Windows Phone 7 receives "operating system of the year" award

There's been some beautiful headlines lately with the Windows Phone OS taking awards, winning polls, and more. Adding to the trophy cabinet is "Operating System of the Year", judged at the 2011 Know Your Mobile Awards. The Metro interface was the main focus, which differentiates the OS from the likes of both iOS and Android. Xbox Live, Bing, Windows Live and Office integration were also highlights.

Runners up were Samsung's Bada and Blackberry 7. A selection of comments from judges on Microsoft's winning OS:

"It has the most potential, with a unique interface and a rapidly growing apps selection. It has a great looking UI and doesn't look like Android or iOS."

"A massive move from the previous OS. Huge growth in apps and the system looks heaps better than the competition."

"Innovative interface, with more success to come."

"A refreshing OS that doesn't try and copy other operating systems. Has attracted a large number of developers too."

Source: Know Your Mobile, thanks Ahmed for the tip!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Don't disagree with their decision, but the line "runners up were Samsung's Bada and Blackberry 7" completely undermines any value this award might have.
  • Sadly, that was my exact first thought. :(
  • Felt the exact same way.
  • i was happily reading till "runners up where Samsung's Bada and Blackberry 7" my mode changed to wtf ? >:|
  • The story don't detail enough which is probably why some of these comments are so salty. In the story, as I suspected, the criterion is "uniqueness" and potential in the marketplace.
    From the story:
    "Inspired by Metro signage, the Windows Phone User interface provides users with an easily customisable start screen, which is focused on putting people first.
    Stepping away from the sea of isolated uninformative icons used by other smartphone OS', Windows Phone integrates the user experience to deliver smarter and easier communications, apps and Internet experiences.
    Our judges said:
    ‘It has the most potential, with a unique interface and a rapidly growing apps selection. It has a great looking UI and doesn't look like ANDROID or iOS.'
    ‘Innovative interface, with more success to come.'"
    Kudos and Congrats to the Microsoft design team.
  • Nice but why is that that baldhead guy is holding an iPad????? Thought?
  • because the iPad 2 is awesome. what more 'thoughts' do you want?
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  • WP7 WON the award guys, GET OVER IT!!!! Y can't y'all accept any good news about WP?
  • come on deep down inside even you know this award has little credibility :P
  • No you're just being a butthurt loser.
  • I don't care that the iPad is awesome or not, they were talking bout WP, and by the way I have 2 iPad 2 & my MacBook pro running win7 so what!!!!!!
  • I'm a WP7 but I believe iOS is the best OS. And where's SymbianOS/MeeGo :P
  • Windows is really a great OS. And windows 7 is amazing. I just love the look & feel, functionality and easy to use interface of this OS. Congrates for being #1 in this competitive era.
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