How competition and criticism created the greatest mobile OS
I've always kept an eye out for Windows Phone since it came out in 2010. I started watching a lot of videos showing WP in action because being an Android user I was quite unsure about switching. But one day, I did it.
Now, for all those who haven't ever used Windows Phone, well, you just gotta give it a try.
One adjective to describe it: mind blowing.
You just can't believe how FAST it is. How well thought everything is. The smooth animations. The amazing keyboard and the smart predictive text. Zune. Yeah, Zune. Those crazy people that bought it back in 2007 saying that it is way better than the iPod and iTunes...well, they were right. And I just love showing my Windows Phone. Everyone is blown away by it. Kudos to the SurvivalCraft developer cause my friends can't believe it. Then you got the amazing XBOX Live experience. The mail app. Office out of the box. The free 25GB SkyDrive cloud storage. IE9. And lots of other great stuff.
Let's go back to, let's say, 5 years. You wouldn't believe this is a Microsoft product. Nor that this is the evolution of Windows Mobile.
So what happened?
The competition, particularly Apple's iPhone, made Microsoft rethink its mobile strategy. So in a time lapse of three years, they created a product that it's revolutionary. It also started a worldwide design trend, Metro, that it's not only being used at Microsoft but anywhere else too. Criticism made it possible too. Today Microsoft is a company that listens to feedback a lot. So thank you haters. But I'm seeing a lot less ms bashing everywhere. It seems people are starting to see that amazing products are being done at Microsoft (i.e. sales successful Kinect). It is even becoming hip... Sadly because I hate mainstream stuff.
My advice is, try a Windows Phone and if u like it, get it. You are getting a product which two huge companies (MS and Nokia) are betting everything in. They want you to be really happy with their new products. Or at least that's how I feel.
Sent from my Windows Phone.