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Stirring the Smartphone Pot a Little More: Windows 7 Mobile

Posted by iammarchhare on 14 August 2009

I had gotten some pushback on my post “Microsoft Dropping the Ball?” where I stated that Windows Mobile and even Smartphone hardware needs updating.  Well, it appears that Windows Mobile soon will be updated with Windows Mobile 7.  There is a ZDNet video on TechRepublic, where they ask, “Poll: Would you hold off buying an iPhone 3G S to see how Windows Mobile 7 compares?

Windows Mobile 7 is called the “Big Bang Release for Windows Mobile” by Mary-Jo Foley, who was interviewed for the video.  There should be new phones being manufactured for the release beginning this fall.  I hope this means better hardware as well as better software because, as I stated in my previous article, some of my dissatisfaction is with the speed and memory of some of the phones I’ve used.  I also wonder if any of them will support T-Mobile’s UMA.

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Cell Phones Too Complicated?

Posted by iammarchhare on 24 June 2009

Some of you took exception to my contention in “Microsoft Dropping the Ball?” that smartphones are losing ground in the cell phone arena because of a lack of innovation by MS.  In particular, I posited the question, “What have you (MS) done for me lately?”

Of course, the world is full of dissenting opinions, and that is one of the things that makes life interesting.  In fact, PC World just recently posted an article on 21 June 2009 that “Cell Phones Getting Too Complicated, Poll Finds”.

As they say, though, YMMV.  In the LifeHacker article “Are Standard Cellphones Too Complicated?” that contains a pointer to the above article, you see people bemoaning too many features, but some seem to have a feature set they consider essential that does not involve simply sending/receiving voice calls.

I guess “complicated” is in the eye of the beholder.  If it is viewed as a “needed” feature, then not having it is a negative.

I’m going to stir the pot even a little more, though.

I’m honestly not so sure that the future is with cell phone technology, though.  Some experts have implied that satellite technology is better and coming down in price.  Satellite phones don’t require a cell tower and can be used in the remotest areas.  Then, there are some who believe that VOIP will continue to become ubiquitous and of better quality.

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Microsoft Dropping the Ball?

Posted by iammarchhare on 3 June 2009

According to Jason Hiner at TechRepublic, there are 2 big trends that MS have dropped the ball on.  He writes in “Sanity check: The two tides that are turning against Microsoft”:

However, Microsoft’s role at the center of the information technology universe is very much in doubt, for two reasons. The first culprit is Microsoft’s own lack of focus and the second is a pair of industry trends that Microsoft is not well-positioned to exploit:

  1. The migration of applications to the Web browser
  2. The rise of the computer phone

I’m not so sure about the first one, but I am personally disappointed on the 2nd count.

I am not sure about the first one because MS has been pushing Windows Live for everything.  There is even an Office Live, which I have to wonder if that doesn’t cut into their pocketbook somewhere.  MS has also launched a beta social networking site called Microsoft Vine.  If you are like me, you’re probably wondering if we really need another social networking site.  However, MS has usually found a way to push out other competitors in the past, so I’m not ready to bet against them.

The smartphone seems to be a different story, though.  When it comes to the smartphone, I want to ask, “What have you done for me lately?”  I mean, where are the hardware enhancements?  Where are the software enhancements?  Where are the bug fixes?

In fact, when my T-Mobile Dash had problems – again! – T-Mobile “upgraded” me to a Blackberry Pearl.  I’m not impressed with the Pearl.  It is more stable, but then again I cannot do half of what I did on my Dash unless I want to pay more!

I’m disappointed in mobile computing in general, but twice so when it comes to MS smartphones.  The capabilities are there.  Windows Mobile is a decent OS, but it needs an upgrade.  The hardware and OS needs to be able to take more memory – easily.  At the moment, the hardware and software is like the 286 with expanded memory.  It works, but only sort of.

The Blackberry, while nice, means dumping my Windows apps and paying more for the same level of service.  Yet, it looks like MS is not going to topple RIM any time soon because they’ve been asleep at the wheel.

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