It is no secret that this editor is an old school Windows Mobile user, that finally jumped ship to Android after the enormous failure that was Windows Mobile 6.5. Even after that, I hold a specialist place in my tech heart for Windows Mobile, and especially for the future of Windows Mobile 7 series phones. But alas, I seem to be one of the few, as both Motorola and Verizon have pretty much slammed the OS during the last couple days.
First it was Verizon:
Verizon CEO Tony Melone has gone on record out at Mobile World Congress this week saying that he’s skeptical Micosoft has the capability to meet its lofty volume goals for Windows Phone –a little odd, considering that Verizon is on the verge of launching its first Windows Phone 7 model –and that he doesn’t think “Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship.” Referring seemingly directly to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s desire to make the smartphone war a “three-horse race” between Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, Melone says he thinks that “right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM.”
Then today it was Motorola:
Speaking at Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola’s corporate vice president of software and services product management, Christy Wyatt, said that while she would never say never, she doesn’t envision Motorola using Microsoft’s OS, and added that “it’s not something we’re entertaining now.” Wyatt went on to say that “there were a bunch of things that we believed about Microsoft that ended up not being true, mostly about what functionality it would have in what period of time,” and further explained that Motorola is looking for “an opportunity to create unique value,” and it doesn’t feel it can do that on a “closed platform” like Windows Phone 7.
That’s a lot of hating on Windows 7 Series phones in such a short period of time. I am not to surprised about Motorola though, as they have never really been a huge Windows Mobile maker, and have such a huge investment in their Droid line, but Verizon surprises me. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
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