NewWindows Phone 7 Features
When anyone asks me what the future of computers will look like, I take out my Verizon phone and say, PC’s are going to be this big. Naturally, we will have monitors and keyboards, but the actual PC will be so small that you can carry it in your own shirt pocket.
Well, that future PC is already here. It is the mobile phone device. iPhone or Windows Phone 7, or Android…whatever. The device does what the consumer needs outside of a business setting. That is the key.
Consumers don’t need Access, or Excel, or a Database system; they need communication between and among their friends. Steve Jobs idea to create a communication device attached to a mobile phone was genius. Otherwise, it would have been just another play toy for geeks. But he turned a mobile phone into a computer. With the Apps concept, it showed that if you have a specific program that does one, specific, thing the consumer will buy it. This is a far cry from the portable computer, or laptop. Now the PC can be relegated to it’s appropriate role, that of a business computer.
In that vein, Microsoft is planning to make some changes to the Windows Phone 7 to make it more accommodating to its customers. Here is a list of what they will offer in 2011.
Copy and paste functionality via a first major update, coming in the next month.Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012
These enhancements are doing two things, making the Windows Phone 7 more receptive to the consumer needs, but also keeping in tack the connection to the business end of the system. The iPhone doesn’t do that so much, partially due to the fact that they don’t have a “cloud” or office suite to connect to.
So will the Windows Phone 7 be successful because it has taken on a different set of characteristics, making them different from the iPhone? Time will tell.