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WP7 US launch marked by small lines, none at Microsoft store


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WP7 US launch marked by small lines, none at Microsoft store
WP7 US launch marked by small lines, none at Microsoft store | Electronista
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That has to be a painful to acknowledge for Microsoft. It's going to be a tough uphill battle for them in the smartphone market.

I wonder, if their largest market segment would be their employees...
Microsoft to employees: 'everybody gets a Windows Phone 7!' -- Engadget
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That has to be a painful to acknowledge for Microsoft. It's going to be a tough uphill battle for them in the smartphone market.

I wonder, if their largest market segment would be their employees...
Microsoft to employees: 'everybody gets a Windows Phone 7!' -- Engadget
Then you can really say the W7 phone was never used by anyone outside of MS .
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I loled through class when this was at the top of one of the news headlines. What did they expect with such a weird user interface? That's not taking a step forward, more like taking 10 steps back with that interface. I wonder what Ballmer has to say about this?

The way I see it is, if you want a great phone, get an iphone. Can't afford it, get the latest android phone and still end up with a great phone! WP7 fits nowhere on that list.

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I agree with the above. Even some of the android phones of late are slowly getting quite respectable. I fear the people who designed the W7 mobile did not get it. And I think the proof of this is in the final released product.
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Actually, I find the interface quite interesting. I especially like the social media integration.

I'm definitely going to a store to check it out in person, though of course I'm sticking with my iPhone 4.


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Microsoft Tech: Long line* at AT&T store on Phone 7 Day | Network World

This is a fun read. Aparently, there was some bribery involved to get some big lines at the stores.
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Microsoft Tech: Long line* at AT&T store on Phone 7 Day | Network World

This is a fun read. Aparently, there was some bribery involved to get some big lines at the stores.
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It turns out though, from comments below, that Microsoft may have used the same concert ticket gimmick for the Kin launch earlier this year, also known as the Kin debacle. "You'd think Microsoft would learn to try something different this time. But no, it's KIN all over gain," wrote the Kin Man. Britton clarified that the concert tickets, a joint AT&T and Microsoft promotion, were given away on a first-come, first-served basis and that no purchase was required.
So yeah on the one line up in the W7 mobile release day, most people bought a concert ticket and not a W7 mobile. But in the iphone 4 launch day there was many many line ups and 100% of the people in the line either bought an iphone or wanted one and missed out on that day.

It seems people are not "into" MS products like back in the 90's. I remember the lines up for Windows 98 on the TV news. Midnight release and it was crazy. But these days most people don't think MS products are "cool" anymore. Hence no need to line up and be one of the first to brag about getting one. Unlike Apple products where the line ups are huge and the unboxings are all over the internet.

For me MS are ticking all the boxes for "A product that does the job it says". But the box for "you will have a lot of fun or seen to be cool while using these products" is empty. I think MS as a brand is not considered cool anymore. MS need to really spice up their image and marketing campaign. And not the dodgy funeral or Jerry Seinfeld in a shoe store tripe. Some real innovative ads that are not cut/change a word or 2/paste from someone else. But a real original idea. I know that's asking a lot from MS. But I think that's what they need.

So in my opinion the products are sound. But flashy and cool but they get the job done. But the marketing and brand like-ability stinks.
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The nifty different color themes to me is a sight for sore eyes- I mean compared to the icons-on-a-screen interface that iOS and Android have.


Of course, I would still use an iPhone any day over WP7, but still...

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I'm surprised people are easily swayed by concert tickets. Why?? It just boggles my mind. T_T"

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I'm certainly not an MS hater, but I have to say that I just find the interface to be ugly and somewhat awkward. I think I'd stick with my blackberry before I'd make that jump, and my blackberry is about to drive me nuts.

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Free concert tickets to a sold out show, just for waiting in a line for a few hours? Where do I sign up?


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Didn't Microsoft have a huge parade or something about this before, Where they carried a big dead iPhone or something like that?

EDIT: Neowin.net - Microsoft workers celebrated Windows Phone 7 RTM with iPhone hearses

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I'm surprised people are easily swayed by concert tickets. Why?? It just boggles my mind. T_T"
To a nearly sold out show, or to not pay the $180 for a good seat ... Yesss please

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