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The 10 Biggest Software Stories Of 2010

Rick Whiting

2. Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Debuts



With its Windows operating system, Office applications and other products, Microsoft dominates the desktop and is a major player in the data center. But when it comes to mobile devices Microsoft is an also-ran. And that's a problem because, as pointed out by Ray Ozzie, until recently Microsoft's chief software architect, we're moving to a "post-PC world" and Microsoft runs the risk of becoming obsolete.

So that's why Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is arguably Microsoft's most important product this year. Windows Mobile, Microsoft's earlier entrant in the mobile OS sweepstakes, has faired poorly against the Apple iPhone, Google Android and other competitors. Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's attempt to hit the "reset" button and start fresh.

So how is it doing? Reports say only 40,000 consumers bought Windows Phone 7 devices on launch day, Nov. 8. Compare that to the 1.7 million Apple iPhone 4s sold in the first three days after its launch in June.

 
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