It is one of those things that there was a time when the idea of getting any non-Microsoft product was just not part of the equation. I was there for 18 years during the good and the bad, we had a pretty deep relationship. But on the very day that Microsoft launched its evolutionary Windows Phone 7, I walked into my local AT&T store and purchased my first Apple product ever. Even though the store had a nice display and the AT&T rep even gave me a quick walk through of the Windows Phone 7 (and some slick Android devices), my mind was set. I was breaking ranks. I was on a mission.
How does such a loyal soldier become a deserter? I mean have I really lost all my faculties? Living a life on the run cannot be all that much fun. Well to those who question my motives I shall take you to task with but one statement…mid-life crisis. I am over 40, rapidly heading towards the middle part of that decade. I mean it has to be, doesn’t it? Luckily there are more factors to consider. Some obvious. Lingering bitterness over how my time at Microsoft ended? Sure, I would be a liar if I did not allow my stubborn pride to show through just a little bit. A desire to step out of my skin and do things differently? You bet, but that is also my nature to want to experience new things so it’s not much of a stretch. If I have a flaw it is a desire to want to see, learn and experience too much in life. It’s a flaw I am willing to live with. Getting back to my midlife crisis, just because I am getting older it does not mean I have lost my desire to be hip or cool. But getting back to my iPhone decision let us move forward.
Kevin Turner, Microsoft COO, would often get asked by internal employees, “Why can’t Microsoft be cool like Apple?”. He would always reply, “I would rather have 90% market share than be cool”. All I can say is its dangerous to use the past to justify the future. It has been an interesting twist of events to get to this point and by all accounts great product execution by the folks at Apple. It shows a certain innocent stupidity on Microsoft’s part to not realize the necessity of making technology make people feel good about themselves. When people feel cool they tend to feel good about themselves. The second mistake made by Microsoft was not realizing the power of the younger generation. They completely ignored them, and they made the worst criminal offense, they did not listen.
A few comments regarding my iPhone. I have the 3g with the new 4.01 OS. Since I was really going to the store to add minutes to my plan and since I could get the “honor” of extending my contract I could get the phone for $99 (A 4g would have cost $199). As far as the phone goes I shall make this not so much a review as most people either have or used the iPhone. The brilliance of the iPhone is an idiot could use it. The user interface is colorful and intuitive. Finally and probably most importantly is, it is fun. Since fun is a form of addiction in the sales and marketing world, that is a good thing…for Apple.
Moving forward with my technology purchases I can’t say what my next thing I need will be (ok..it will be a 42″ Flat Screen…don’t tell my wife). Do I feel bad about moving away from my Windows Mobile Phone after having had every iteration there was through v6.5? Not really, they were not all that good. Have I left the Microsoft mother ship, no, but it’s not my mother either. I am just trying to get by and enjoy life and in the end isn’t that what matters? Even if Apple does profit off of it.
Good Night and Good Luck
Hans Henrik Hoffmann Nov 9, 2010