Bashing Microsoft's mobile business has become something of a sport, and frankly, it's a pretty easy one given all the holes that exist in Microsoft's strategy. But with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has hit reset, gone back to the drawing board and come up with mobile OS with hooks for both consumer and business users.
Microsoft has a ton of ground to make up, of course. But as the Chinese philosopher Laozi wrote in the Tao Te Ching, way back before even Windows Mobile was launched, "A journey of a thousand [miles] starts with a single step." Following are five signs that Microsoft, with Windows Phone 7, has got things right this time around.
1. Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers
Microsoft's decision to forgo backward compatibility with Windows Mobile was somewhat controversial, but going with Silverlight for application development in Windows Phone 7 was the right call. In doing so, Microsoft is empowering developers with .NET experience to hit the ground running and start building apps for Windows Phone 7.
"Microsoft might be onto something with their use of Microsoft Silverlight as the standard way to develop applications for Windows Phone 7 devices," said Dave Meeker, director of emerging technology at Roundarch, a user experience and technology design firm that works primarily with the Fortune 500 and large government organizations.
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