As Microsoft tries to bolster their self confidence with a mock funeral for the Blackberry and the Apple iPhone ahead of a tipped October 12th launch date, for their new Windows Phone 7 operating system vendors are saying that “actual” models running the new OS will not go on sale till November.
A Telstra source said that they will range Windows Phone 7 models from HTC and Samsung.
The funeral event in the USA saw Microsoft staff act as ‘pallbearers’ for oversized BlackBerry and iPhone devices being carried behind hearses.
At various points along the parade Microsoft funded promoters carried signs saying WP7 “buries the competition” They also took a pot shot at Google’s Android with a warning sign saying “Android falling.”
For Microsoft the success of failure of the WP7 is critical as consumers dump Windows OS Mobile phones for new offerings from Apple and vendors who have switched to Google Android based models.
During the past 12 months Windows Mobile’s share has been cut in however the new offering has some distinct advantages over the Apple iPhone real multi-touch, an accurate web browser and easy connectivity to an Exchange mail environment which could give it appeal to small medium business and corporate users.