We know Microsoftâ€™s retail partners have not been doing the best job selling Windows Phone 7, but when they are trying to be informative and still get it wrong, it is no wonder their sales people get it so wrong.
Such is certainly the case with Best Buy. From their website describing the various mobile operating systems, Best Buy says:
Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7
Of the different smartphone platforms, the Windows Mobile line has undergone the most changes. In its earliest configuration as Pocket PC 2000, the OS was originally designed to work as a PDA platform. In 2003, Windows Mobile was released and quickly found a home as an enterprise smartphone platform due to its tight integration with other Microsoft systems.
Although touchscreen-based versions of platforms have been around for some time, Windows Mobile was often hindered by its early stylus-based design
Microsoft is looking to remedy all that with the latest incarnation, Windows Phone 7. Designed to be recognizable to anyone who uses Windows-based computers, the WP7 OS represents a big step up from previous Windows Mobile systems. The Windows Phone 7 menu functions similarly to a PCâ€™s â€œStartâ€ menu, providing at-a-glance access to all of your favorite programs, apps and accessories. Syncing with your home computer allows you quick access to all of your saved Microsoft Office material, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and more.
Windows Phone 7 is an excellent option for anyone who wants a familiar system that replicates their home computing experience.
Emphasis added myself, but I do not think it is necessary to point out that, even while talking about Windows Phone 7, they are in fact describing Windows Mobile.
With friends like these, does Microsoft even need enemies?
Thanks Ted for the tip.