Will Windows Phone surpass the iPhone by 2015? Gartner things so.

Microsoft, which is banking on the success of Windows Phone 7 and just signed a critical deal with Nokia, could topple at least one of its primary rivals in the next three years. At least that’s the word from Gartner, which projects that Windows Phone will control 19.5 percent of the market by 2015. That compares to 17.2 percent for iOS, the mobile operating system behind the iPhone.

That’s a huge potential leap for Microsoft. Gartner says Microsoft currently owns just 4.2 percent of the smartphone market.

It’s similar to another recent prediction by the IDC research firm.

From the report:

Gartner predicts that Nokia will push Windows Phone well into the mid-tier of its portfolio by the end of 2012, driving the platform to be the third largest in the worldwide ranking by 2013. Gartner has revised its forecast of Windows Phone’s market share upward, solely by virtue of Microsoft’s alliance with Nokia. Although this is an honorable performance it is considerably less than what Symbian had achieve in the past underlying the upward battle that Nokia has to face.

Contest : Win an Xbox Kinect !

As you know, Kinect is a controller-free console, in stores from 10 November 2010.

WHAT IS KINECT?

  • Kinect for Xbox 360 (Microsoft) brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways, no controller required.
  • While everyone else puts more gadgets and gizmos into your hands, Kinect removes the last barrier between you and the experiences you love.
  • Kinect will work with every Xbox 360 console.
  • Simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect recognizes you and responds to your gestures.
  • See a ball? Kick it. Want to join a friend? Whether they are across the room, across the street or across the globe, connecting in a whole new way is as easy as a wave of your hand.
  • Kinect (formerly known as “Project Natal”) is the next step in the evolution of the gaming and entertainment experience.
  • More than 15 games (sports, adventure, cuddly animals) will be available this holiday in Europe.
  • Click on the site to know more about Kinect : http://www.xbox.com/fr-BE/kinect
  • See here-below, some games available on Kinect for Launch

Contest to win a Kinect

Windows Phone 7 Series represents a dramatic change for Microsoft !

Windows Phone 7 Series represents a dramatic change for Microsoft.  The new platform strategy is built around prioritizing end user experience, delivering a new development platform and enforcing a consistent hardware standard.

During today’s keynote at MIX10, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, revealed the details on the new Windows Phone 7 Series application development platform. 

Developers will take advantage of Silverlight, the XNA Framework and great tooling (Visual Studio and Expression) to build rich and compelling applications and games.
More than half a million Silverlight and tens of thousands of XNA Framework developers are now Windows Phone developers. Developers and designers can now write once and optimize across the phone, Web, PC or Xbox, adjusting primarily only for screen size and resolution

Change isn’t easy, even when you know there’s tremendous upside; however, if you’re in the technology business you already know that change is constant and it’s generally the biggest shifts that have the biggest impact. For us, the cost of going from good to great is a clean break from the past. For example, previous Windows Phone content will not run on Windows Phone 7 Series. We heard from hundreds of developers that they wanted a fresh start. This means bringing our mobile developers into the fold with Silverlight and the XNA framework. That said, we’ll continue to support Windows Mobile 6.5 for years to come. 

To watch the full keynote, go to http://live.visitmix.com/

For the coders among us, go to http://developer.windowsphone.com and download the tools today!

The screenshots are also available here: http://www.mobiletechworld.com/2010/03/15/windows-phone-7-series-applications-announced/

Positive market’s reaction to Windows Phone 7 (Bloomberg)

The above video is an interesting look at the market’s reaction to Windows Phone 7.

Nicholas Thompson, senior editor at Wired Magazine and a Bloomberg Television contributing editor, talks with Bloomberg’s Betty Liu about Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 7 software and the outlook for its Windows Phone 7 mobile-phone operating system.

By the way, Thompson also discusses (in the start of the interview)  the film industry’s use of new technologies, as for AVATAR. 

This is an excerpt of the full interview. Source: Bloomberg