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Four years after the release of the iPhone and two years after Google came out with -- android Microsoft.
-- -- in the Smartphone game with the release of the windows.
Seven operating system.
How does it measure up joining us now and this week's all things digital.
Walt Mossberg personal technology columnist at the Wall Street -- is here.
-- -- incredible way with words and I can never replace what you wrote so I walked away from your review.
Reading it as -- -- can't.
Yeah I you know that might -- that saved -- thousand words.
Dating you have an incredible way with words to.
But really deserves a look a little more elaborate than that.
Mike -- you know -- years ago was a force in this thing.
The iPhone kind of changed the whole game by.
-- it into what I like to call the super Smartphone category then of course we had.
Android coming along and and Microsoft.
I I personally think underestimated this game change.
A long time and now they're they're cranking it back up and this is what it looks like it's called Windows Phone 7.
-- you know what they decided to do was to.
Try a little different user interface instead of the small icons for apps that you typically have on an iPhone or most android phones.
And then you open the happen and you do which will what you need to do.
-- -- doing big tiles which.
Show some information.
By just glancing at them or at least that's there there -- operating theory.
And then they have.
Some other somewhat different interface elements in -- but the phone is missing a bunch of things that.
It's so hard to justify missing.
But that's the thing is that they had and they had a few years to come up with this right but there's still missing what what -- then what are the key elements.
And a copy paste was one of the but the some other things that are not in there you'd expect after seeing what.
Google and apple -- done that they would put in there.
Right well copy -- is is a big one particularly since they have.
Their sights on business customers -- -- give Microsoft Office and here and it's -- little hard to edit without copy paste.
Apple didn't happen in 2007 but that was 2007.
So copy paste multitasking.
The new video calling that's coming out on a lot of these newer phones.
The ability to use the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspots for laptops.
-- unified email inbox with some people like and some people don't but.
The other phones -- -- that the the option for that at least so.
You know there's a whole there's a there's a whole list of things and of course because they're starting so late in this new type of Smartphone.
There were way behind on apps and that's just.
Function of their their delay so they hope to have about a thousand apps on November 8 when the first to these -- that go on sale.
But I would remind you that Google was closing in on a 100000.
And apples at 300000.
So you know there's some number of that state.
You need to be respectable and I don't know whether that's 50000.
-- this certainly does have to be 300000 but they're starting.
With with with they hopeful about a thousand.
And -- in your words there's no killer innovation here.
Well I don't think so now when I want to be fair to Microsoft I I did say in the column and I'm happy to say here.
That I like this tile.
User interface things -- it simple.
And I think it's -- easy for people understand.
I'd like the other at some the other elements of the user interface when -- -- what they call hubs.
Where they brought together.
Various different elements that make up.
Broad categories like people that you know or music -- games I like a lot of that stuff if they have to.
-- two big things here they have an official mobile version of Microsoft Office they've had before but they've updated.
And the other phones don't have an official version of Microsoft Office.
Yet they have Xbox Live which could be in some ways.
The salvation at least in the early days of this thing because folks who are.
Xbox fans who -- on Xbox Live which is -- network of gamers.
Can use these -- to tap into that network.
Having said that I don't think if you look at the overall.
Progress of these Smart bombs they've got anything.
Killer in here that's going to make somebody on android or somebody on iPhone or Blackberry.
And other then these Xbox Live fans -- While I want this.
Walt well we want you here every week so it's a pleasure thank you -- as I did is they.
To carry out Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal read the -- -- all right thank you.
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