PC World puts Windows Phone in '10 Tech Wins of 2011'

It's the end of the year, so it's time for those arbitrary yet popular "lists" by popular magazines and news outlets. PC World is no different and they just put theirs up.

As you can guess from the headline, Windows Phone landed a spot in their top 10 list of "tech wins" for the year, specifically the 9th slide--it's not clear that they organized them in any order, so that's good. Other mentions were the Kinect, Siri, Google Chrome, Samsung's Galaxy series and IBM's Watson.

Do these lists matter? Yeah, actually they kind of do. We take our devices for granted a bit around here but lets look at the audience for these periodicals--fact is, any positive word of mouth is great for the platform. So we're more than pleased to see Microsoft making the cut (twice, in fact) and we hope it piques some interest in 2012.

Source: PC World; Thanks, D-Burrs, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • GREAT!
  • This is good news. Go Windows Phone!!
  • Thought this list would be cool until I saw Google+ on it...why people still talk about that I have no idea...yea, 40 Mil have signed up...but who actually uses it? That's what I thought.
  • I was there from day 1 and we have to admit that this platform has come a long way
  • Yeah! Me too. I was at the Tmobile store on launch day asking these stupid sales guys if I could please look at the HD7. They didn't have it on display, and there were no signs that it was even available at the store. Finally one of them pulled one out from behind the desk so that I could try it. And this other sales guy wanted my to try the mytouch instead. I said no thank you. I had to literally force them to sell it to me! It was unbelievable. But yeah. Windows Phone has come a long way.
  • Asking or forcing retailers to sell you a Windows Phone is outrageous but sadly it appears to be the norm when it comes to Windows Phone. I sure hope things will get better sooner rather than later.
  • With all the stupid moves Microsoft pulled this week now carrieres can sell Xbox Live services to iOS users. Excuse me sir I want a phone and im a big Xbox gamer what do you recommend well the iPhone now has Xbox live and Halo Atlas which cost 5$ or you can go with a WP over there (points at the corner with no marketing). Most likely the end user will buy an iPhone good job Microsoft
  • Halo ATLAS is on iOS?  Where did you read that?  Also, the My Xbox App...seriously...every one of those features could already have been done on Xbox.com.  MS is just smart enough to realize that iSheep won't use something unless you can call it an app so they had to pet their head and make them happy.
  • Me too, I own a HTC Trophy & Samsung focus on Verizon/ATT. While I am happy with both devices, I am utterly sicken by the lack of product promotion in both of the carriers store. For Example:
    I went the the ATT store on Hwy 6 in Alvin, TX. today at about 1:15PM to see if they had the HTC titan which they did (and it's a very good device). I just happened to walk in at the same time another lady came in to inquire about a new smart phone. Knowing what I wanted to see, I went straight to the Titan; as I stood there checking out the phone, the lady inquire didn't have a clue about these phone so she asked the saleswoman what she recommeded. Of course she promoted Apple and Android telling the lady that Android was better than Apple. I'm just waiting for the sales lady to tell her about WP7, but of course that never happened. I simply left the store.....I will not give my business to a store that does at least show WP7 as an option and know how to use it. THEY SUCK!!!!
  • Yeah, you sure show those AT&T store people how much they'll miss your business.
  • @OMG55...I would have politely 'interrupted' at the appropriate time and asked the lady if she ever heard of Windows Phone?  Then pointed her in the direction of those devices.  And if I had the time, I would have demoed one of the units for her, and then told her that when she was ready to make the purchase (I would have demoed it well enough to where she would have been SOLD!), to order the phone 'online' for two reasons - the salesperson didn't have the decency to mention the product, and the salesperson doesn't deserve the commission.
    Oh well, maybe next time?
  • Unfortunately, WP sales are still slow, if BestBuy.com is any indicator. Perhaps all the good press will spark something up. As of Tuesday on bestbuy.com: AT&T (69 devices offered)
    28. Samsung Focus (30. a week ago, 23. a month ago)
    29. Samsung Focus Flash (32. a week ago, 48. a month ago)
    48. HTC Titan (18. a week ago, not available a month ago)
    57. HTC Surround (62. a week ago, 56. a month ago)
    60. Samsung Focus S (57. a week ago, not available a month ago)
    62. HTC HD7S (59. a week ago, 55. a month ago)
    68. LG Quantum (66. a week ago, 52. a month ago) T-Mobile (32 devices offered)
    14. HTC HD7 (27. a week ago, 15. a month ago)
    25. HTC Radar (11. a week ago, 23. a month ago) Verizon (52 devices offered)
    40. HTC Trophy (40. a week ago, 32. a month ago) Sprint (50 devices offered)
    29. HTC Arrive (29. a week ago, 29. a month ago)
  • Titan and Samsung Focus Flash with the right marketing and advertising should sell like hot cakes I want a Titan cant wait to check it out.
  • If the Titan were availible on T-Mobile I would SOOO get it. I just wish MS could make manufacturers put their devices on more than one carier. I don't want AT&T.