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Windows 7 Phones Hard Sell

A friend asked (on Facebook, nm less) for opinions on whether to migrate his company's phone service from Google Android to the new iPhones, as their contract needed to be upgraded. Obviously absent is any mention of phones sporting Windows, but there was a time when Microsoft's OS for phones was among the top three in sales.

It's ancient history now, in Internet terms, but Microsoft hopes it can ride the momentum of business's Windows 7 upgrade cycles that are supposed to take place in the next few years, by convincing business customers to upgrade to Windows 7 phones, expected later this year. (It seems we're always waiting with Microsoft.) Microsoft makes an argument for using those phones as the center of one's Windows-based world, with seamless collaboration between Microsoft's offline apps and the online, made-for-the-cloud ones. Essentially, Windows 7 becomes some sort of "Office hub," to put it in Microsoft terms.

It's nice to see Microsoft trying to make this all work, but the harder task would be to convince my friend to migrate in Microsoft's direction.
-- By Michael Domingo

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/09/2010 at 1:17 PM


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