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!