My experiences with the MS Mobile product is that MS gets close in features, functionality and quality but never seems to nail something on the head. There are too many 3rd party/aftermarket applications out there that trounce what MS has to offer from the core. It is a result of trying to be everything to everyone which, of course, means you are missing something for everyone. Never the less, I have been a faithful Mobile user for years but am concerned that MS has lost the edge on creativity and could find its lead starting to slowly dwindle away.
The blackberry model works – so does the UI for the iPhone. It will be interesting to watch iPhone try to tackle blackberry in the business world – frankly I think it will fail – it’s not where their specialty is.
Where am I going with this rant? MS needs to update and take a hard look at its competition – including all of those 3rd party applications that build better applications for the Windows Mobile OS. MS needs to learn from Palm and not rest on its laurels and rely on 3rd Party applications to fix what is wrong with the operating system. Having said this – following RIM’s drum beat will benefit MS but come on guys – start taking the lead…