Joe: We're going to put the user first, but enables some balance. There are differences in our OS from Android -- OEMs or carriers can install apps, but unlike Android, you can uninstall those applications. You can always reinstall. We think AT&T and Samsung have value to add.
Joe wouldn't rule out refocusing their strategy from Windows 7 for tablets to something else, but certainly wouldn't commit to it.
C'mon Microsoft, make the right decision.
Joe: We're 4 weeks out of introducing this new thing. We've tried to help out partners do a great job. Forward looking, we're going to focus on what our customers want most.
Joe: Well it's certainly the case we've focused on that. If you look at releases of Windows over the years, it's gotten better for these things. What you said is also right -- in the past the focus has been on keyboard, mouse, writing. That will evolve. Both our groups talk, and hopefully we can use what we've learned in tablets.
Joe: Well, there are a lot of good products in the market. I don't know how different it will be. The bridge to cross is can you deliver good experiences, lifestyle experiences, and I think we got there. Look at RIM -- they're still not there.
Walt: But who is in that group in 3 years... are you going to be in it?
Joe: I think well be in it. I think we have what it takes. Google has shown they're doing it. Apple has shown it.
Joe: I don't know how long...
Walt: Couple months?
Joe: Longer than that.
Walt: Couple of years?
Joe: Well when you look at the market, it's growing. If you look at that situation and say, we think we can do a better job at some thoughtful diversity... our view was that our core capability and our ability to affect people would be greater if we focused on the software experience.
Walt: You don't even run old Windows Mobile apps.
Joe: That's right.
Joe: Well a lot of it is new. We do have a codebase that is older, but much of what we have is new. Look at Linux, core parts of it are based on Unix, which has been around a long time.
Walt: Does that mean there are old parts of Android?
Joe: I couldn't say that.
Joe: About 3000...
Walt: Well I downloaded a weather app, and the tile never updated, just like the iPhone, you have to go in and check it.
Joe: Well we'll see people implement that.
Walt: But this is the whole reson d'être of your platform.
Joe: We have 16... no 8... 8 speed dial tiles.
Walt: If I wanted to have 15 speed dial contacts, I couldn't do that.
Walt: Does the entire Tweet appear?
Joe: In our case, for People tiles, we have integration with Facebook and Windows Live... you can see a pretty good amount of info there.
Joe: We have a dedicated camera button...
Walt: Other people have camera buttons...
Joe: Well I don't think that's the case here. It's too soon.
Joe: We're not talking about numbers.
Walt: But other people do.
Big oohs here from the crowd.
Walt: So how is the product doing?
Joe: So far so good... we've try to make the launch go well. We wanted to get all the devices in the market, we didn't make that happen, but now we have 10 products around the world. We've ramped our ads up.
Joe: Well I think our phone does the kinds of things that users want to do with their phones, gaming, multimedia. It's easy to get things done, they happen in an elegant way...
Walt: So you're not going to have copy and paste?
Joe: No, there are gaps that we have, and copy and paste is a good example. We're going to get it to users in early 2011.
Joe: Well we've tried to come out with a product that responds to what they've done and what users want. We think we have a product that's right up there with those guys.
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