Hey Microsoft, Don't F*ck Up Windows Phone 7

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Dear Microsoft, you did a good job at out-Appling Apple with the Windows Phone 7. At least on paper. But instead of trying to beat them completely, it seems that you want to screw it all with two stupid decisions.

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The first one: Eliminate application multitasking. After making fun of Apple's iPhone for not supporting multitasking, you are exactly following Apple's task model... just when it seems that they are bringing multitasking with iPhone OS 4.0.

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Let me get this straight: The biggest smartphone on the planet, the one you are trying desperately to beat, may implement multitasking in its next revision, and you decide not to do it? Even if multitasking doesn't materialize in the iPhone OS 4.0, don't you think it would be good to come up with a way to allow it, and introduce your smartphone as the better alternative? No? Yes? Maybe? Come on.

And then... then there is copy and paste.

You and your fans didn't just make fun of the iPhone's lack of copy and paste—which lasted until iPhone OS 3.0. You just couldn't stop laughing and pointing your finger at it and doing faces and sticking your tongue out. But now, when it's your turn, you are not including copy and paste. Please, allow me to try to put this to you as mildly as possible:

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Are you out of your fucking mind? What kind of fuckassery is this, Microsoft?

I know that the actual release of Windows Phone 7 is still months away. I know that things are not final yet. And I know that you may change your mind because there's nothing to win here except a big brown paper bag full of hurt and hate. So please, please take these blunt reasoning and expletives into consideration.

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And don't fuck up Windows Phone 7. The market needs the competition.

Lots of love,
j.

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geekymitch
geekymitch

Completely valid, top to bottom. HOWEVER, that having been said...

iPhone, the first edition, sold pretty decently considering it didn't have multitasking or copy/paste. Hell, it didn't even have 3G! How can this be?

I'll tell you how: it was unique in its market space and appealed to a group who, until the iphone, were searching endlessly for a better way...a better way to browse, a better way to manage media...hell a better way to not have to carry a phone AND an mp3 player.

Lets also not forget: copy/paste was added down the road by an OS update, something that I'm quite certain MS would plan on as well...oh and guess what: we're 3 iterations in with the iphone and multitasking still isn't here. Even if it's on the cusp, how many iphone 3g and 3GS did apple sell, and do they CONTINUE to sell, despite the lack of multitasking?

So please, before we put the "fail" stamp onto phone 7 because of these, admittedly notable shortcomings, lets see what actually comes out. At the end of the day, they want to sell phones...and if they're comparing themselves to apple and the iphone (as any smartphone needs to at this point) then they've SEEN that a phone doesn't have to be everything right away. It doesn't have to be everything after its 3rd model. What it DOES have to do is offer something different, unique, functional, and exciting. From what I've seen so far, I'd say they've done all of those things.