The event might not have quite the luster of an Apple
- It looks relatively easy to read, update and share Microsoft Office files like a PowerPoint slide. One step up on Apple.
- Xbox Live on your phone, while still in the early stages, this has a lot of potential to separate Microsoft from the smartphone pack.
- Integrating social media with Facebook and Windows Live at least has potential.
- Seems overly ... Microsoft. The demo focused on the ways you can use Office, Bing, and Xbox Live, but what about the hundreds of thousands of apps that make the iPhone and Android phones so popular?
- This software is about three years too late.
We'll know more when phones and possibly other devices are announced next week. In the previews, Microsoft seems to be doing a better job integrating current software with newly announced cloud-based apps.
All of these announcements would have been game changers four years ago, but with Apple's iPhone and Google's
I like what I've seen so far from Windows Phone 7, but I'm hesitant to think it can really take share from more established iPhone, Android and RIM phones. Is this Microsoft turning over a new leaf or a desperate attempt by an aging tech giant? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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