You probably know that Monday is THE day that Microsoft is going to announce the consumer availability of Windows Phone 7 and we expect to have confirmation of the sales date and see the actual final hardware and software. Our very own Ramon Trotman will be attending and hitting us up with real time updates via Twitter and of course an occasional post when he can get it all together. All in all, we’re all jealous of him (especially the 7pm cocktail hour which follows Xbox Kinect).

From the sound of things, there should be plenty of time for him to play with actual devices and talk to MS employees who are finally free to answer questions. So, if you have questions feel free to leave a comment here and assuming Ramon stays sober we’ll try to get you answers.

Remember that Monday is Columbus Day, so just sit at your computer, follow us on Twitter and live vicariously through Ramon…


  1. Why is it that the majority of the devices come with only 8GB storage? It’s hardly enough since you can’t upgrade the storage via MicroSD card.

  2. Storage limitations are my number one question as well, and call them out if they try to say streaming is the answer.

  3. storage limitations are not one or MS but the manufacters…

    a few nice questions that a consumer/developer would like to know (i.e. me):
    1. How frequent can we expect OS updates (minor/major)? Will they be like Windows where there are monthly patch cycles, and then a large hit every now and then? Or more slowly?
    2. When will the next update to the APIs be coming out to support more of the hardware devices that applications would like to work with, e.g. camera & PIM?
    3. When would we see Silverlight and Flash supported in the IE browser? I know they’re working on this, just would be good to have a time line.
    4. Why lack of Zune Pass for countries outside of US? Zune Pass would be great to help compete with already established stores like iTunes in countries like Australia and UK.

    Just a few to get the things going…

  4. DavidK said, “storage limitations are not one or MS but the manufacters”. OK, but didn’t MS dictate that there would be “no upgradable memory”, specifically an SD card slot. Guess you can blame the manufacturers for trying to hit a target price point and skimp on built in memory, but MS created the problem. If I want to buy a $99 card and put it in my phone, why can’t I?

    The cloud is not the answer and may wind up being (among other things) the cause for this platforms demise. I hope otherwise. But if MS has missed on this point, what other bad advice have they sunk their mobile future behind.

  5. I was the “David” that posted above, and I thought i’d change name as to not confuse myself with DavidK.

    You hit the nail on the head… “hit a target price”. MS is allowing manufacters to hold out on optional extra memory. Of course we would love to see more memory, and we’ve seen an LG phone with it (16GB). Hopefully Samsung and HTC follow suit and use this as a way to offer more models with more variations.

    I believe the notion behind not allowing for SD card slot was more for security and allowing things to flow. Imagine installing software on your SD card, and then removing it, you’d have these apps listed and they aren’t really accessible. That and if you have important data on the phone and you have emails saving attachments to the sd card (like you can do in WM6.5), if someone steals your phone, fair enough you have it password locked, but all I would have to do is rip out the SD card and i have all your attachments.

    So even if you ask MS, i’m sure they’ll give you something along the lines of the same thing. To be honest, I don’t have a lot of music on my phone, so 8GB is plenty for me, but in the same way I’m with you in saying that if I had more, i’d probably use more.

  6. I wonder what the API release schedule will be. They need to continue to give the developers the tools necessary to build the quality of apps they want. Other than that just ask them about how they plan on keeping up with the tech offerings. The minimum requirements they showcased are already starting to be outdated.

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