Interview: Stephen Fry talks Windows Phone 7 with Neowin

Stephen Fry took to the stage at Microsoft's UK launch of Windows Phone 7 to outline why he is giving the software giant a big thumbs up for Windows Phone 7.

"I am genuinely thrilled. I never thought this day would come to stand on this stage and praise Microsoft for doing something they can be proud of" said Fry during an appearance at Microsoft's UK launch. The English actor, writer, television presenter and even comedian said he had felt enormous pleasure whilst using a Windows Phone 7 device. "I want biodiversity, the more players there are the more it drives creativity and innovation, the more thrilling the space becomes. Will I be using my Windows Phone 7? Yes."

After the London launch of Windows Phone 7 Neowin grabbed Fry and asked him why he was excited about Windows Phone 7. We also asked him if he followed rumours and gossip online, checkout our interview below.

Big thanks to fellow Neowin staffer Michael Gillett for assisting with the interview

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All this attention Fry gets about WP7, you would think that he's some sort of tech guru, when he isn't one.

I have nothing against Mr Fry, but the stir that was caused on Twitter about him liking WP7 was ridiculous.

Such a great guy. Incredibly smart, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about so many subjects. It's really interesting to hear him praising Windows Mobile 7, I have to say.

I've been less than pleasant about WM in the last few years - and, I think, deservedly so. If it wasn't for HTC putting Sense on top of it, it'd have been completely out for the count. But WM7 does look like a ground up rethink and I'm really keen to try out some of the new handsets and see how it is.

I've owned an iPhone in the past, now own an Android phone (HTC Desire) and have liked them for different reasons. Would be keen to see what Microsoft have done with WM7, especially given that they've had the chance to watch and learn from the mistakes of the other companies now over the last few years.

I love how where everyone is really impressed is the speed and responsiveness of WP7. Even with the lack of certain features, the OS is so unwaveringly quick about bring you to your destination, you can't help but feel impressed.

When it comes down to it, the old HTC Android ads with the swiping from screen to screen would've, if they were being honest, shown dropped frames, content loading in the widgets, and sluggishness after a few days of use. While the WP7 footage of swiping from screen to screen can stay just as fast on day 50 as on day 1.

Joshie said,
I love how where everyone is really impressed is the speed and responsiveness of WP7. Even with the lack of certain features, the OS is so unwaveringly quick about bring you to your destination, you can't help but feel impressed.

When it comes down to it, the old HTC Android ads with the swiping from screen to screen would've, if they were being honest, shown dropped frames, content loading in the widgets, and sluggishness after a few days of use. While the WP7 footage of swiping from screen to screen can stay just as fast on day 50 as on day 1.

That's strange, I've not noticed any sluggishness on my HTC Android phone. It's also strange to hear a fellow owner feel that way.... I mean, you obviously own one don't you? I'm sure an informed tech reader such as yourself wouldn't make such sweeping statements out of no experience would you? No, of course not.

SuperHans said,

That's strange, I've not noticed any sluggishness on my HTC Android phone. It's also strange to hear a fellow owner feel that way.... I mean, you obviously own one don't you? I'm sure an informed tech reader such as yourself wouldn't make such sweeping statements out of no experience would you? No, of course not.

Uh, I've been an Android user for almost a year now. I have a Moment, and my roommate had a Hero. We both had some fun with the hackery, and I'm well aware of his griefs with the phone, as well as the griefs expressed by others on XDA. The 'eventual sluggishness' is a common theme in Android, and even its biggest proponents will admit to it in the dev forums.

It's kind of like Mac users, I think. When out and about in the world, the brand they've devoted themselves to is all cake and ice cream, fairies and unicorns, and practically perfect in every way (yes, Mac OS is Mary Poppins). But descend into the deep, dark corners of Apple's own forums, various Mac user communities and respective forums, and a well-developed culture of complaints and criticisms abound. But don't let them into the light! Lest our enemies seize upon them, and into them rub our noses!

Or something. Iono. Android users love to praise the OS in the face of iOS and WP7, but dammit if the hacker forums aren't issue after issue.

/it's no coincidence that Cyanogenmod--a VANILLA Android build--is the most popular go-to for HTC phones
//defend Sense till you're blue in the face, you can't deny that

Well done for for getting an interview
Top tip: Next time you video something try not to have the subject standing in front of a window

Great Interview Tom, good to see some big names on the site But never heard of the guy until today's conference at London, I swear I want Windows Phone 7 soo bad but the price for the plan is always much steep with smartphones.

Fumma said,
Am I the only one who thinks Stephen Fry is just a little bit creepy?

Based on that, I think you're creepy

What, is this guy just paid loads by all mobile companies for some dumb reason?
First this... 'thing' parades for the ipad calling it the successor of his king, now windows phone 7?
Guh what next, blackberry? 'HERE I HOLD A DRINK MADE OF BLACKBERRYS, THEY CALL IT... Ribena'

n_K said,
What, is this guy just paid loads by all mobile companies for some dumb reason?
First this... 'thing' parades for the ipad calling it the successor of his king, now windows phone 7?
Guh what next, blackberry? 'HERE I HOLD A DRINK MADE OF BLACKBERRYS, THEY CALL IT... Ribena'

Why can't someone appreciate all brands?

Perhaps he doesn't have the fanboy mentality, is it a sin to like and appreciate WP7, as well as the iPhone and Android? Perhaps if you pull your head out of your ass you'd see that when you overcome brand loyalty, all you see is a variety of great products made by a variety of competing companies.

Paulz0r said,

Why can't someone appreciate all brands?

Perhaps he doesn't have the fanboy mentality, is it a sin to like and appreciate WP7, as well as the iPhone and Android? Perhaps if you pull your head out of your ass you'd see that when you overcome brand loyalty, all you see is a variety of great products made by a variety of competing companies.


Because he's always in the limelight, like he doesn't care for the products at all, and only supports them because he's getting paid quite a bit of money to do so.

Mike Chipshop said,

n_K said,

Because he's always in the limelight, like he doesn't care for the products at all, and only supports them because he's getting paid quite a bit of money to do so.

Not entirely sure I agree with that comment. I really don't think he's a sell out in that kind of way. I genuinely believe he has high standards / integrity and whilst it's quite possible he's been paid to present at that event, I'm quite confident he wouldn't have done so unless he felt the technology was worthy enough to talk about.

thealexweb said,
Groan, he just follows whichever OS he thinks is the prettiest rather than the most feature-complete.

With your logic Windows Mobile 6.5 is the best OS.

AtriusNY said,

With your logic Windows Mobile 6.5 is the best OS.

On reflection I don't think Windows Mobile was that bad, sure it was sloppy in places but didn't deserve a lot of the hate it got.

thealexweb said,
Groan, he just follows whichever OS he thinks is the prettiest rather than the most feature-complete.
I'm almost tempted to agree with you. Honestly the way he talks about Apple is borderline fanboy. But I have a huge respect for him as a person, and even more so now that he has come out swinging WP7 now as well.

Singh400 said,
I'm almost tempted to agree with you. Honestly the way he talks about Apple is borderline fanboy. But I have a huge respect for him as a person, and even more so now that he has come out swinging WP7 now as well.

And you don't sound like a fanboy after posting "even more so now that he has come out swinging WP7..." - excuse me, if you weren't a fanboy it should matter one iota who was saying nice things about it.

jamesyfx said,
That's some really good stuff there. How about a transcript for those that can't watch video [god forbid]?

+1 no video here either, transcript please