Seun Osewa: Windows Phone 7 May Win the Mobile OS Wars
In late March this year, we reported that Windows Phone 7 would be coming to Nigeria this summer, after Shina Oyetosho, Development Platform Evangelist at Microsoft Nigeria hinted this at the Bloggers’ Brunch.
Well, it didn’t come as announced and anticipated. Oyetosho later revealed to TechLoy that Microsoft was hoping to launch it with Samsung devices, but Samsung seemed neck-deep into the Android OS. He also disclosed that the Windows Phone 7 would be launched at the same time with its Mango update.
In case you don’t know, Windows Phone 7 is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft. In February 2010, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 7 to the world and got the tech world excited about its overhauled mobile operating system with its fresh user interface, added features, and promises of improved performance.
At the event, Mr. Oyetosho disclosed that “in terms of apps development, the Windows Phone 7 leaves the iPhone in the dust.” Perhaps you might say: “Why won’t he say so? After all, he’s a bloody Microsofter!”
Windows Phone 7 may win the Mobile OS Wars. It seems to have the best dev tools: more productive than Android/BB, more accessible than IOS.
While we’re not sure whether Seun is a Microsoft fan boy, we can expect that the Windows Phone 7 Mango would bring a number of super interesting features that could turn Microsoft’s fortunes around. Yet, it’s too early to predict.
Microsoft has already released Mango to device manufacturers, although there’s no timeframe for when the device manufacturers and operators will push it out to Windows Phone 7 users, but we can expect it in September.
While Microsoft may be trying too hard to implement features that it believes will set Windows Phone 7 apart from the Android OS (Google) and the iOS (Apple), we can’t wait to see what Apple would do with iOS 5 or Google’s response.
What are your thoughts?