Microsoft employees hold funeral parade for iPhone, Blackberry

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Celebrating Windows Phone 7's "Release to Manufacturing" status, Microsoft employees held a morbid funeral parade for the iPhone and Blackberry.



The parade through the company's Redmond campus, first reported by NeoWin, included hearses, oversized iPhone and Blackberry coffins, and various Halloween-like costumes.



One truck featured a sign bragging, "Windows Phone 7 OS Platform buries the competition." In doing so, Microsoft takes its place in a long line of products that were billed as "iPhone killers."



Various sources have reported that Windows Phone 7, which went RTM last week, will launch at an October 11 event in New York City, although the first devices wouldn't be available until late October in Europe and November in the U.S.



Microsoft posted a teaser trailer for Windows Phone 7 on YouTube last week, the first in what is expected to be a $500 million marketing campaign for the launch of the mobile OS.



Research firm Gartner predicted Friday that the Windows Phone market share would fall from 8.7 percent in 2009 to just 3.9 percent in 2014. Nokia Symbian and Google Android were placed at first and second with 30.2 percent and 29.6 percent respectively. Apple's iOS was listed in third place with an estimated 14.9 percent market share in 2014.



Source: Flickr user Trioculus
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  • Reply 1 of 212
    I also foresee a funeral in Windows Phone 7's future. Next of Kin anyone?
  • Reply 2 of 212
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gfeier View Post


    I also foresee a funeral in Windows Phone 7's future. Next of Kin anyone?



    Too soon?
  • Reply 3 of 212
    Wow!



    Weirdos..



    They just embarrassed themselves with that stunt.. Hell the Gizmodo fiasco (although unintentional) was a better publicity for Apple than this one.



    Maybe Steve should loan them Apple's marketing team..
  • Reply 4 of 212
    That little stunt has Ballmer written all over it.
  • Reply 5 of 212
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,413member
    I guess this is like when the Zune killed off all the iPod's, and Windows 7 and its predecessors killed off the mac OS, and netbooks killed the iPad and stuff...
  • Reply 6 of 212
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    Microsoft must be going crazy being that far north in Seattle. Maybe it's the rain that put them into a sad mood. I agree with others that this was probably Baldmer's idea.



    PS, why not have a funeral for android as well. Or is MS ok with Android being the leader? Leaves someone to copy from I guess.
  • Reply 7 of 212
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Ha! Even though I don't think it will happen, I like the show of spunk.
  • Reply 8 of 212
    wilwil Posts: 170member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FlashmanBurgess View Post


    That little stunt has Ballmer written all over it.



    What are they thinking??!! If Windows 7 smartphones did not meet up to expectations, this little stunt of theirs will haunt them for a long long time.
  • Reply 9 of 212
    This is so pathetic it makes me want to cry. No, laugh.



    This, from a $200+ billion company........ the third most valuable company in the US!
  • Reply 10 of 212
    Take the GUI from the failed Zune HD, take the failed Windows CE base used to build the failed Windows Mobile OS, take the failed Zune music service, and add in the failed proprietary Silverlight platform, and just for fun, lock your phones to the proprietary Windows OS and what do you get? A total failure.



    The only thing they should be burying is anyone who had any say in Windows Phone Series 7 or whatever it is called today.
  • Reply 11 of 212
    ronboronbo Posts: 669member
    The word 'hubris' comes to mind.
  • Reply 12 of 212
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ascii View Post


    Ha! Even though I don't think it will happen, I like the show of spunk.



    Here I am!



    Did anybody get photos for when they buried Kin, too?
  • Reply 12 of 212
    Ballmer is SUCH a nut! I am sure he was the one reading the "eulogy"! What a total DORK! But funny.



    Now you have proof Microsoft is run by pagans!
  • Reply 14 of 212
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spunkmeyer View Post


    Did anybody get photos for when they buried Kin, too?



    Ouch.
  • Reply 15 of 212
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    One truck featured a sign bragging, "Windows Phone 7 OS Platform buries the competition." In doing so, Microsoft takes its place in a long line of products that were billed as "iPhone killers."






    Pathetic jackasses.
  • Reply 16 of 212
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,141member
    It may be like a politician that screams he has won too soon ... it usually has a very bad effect on the outcome.
  • Reply 17 of 212
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Certainly a bit 'presumptuous, but one never really knows what the future holds...
  • Reply 18 of 212
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,141member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by libertyforall View Post


    Ballmer is SUCH a nut! I am sure he was the one reading the "eulogy"! What a total DORK! But funny.



    Now you have proof Microsoft is run by pagans!



    Hey! Don't insult Pagans.
  • Reply 19 of 212
    That photo was probably taken with an iPhone.
  • Reply 20 of 212
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by libertyforall View Post


    Ballmer is SUCH a nut! I am sure he was the one reading the "eulogy"! What a total DORK! But funny.



    Now you have proof Microsoft is run by pagans!



    Microsoft is run by idiots.

    Besides, Pagans dress better and the women are MUCH hotter!
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