Windows Phone, The Xbox of today

 

For anyone that has seen me speak in the last year and a half, they know my answer to “Why Windows Phone”.  To me, it is really a simple question and I always give the same answer.  The first thing I say is bottom line, it is a Great Phone.  I have met and talked to thousands of consumers and developers and anyone that has had it in their hands for any amount of time cannot come away from the experience without likening it.  It is a very well designed phone, that is powerful, easy to use, with some very unique attributes that other phones don’t have.  Another thing you will notice if you have seen me in person, is that I don’t get into a us vs. them argument.  To me, it is not about that.  To me, (to quote one of my favorite movies) if you build it (a great product), they will come. (Period).

The next thing I usually compare it to is the Xbox. A gaming system that has come a long way and is now a force to be reckoned with.  I was reminded of this recently by a story put out by Games Beat about the 10th anniversary of Xbox titled:

The making of the Xbox: Microsoft’s journey to the next generation

It is not a short post, and as a matter of fact, the link above is to the second part of the story (which itself is 7 pages long).  It details out how Xbox was lucky to get out the door to begin with but has risen to be, for the last 12 months, the fastest selling console in the US.  The Kinect sensor has really supercharged the industry and beyond. We are just starting to see what people are doing with the Kinect sensor by itself. I see this exploding in coming years.  As part of this, make sure you read Brandon Watson’s Post on Windows Phone Dev Ecosystem – One Year on.

So I see the Windows Phone in the same way. A great product with a great future.  If you disagree, let me know why.

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Technology Sounds your kids will never know

 

Sound is a funny thing, like its cousins, taste and smell, a sound can bring back distant memories that transport you to a place you have not been for a long time.  Today on TV I saw someone use an old rotary phone.  You know the kind with the dial of numbers that when released goes… tick, tick, tick tick, tick…….

Oh wait,  you don’t? How old are you? 

This made me realize that there are many technology sounds that our kids will never hear, so I decided to create a list of this sounds (links included where I could find them).

What other ones can you think of?  Add your own below.

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