Are misanthropes being let down by Microsoft?

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As more and more features are revealed for the next version of Windows Phone 7 the question arises –what about those who’s life do not revolve around sharing and social networking?

Windows Phone 7 could quite seriously be called the Facebook phone, with the latest version supporting features like Facebook chat, checking in and even photo tagging natively.  The OS will now also support twitter and even draw LinkedIn into the mix.  New features include group messaging, which makes broadcasting to your contacts even easier.

What features are there for those who value their privacy, who do not want to store their information in the cloud, and who merely want to use their phone to get a job done? From recent stats we see that only 1 in 6 Windows Phone 7 owners use the built-in or official Facebook app each month, suggesting even for the majority of the current owners this is not an important feature. I myself have never seen the point of letting other people know what brand of coffee I am drinking at the moment and where I am, and I suspect this represents the majority of people.

While this is a tongue in cheek editorial I believe it raises the serious question of Microsoft placing a very heavy bet on social networking being the killer feature for the OS, just like on the KIN, and whether this is the right strategy.

For my fellow misanthropes amongst our readers, which features are you hoping Microsoft will add to Windows Phone 7? Let us know below.

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