Date: Oct. 11, 2010
Complex says: A few years back, Microsoft gained a strong start in the mobile market with its Windows Mobile software, but then dropped the ball on the development end, leaving carriers and handset makers to put their own twist on the OS. Then, when the company pulled the plug on the social-media-heavy KIN phones after just six weeks, critics labeled the Windows Phone 7 a failure before its launch. And with Apple, Android, RIM, and Symbian phones accounting for the entire smartphone market, the odds were stacked against the software giant. But, after a slow start, Microsoft's latest venture demonstrated great promise, boasting a cleaner UI than the Android platform and multimedia features almost parallel to the iPhone 4. If 1.5 million units sold in the first six weeks is a failure, we'd hate to see Microsoft succeed.