Friday, July 06, 2007
Now obviously I'm not the head of anyone's Mobile Department but the first thing I'd do is run out and nab an iPhone or ten and get my engineers picking it apart. Kind of like what Microsoft did to the iPod which gave them the very similar Zune.
The video goes on to show some testing being done on a phone that looks like a blackberry but runs a version of Windows CE. Not quite the most exciting product we've seen so hopefully they will scrap that idea and move to something bigger and better. My suggestion, the ZunePhone!
Apple has laid the groundwork for this type of mobile web/phone device and if Microsoft acted quickly they could take advantage of the iPhone hype. I have to give MSFT the benefit of the doubt that they were working on a iPhone-type device as soon as they heard about the iPhone so if they can get a product to the market there is still a huge demand to be filled. Put the ZunePhone out on any network EXCEPT AT&T, make it cheaper, bigger, better than the iPhone and you'll have a whole lot of people who want the iPhone experience but don't want to shell out the $500 or switch to AT&T. And if Microsoft really wanted to be innovative they could even consider using OpenMoko!
iPhone may very well change the consumer mobile industry but it should also have been a wake up call to any company trying to make an impact in the mobile marketplace. Its time to innovate.
I won't hold my breath for any Microsoft innovation, in the meantime, I'll continue to check my mailbox for my Labitat iPhone.
TODAY Show Video