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Windows Mobile 7 is an obvious ripoff of the iPhone.

The other day at the MWC, Microsoft’s Chief Sweaty Officer, Steve Ballmer, unveiled Windows Mobile 7, the next version of their loathsome interface for mobile phones. Engadget and Gizmodo need a nap after apparently climaxing on their keyboards in their insanely positive reviews of the new software, which will be made available on a wide variety of multitouch enabled phones on, I don’t know, sometime? I don’t know, because I didn’t look that information up, because it’s a Microsoft and that makes it evil.

I don’t understand what everybody’s all excited about with Windows Mobile 7. Sure, it’s remarkable that Microsoft actually rebuilt the thing almost from the ground up in order to take advantage of the current state of the art in phones, rather than just patching a broken piece of software like they tend to, and, sure, the interface is completely rethought and looks snazzy, but so what?

Do you want to know why Windows Mobile 7 sucks? They’re copying Apple again!

Even though the interface for Windows Mobile 7 is completely different from the iPhone interface, they’re obviously copying Apple. How? Simple:

  • Visual Appeal – Windows Mobile 7 is visually dynamic and interesting, and seems to come as a result not just of adding glitz and glamor to a dull product, but actually rethinking the way the product should be used, and making that look pretty. That’s just about the only thing Apple does, Microsoft.
  • Ease-of-use – The iPhone is a phenomenally easy device to use, and when Microsoft wants to compete again, what does it do? That’s right: it makes a phone that’s just as easy to use! Did you get through college by reading answers from other students’ tests, Ballmer?
  • It’s a Compelling Product – Microsoft normally makes boring products that people use but don’t care about it. That’s their thing, even when they’re (as usual) trying to make their products look like Apple’s. So now they want to go make really interesting and compelling products? Shut up, Ballmer, you’re obviously just stealing another page from Apple’s handbook. Don’t you have an original thought in your head?

When you think about it, Microsoft’s successful attempt to come up with something new and innovative to secure their place as a contender in the mobile phone space is really pathetic.

Categories: Microsoft
  1. Dann
    February 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I love my iPhone but this is such a fanboy post.
    Only because the iPhone has visual appeal and ease of use oh my every phone/OS that has a great UI and it’s easy to use MUST be copying Apple right?
    Well not really, truth iPhone revolutionized everything but at least other companies are making an effort to improve. The iPhone UI, though amazing, is getting dull.
    Apple better improve. And fast because windows 7 phone series looks amazing.

  2. Jim
    February 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Umm..No, its not! Windows mobile 7 is based on Zune which is based off of windows media center. which is a twist or pivot interface.
    2nd Gen Zune had these gestures before the iphone. so… No.

    Is Windows Mobile 7 making your iphone look dated???? hmmm..
    please dont be so scared.. be logical

    PS. appple = worser evil

  3. orkneyearl
    February 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I’m not sure here, but I think you might actually LIKE WinPho7. I have to ask you: are you high? Maybe you should cut back on the scotch a little.

    Have you seen the videos showing the WinPho7 interface in action? In what bizarro parallel universe is it “easy to use”? Things that are tappable don’t look tappable, there are interface elements hidden off-screen with barely any indication that they are there. This isn’t an interface, it’s an in-your-face.

    Honestly, when I saw the still shots of WinPho7, I felt nauseated. When I saw the videos of it in action, I threw up in my mouth a little.

    [Aside] I do believe Walt may be losing his edge a little here.

  4. February 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    LOL~ I agree with you. They just changed another way to copy Apple. The hold and move gesture on WM7 really copying iPhone for moving icons. In my point of view, I don’t think WM7 interface is easy to use, for a new user, you’ll never know how to setup your social media profile and maybe even simple as email. I still prefer the icons row interface by Apple. It just works!

  5. February 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    First two posters taking article seriously!


  6. February 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    It is SUPPOSED to be funny. -.-

  7. orkneyearl
    February 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I was just noting that Walt seemed to be waxing almost complimentary about WinPho7. Like I said earlier, I think Walt may need to cut back on the scotch a little (maybe throw a few daiquiris in the mix; we wouldn’t want his blood-alcohol level to drop too far).

  8. Aleks
    February 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    @Dann: This article is not meant to be serious! Maybe you should have a look at the following video to get a feeling of this site really is about 😉


  9. Jefferz
    February 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I’m not familiar with Walt’s work, but at first, I thought this article was serious. I’m now 93% sure he’s writing tongue-in-cheek. There is no way you can call it copying when a company tries to make innovative products that are easy to use. Every company wants to do that. I am an Apple evangelist, and typically hate what Microsoft puts out, but Win Phone 7 makes iPhone look sooooo 2007. If Walt is being sarcastic, this article is pure gold!

  10. rwalrond
    February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    LoL, Mosspuppet, You should be the next CEO of Microsoft. After all you did kill Steve Balmer. Lol..

  11. orkneyearl
    February 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    @Jefferz You say WinPho7 looks easy to use. I say find one of the demo videos. It should change your mind. There looks to be little reason to the UI design, and even less rhyme.

  12. February 18, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Some of you are dense. Read some more posts on this site and then you might understand this post better. (Hint: sarcasm)

  13. Jen
    February 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    This was written by a PUPPET!
    This puppet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdn0AmdXsGg&feature=channel
    It’s called irony.

  14. OS Agnostic
    September 28, 2010 at 7:06 am

    It will take time for people to adjust to new Win 7 mobile interface who are not used to it. Something similar to when android came to the scene; but is doing great having had its time in the market. Iphone is great but has its limitations e.g. how many times do people think they will be realistically do facetime calling in various public settings as shown in iphone 4 adverts?

  15. CyberTroop
    May 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I own an Android, Iphone, and a Windows Mobile 7

    I love both my Android and Iphone very much. The Windows Mobile 7 is an utter disgrace compared to the other 2 operating system. It’s marketplace is virtually empty, and the OS itself is lacking so many functions.

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