WP7 in the Tablet Arena
WP7 in the tablet arena
As for the tablet arena, most firms are leveraging the personal UIs and environments from the mobile world for tablets. Apple has done this by using iOS from the iPhone with enhancements in the iPad (rather than using the Mac desktop operating system).
A number of tablets (including the Samsung Galaxy TAB) are using Google's Android mobile operating system. Thus, it seems likely to me that Microsoft will eventually develop a version of WP7 that they might dub Windows Tablet to support larger screens, gestures and the Windows Phone Marketplace application in the tablet arena.
WP7 and RIM
I think RIM should be somewhat worried with the introduction of WP7. The BlackBerry UI has not changed much in the past 10 years. BlackBerry devices are rock-solid and work well but don't provide the "sex appeal" provided in Apple's iOS or Google's Android. Also, Microsoft has great relationships with enterprise IT. They'll make it easy for enterprises to roll out WP7 instead of just BlackBerry phones. It will be interesting to see how RIM responds to WP7 over time.
Overall, Microsoft is back in the game with WP7. I look forward to spending some time with a WP7 phone and getting some hands-on experience. In the end, it's the users and enterprises that vote with their pocketbook. But it seems highly likely that Microsoft will earn significant market share over the next few years as they evolve Windows Phone. Kudos to the Microsoft team for giving the mobile world another good user experience.
We'll look back on the mobile market 20 to 30 years from now and see how important it was to have had provided a number of different UIs, and then we'll see how customers declared what they liked the most.
J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC. As a nationally recognized industry authority, Dr. Purdy focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry in North America. Dr. Purdy is an "edge of network" analyst looking at devices, applications and services, as well as wireless connectivity to those devices. Dr. Purdy provides critical insights regarding mobile and wireless devices, wireless data communications and connection to the infrastructure that powers the data in the wireless handheld. He is author of the column Inside Mobile & Wireless that provides industry insights and is read by over 100,000 people a month.
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