Microsoft Offers Obama Less Stop and Stare, More Glance and Go
It seems the most powerful man in the world is tired of his venerable Blackberry, beset as it is by the uncool “little plastic buttons”, as Steve Jobs famously noted.
At a fundraiser in Chicago the president of United States quipped:
"The Oval Office, I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff. I'm like, c'mon guys, I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."
Responding rapidly to the challenge, Microsoft EMEA Twitter account tweeted:
Hey @BarackObama, we hear you want a cool phone – how about a Windows Phone 7? We can send one your way! http://fxn.ws/eflCNx #WP7
There was no response from Barack Obama’s official account, but this would not be the first time Microsoft tried to replace Blackberry with shiny new Windows phone 7 handsets. Dell famously replaced all 25,000 of its Blackberries with Windows phone 7 handsets, and Forbes today noted Microsoft is set to pour billions into helping Nokia push Windows Phone 7 phones and future tablets the next 2 years, and that there will be targeted at “enterprise users” which are RIM’s “core.”
Suggesting dealers sell all their RIM shares, Forbes’s Adam Hartung noted Microsoft will spend far more resources than RIM could ever match trying to defend its “installed base” and that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace was already set to overtake the moribund Blackberry App World in only a few months.
Maybe getting the president to adopt a Windows phone 7 handset would be a good idea – with less time staring at his phone possibly a bit more government business would get done.