MWC: Microsoft Pitches Windows Phone 7 as Personal
When unveiling Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft took a pointedly personal position as CEO Steve Ballmer and VP of Windows Phones Joe Belfiore attempted to sell the use of the OS as a "delightful, fun" experience.Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wasted little time touting the updated Windows mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 Series, as a new way for end users to connect to their mobile devices. Along with revealing a long list of hardware and carrier partners and a launch date for the OS-Christmas 2010-Ballmer book-ended the official announcement of the operating system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, while Joe Belfiore, vice president of Windows Phones, demonstrated the features and functionality of the operating system. Perhaps surprisingly, for a company best known for business, the emphasis this time was overwhelmingly on the personal. Belfiore repeatedly used words like "intimate," "unique" and "individual" when describing the ideal interaction consumers should have with their mobile devices. He often reiterated the notion that a phone is not a PC and should therefore not be treated like one. "We wanted to go back and revisit the design and come up with a user experience that's new and different," he said. "How can we build a phone that focuses on the end user and the things that make the phone reflect your unique personality and needs?"
The goal, Belfiore explained, was to make an operating system that was more organized and task-centric and that helped organize information and applications. He spoke of building a modern phone that "takes advantage of users' complex lives to make something unique and individual."