Microsoft’s mobile division hits a big roadblock

Windows Mobile 7 might be the most radical (and promising)
operating system from the company’s mobile division in years, but the road to
retail isn’t going to be perfectly smooth.
Windows-phone-7-xbl  

Verizon, which was famously burned
by Microsoft with the Kin
earlier this year, has announced it will not
carry phones using the service at launch – or at all this year. It will be some
unnamed date in 2011 before the company begins supporting the OS.

Brenda Raney, a spokesperson for Verizon, made the
announcement in an interview
with Bloomberg Thursday.

The announcement that the nation’s largest cellular provider
was bypassing the launch came as a surprise to onlookers – but is a positive
for AT&T, which has already been identified as a premiere partner for the
phones.

Windows Mobile 7 is the
company’s best bet
for regaining some of the marketshare it has lost in the
mobile space to Android and Apple’s iOS. Analysts don’t expect it to be a
market leader, but have praised its unique design as well as its coordination with other
Microsoft units, including the Zune media player and Xbox Live. 

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