This guy points out that in order to get full use of the new Windows Phone 7 devices you will need to install Zune software on your PC which does limit the users who can take full effect of the device. Microsoft has been slow if even non responsive to make Zune software available on Linux based PC’s and there are quite a few of those plus of course Mac users who cannot install Zune software either but I don’t think they make a mistake by using Zune software on the Windows 7 Phone although they should certainly consider opening things up more for users of other software. For those who do have a Windows PC they will experience the full power of the Microsoft Suite as they should for using the complete package. in addition I would expect it to work nicely with my Xbox and other Microsoft services as well.
That a proprietary software maker likes its own software makes perfect sense and if Microsoft knows they will have more of their phone users using their own OS that what better way to open up more users to Zune? Apple forces us to use iTunes for sync on the iPod and has been reluctant to open up to Linux users as well. Any shock in all of this?
Microsoft yesterday revealed details about the features and strategy for Windows Phone 7 — and if this is the core of what’s Microsoft got, it may have difficulty competing against the iPhone and Android phones. When one of the core pieces of your mobile strategy is relying on the rarely used PC Zune software, there may be trouble ahead