Originally Posted by nikon133
You have very original, albeit technically correct point of view
However... if MS manages to persuade any significant number of PC users to move from iPhone and iTunes to a platform (promised to be) better integrated with their deskops & laptops, then it really require some extra imagination to conclude Apple is not a target.
I know number of people having iPhones, and none of them has Mac. True, Apple ecosystem users will not dump iPhone for WP7 even if later does support OSX, but iPhone's success is achieved by its capability to leave limited circle of OSX users and spread among Windows users as well.
And by targeting those Windows users, MS is targeting Apple's market share, current or future.
Or do you believe there are more OSX users than Windows users among iPhone owners..?
Solipsism said it quite rightly
. I would only add a couple of things.
First, I think MS is turning itself around (Windows 7 is quite good, Bing is now the second search engine, etc), and many of the posters here that blithely dismiss MS as an extinct irrelevant dinosaur sound a lot like MS fans in the 90's re: Apple. We all know how that turned out.
That said, when you look at Android, you get the feeling that the iPhone was in the cross hairs the entire time it was being designed. Android was built explicitly to take on the iPhone.
WP7 feels different (although I could be wrong). I think MS sat down, knew they were getting killed, and they knew they had to do something different. So they looked at all the phones, saw what was good and bad, and tried to build something that filled in all or most of the gaps. As such, Apple was not the direct target the way it was with Android.
I also think that Apple saw the potential threat of WP7, and addressed some of the holes in iOS to fend off MS. Hence we now have Ping, Game Center, and maybe subscription music services, all of which MS has had for a long time, and all of which have been highlighted by MS since the announcement in February. I could be wrong in this, but the coincidence of WP7 release and a slew of new features in iOS is interesting.