-facto "third-way" but one with solid traction. Most of the reasons will be familiar to our readers: more stand-out hardware (not just a recycled Galaxy SII), more high profile apps (e.g. Hulu, Pandora), more carrier support, including greater handset choices and finally buzz--people talking about it in a positive light.

All of those suggestions we agree with and in fact have been championing for awhile around these parts. But what makes McCracken's piece a good read is his thoughts on the OS itself:

"Recently, I popped the SIM card out of my iPhone 4S, put it in a Lumia 800 handset loaned to me by Nokia, and lived with Windows Phone 7.5 for over a week. I not only lived to tell the tale, but enjoyed doing so. In most respects that matter, Microsoft's mobile software is terrific..."

Later on, he contends that Microsoft stands a good chance of being successful--Microsoft can afford to hang on and yet they can't afford to just give up either--leaving little choice in the matter. And if Microsoft can't succeed, there's little chance for a RIM or webOS comeback. He ends with this:

"More important, Windows Phone 7.5 is a fine operating system that deserves to be successful. Sooner or later, good products usually do okay."

Returning to the notion of positive buzz and Windows Phone needing it, we think McCracken just contributed to that trend.

Source: CNet; Thanks, Gaurav G., for the tip!

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CNet's McCracken: "Microsoft's mobile software is terrific"

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Obviously in the minority here, but the distinqtion needs to be made. Has Microsoft developed a software that supports Microsoft and their desires, absolutely yes. If the user decides to be fully cloud and social media centric this is the OS for you.
If on the other hand you expect to purchase a $500 tool for your small business (without an internal exchange server) to handle calendars and contact lists this is the WRONG choice. Also if you expect to share files without a SharePoint server, this is the WRONG choice.
I will say that the screen is clear, responsive, and usable. The Bing maps are excellent. Access to Facebook, Twitter, other misc. garbage is present and it becomes a great media collector for Zune support.
Short answer, I’m not impressed and will either go back to Crackberry or on to Android.

Re "If on the other hand you expect to purchase a $500 tool for your small business (without an internal exchange server) to handle calendars and contact lists this is the WRONG choice."
I was able to seamlessly sync contacts, calendar, and email with Google (and that is without using an Exchange server, internal or otherwise). There is also a Google Docs client for Windows Phone, though I haven't used it. So, even if you don't like Live Calendar/Contact/eMail, Exchange, or SkyDrive, I think there is still other ways for you to achieve your goals of contacts, calendar, and file sharing with Windows Phone for your small business. What am I missing, or did I misunderstand your concerns?

Sorry but you have obviously missed my desire NOT to be cloud-centric.  Too much of my work does not belong in the public cloud and much of the NDA'd work requires it not be in the cloud.