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Windows Phone 7

February 17, 2010

I am somewhat surprised that the name given by Microsoft to its new mobile operating system platform is a 'phone.'” After all, the term 'phone' comes from the Greek word for 'voice.' The word “telephone” means 'far voice.' Just because the mobile device/system will handle voice applications, in addition to visual data, doesn't make it just a 'phone.'

But maybe because Apple took the lead in calling their multimedia device the 'iPhone,' everything that can also handle voice applications will have 'phone' in its name.
Of course, voice is just a piece of the “unified communications' picture, which enables application speech interfaces as well as real-time contextual voice contacts with people. But various forms of real-time text messaging are already replacing traditional phone calls, especially by online self-service applications that need timely contact with a specific person.
So, it’s really not just about voice coming into play here, but other mobile interfaces as well!

Art Rosenberg, a veteran of the computer and communications industry, contributes his column, The Unified-View to unified communications. To read more of Art’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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