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Samsung may only recently dismissed Windows Phone 7 as a minority interest smartphone OS, but that hasn't stopped it today announcing its "long-term commitment" to the platform. The South Korean giant said is plans to launch "several" Windows Phone 7 devices this year globally. Microsoft was, of course, on hand to cheer Samsung …

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Professional market ?

I know this is slightly off-topic, but how can WP7 focus on the professional market when Mobile Device Manager is not even announced for Windows Phone 7 yet?

The site hasn't been updated in ages, and it still talks about WM 6.1..

Is there a new management suite, or is WP7 just another unmanaged handset?

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Doomed Windows Phone 7 has no ecosystem

We know from a Deutsche Bank report that Microsoft has been paying OEMs to make Windows Phone 7 handsets.

These OEMs would not have anything to do with Windows Phone 7 otherwise.

We also know that Microsoft is paying software vendors to port their iPhone apps to Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft will also have to pay consumers to use it, as nobody is going to buy a handset that is missing the most basic of operating system features, such as Copy-Paste and full multitasking. Windows Phone 7 also does not allow you to tether your phone to a laptop, and due to missing APIs, third party software cannot access the compass, or the video camera, and games can't access GPU shading.

Windows Phone 7 is a rotten, dysfunctional phone system that people are best to stay away from.

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Doomed FAndroid has no idea

A business in the business of paying organisations to undertake some work, what a shock ! Call the cops.

Why weren't you around to warn those fanbois in their millions who bought a phone that had no cut n' paste and still lacks full multitasking? They seemed to be paying a fairly hefty price for their iphones given the cost of the contracts they're thethered to.

You sound so bitter and worried - chill.

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@IT specailst

"As nobody is going to buy a handset that is missing the most basic of operating system features, such as Copy-Paste and full multitasking."

Early versions of the iPhone didn't allow you to that but it never stopped mases of mugs.... sorry fanbios from going out and buying it anyway PMSL!

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WTF?

which is as maybe

but their not going to go out and do it again are they?

I find it very hard to believe that any iPhone user is going to jump ship to move to a Microsoft phone. I also find it damned near impossible to believe that any Android user would make that move either.

so........ Who is going to by a new windows phone??

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WTF?

So people will only have a choice between Apple and Google? WTF?

Perhaps less Apple users will make the switch. I can understand that such people have been exposed and affected by the Distortion Field.

As for Android users, I can see a lot of people switching:-

To the everyday consumer, there is no brand coherence and near zero brand recognition. You may have this with the phone manufacturer, e.g. HTC, which may create some form of brand loyalty, but as HTC will also sell WP7 the possibility is that the user will stick with HTC, but not the platform.

To the techie, well I can see a number of reasons why this type of individual may make the transition from Android to WP7:- Fragmentation caused by an Open system whereby manufacturers add bloatware to differentiate (but also affects performance) and also staggered, non unified updates.

WP7 also has some exclusive features that could tempt the dissatisfied:- Integrated XBox Live, Zune and MS Office. A unique and user-centric UI.

I don't understand why people don't want competition - you should be applauding MS for coming up with a decent effort to compete with iOS and Android.

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Gates Horns

The question that begs an answer is: "Why?"

Samsung has pre-existing successful OS so why are they, and HTC, going to make handphones using that must be at least lower than the 5th slot on the OS popularity pole.

Could it be they all signed confidential contracts to bang out these losers or is the OS free or are they being paid by MS to make them?

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Looking forward to it

Looking foward to WP7 to give it a spin. The more competition in the mobile space the better for the consumer.

Hopefully Nokia will also get itself out the rutt, and HP can rejuvinate Palm, WebOS is a gem, the best mobile OS I have used so far (inc iOS / Android)

Don't want the mobile arena to turn in to a 2 horse race.

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@BarryB

While I'm quite happy with my Android phone and plan on sticking with Android for the foreseeable future, I must agree with your points. More competition in the mobile space can only benefit everybody, and this is one arena where it looks like Microsoft won't be able to leverage their desktop monopoly to squeeze out competitors.

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Support WinPho or we'll patent-sue-ball you bastards like we did HTC

Remember, according to US Patent Law, Microsoft own Android.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/29/microsoft_htc_linux_patents/

Thanks USPTO.

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no copy and paste

People pointing out that the original iPhone also had some of the same limitations, are missing the point; that was over 3 years ago, and several generations of iOS have gone by since

At the time, if you wanted a smartphone that did touch and UI well, you had to put up with the limitations of the first gen iOS.

Its now late 2010, and MS are releasing into a world where the iPhone has been refined over the years, and there is a wide range of very good Android phones. It's not the same; it like in the 1970's you could release a new model car without airbags and ABS, but the market has moved on a lot so people expect much more.

When Apple released the iPhone, you didn't expect to be able to pick and choose tens of thousands of inexpensive applications and games to run on your phone; now I wouldn't buy a phone without being able to install the apps use; which pretty much narrows it down right now to iOS or Android.

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Correction

"Samsung paid to say nice things about Win 7"

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Meanwhile, Samsung dumps Symbian, while the world stands by and does nothing

A nice email arrived in my inbox this morning. The gist of it is here - the whole thing was a JPG, so I guess they don't want it copied and pasted - but frankly, I've seen letters sent to stalkers from solicitors which were less terse.

'Samsung Mobile Innovator - Termination of Support for Symbian

Samsung Mobile Innovator will discontinue its Symbian support service from December 31, 2010.

Event Schedule : Oct 29 - Symbian Lab.dev closed. Dec 30 - Symbian Forum closed. Dec 31 - Symbian content removed. Registration and certification of Symbian applications for the Samsung Apps Store will cease from 08.00am Dec 31.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and interest. Please visit www.symbian.org for alternative Symbian development forums.'

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Samsung feels the love for Microsoft's search engine

Samsung, Samsung....isn't that the phone maker that loads it Google phone with a Microsoft search engine (Bing), locks down that search engine so the user can't replace it, and fails to forewarn them?

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