InfoWorld got to see a bit more of Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile Beat conference, and have come out swinging against the OS.While they originally excited by early preview, the newer versions have caused Galen Gruman to label the OS a “disaster”, saying:
Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It’s a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it’s out of the mobile game for good. It is supposed to ship around Christmas 2010, but anyone who gets one will prefer a lump of coal. I really mean that.
Why is he so dead set against the OS? Because he feels like it’s missing a bunch of core features. He thinks that WP7 seems as if it were designed to compete with the original 2007 iPhone, and has completely missed the features both it, and WebOS and Android, have added since then. He notes the clunky UI, lack of HTML5 support, no multitasking, and no copy-and-paste as being particularly egregious.
It’s an incredibly vitriolic rant, but it seems Gruman has some valid complaints against the fledgling OS. Here’s hoping that when WM7 it isn’t bogged down in the way he describes.
The editor of the article was a former MacWorld editor and has had several books on Apple. I guess a little angst against MS was something he needed to get out of his system since the iPhone 4 debacle.
I find reviews helpful if the author has at least some positives and negatives about a product. Maybe more positive than negative or vice versa is typical, but his article doesn’t find anything positive which is simply impossible to believe.
Here’s a rebuttal to his rant http://blog.markarteaga.com/WillWindowsPhone7Succeed.aspx
WM7 is going to have certainly some innovative and new things in the product. Demos have been pretty good from what I’ve seen on Youtube, etc. Yes, it’s a first release and has a few things that will need to be updated to reach it’s full potential, but overall it’s going to be a SWEET phone IMO. But that’s to be seen, it’s still yet to be in my actual hand to give a proper review.