As an iOS fan boy I’ll be the first to admit that Windows Phone 7 (or WP7 for short) is an impressive OS.
In fact every single one of my friends (both geeks and non-geeks) who have tried a WP7Â device have become addicted to it, with a few ditching Android in order to partake of it’s glory.
That said, this former Microsoft VP’s behavior of blaming others for poor sales is at best pathetic.
Robert McLaws, a former Microsoft VP for ASP.NET and Windows, on the other hand, wants to prevent Windows phones from becoming retro cool. So he has created a site calledÂ Windows Phone Tattletale that places the blame for Microsoft’s lack of telephonic success firmly into the untrustworthy bosom of retailers. (CNET)
McLaws strategy of attacking the retailers selling your phones is honestly a dumb idea, as that will only encourage further resentment of WP7 devices (assuming the reports of bias against WP7 are true).
But even if their was bias against Windows Phone 7 (which is possible as many retailers have personal preferences), Microsoft needs to invest in enlightening the public regarding WP7 by telling users what distinguishes WP7 from rivals.
Perhaps if Microsoft devoted more money towards showing us what WP7 can do (i.e. Xbox games, information tiles, business suite software, etc.) instead of bashing smartphone addicts they may actually sell a million devices a month.
Instead of attacking retailers for not going the extra distance, it would be wiser for fans of Microsoft to demand separate displays that prominently showcase WP7 devices to the public (as well as knowledgeable reps to explain WP7’s best features).
However if Microsoft follows McLaws lead by attacking the hands that sell Windows Phone 7, then their precious OS will join MeeGo and ultimately fade away towards extinction.
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Update: Corrected article to reflect that McLaws does not speak for Microsoft.
Originally posted on June 15, 2011 @ 11:27 am