WPCentral reported on a blog post written by Christina Tynan-Wood, in which she describes how her son, who originally wanted an iPhone, eventually came to prefer a Windows Phone, the Samsung Focus Flash (pictured right).
That the boy took such a liking to Windows Phone to even overcome the peer pressure, since most of his friends had iPhones, really speaks to the appeal of Metro UI â€“ its quality, simplicity and approachability. Despite being anecdotal evidence at best, this is certainly a very encouraging sign for Microsoft â€“ if people get to really experience Windows Phone, with its beautiful and immersive user interface, they’ll mostly like it.
That is, if.
In her post, Tynan-Wood wrote this:
I had given up â€” years ago â€” on seeing a Windows mobile operating system that I would want to live with. Iâ€™d been hearing good things about the new Windows mobile but wasnâ€™t really buying in.
The fact that she still calls it Windows Mobile, to the point where she thinks of the “Mobile” as a descriptor rather than part of the brand name (by not capitalizing it), is a clear indication that Windows Phone severly lacks awareness. And, most damningly for Microsoft, that people still confuse Windows Mobile with Windows Phone, and thus don’t give it a second chance even if they heard “good things” about it. There still is a lot that needs to be done in this regard.
Of course, Tynan-Wood points out the app marketplace as a weakness, which is definitely true. 50,000 apps just doesn’t cut it, yet.
You can read the full blog post on Momster. Oh, and psst: Don’t tell her that Microsoft has released an Xbox Live app for iOS, ‘mkay?