Windows Phone 7 will be out possibly as early as the month you read this—October—although no firm release date had been announced as of this writing. Obviously, Windows Phone 7 represents a lot of risk for Microsoft—and a lot of potential.
There’s no getting around the fact that Microsoft is late to the smartphone game, with the iPhone and Android gobbling up market share. But, in my opinion, it’s not too late—not by a long shot. Right now the aforementioned competitors are the main game in town: HP hasn’t given any clues as to what will happen with the Palm Pre phone since it bought Palm, and the BlackBerry has no juice at all. That means there’s absolutely room for another entry, and Microsoft is working hard to make sure Windows Phone 7 becomes that third major player.
To do that, it will all be about—say it with me (and skip a little bit, if you’re feeling brave)—developers, developers, developers, developers! Previews of the UI are encouraging, and I love the fact that Microsoft hasn’t copied what Apple and Google have done with their interfaces, coming up with something completely different.
But at the end of the day, folks buy smartphones because of the apps they can put on them. It will be crucial for the developer community to have a heaping helping of apps ready to go at launch, and many more soon after. If those apps aren’t outstanding—and they need to be, given the competition’s head start—it will make the hill that much higher to climb. So, putting on my consumer hat, here’s what I think are the key features of any Windows Phone 7 app, in order of importance:
So get to work. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Tell me about your app at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As far as MS App Store is concern it is full of crap software. I tried downloading the apps from there few months back but most of the apps are difficult-to-use and some does not work. Even FaceBook app which is provided by MS does not work many times. Being a MS Pro user, looking forward to have good apps at least for WM7
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