Windows Phone exec thinks the OS is "looking gooooood"

It was bad news for Samsung and good news for Apple in a San Jose courtroom today, as the jury found that Samsung must pay just over $1 billion to Apple for design patent violations. While Samsung will likely appeal today's decision, the consequences of the jury's verdict will affect the entire tech industry for years.

At least one Microsoft executive seems to be happy about today's court victory by Apple. Bill Cox, who serves as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Microsoft's Windows Phone division, posted a Twitter message just after the verdict went public, saying simply, "Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now."

Of course, Samsung just happens to be one of Microsoft's hardware partners for Windows Phone and the company will be launching new products this fall that will have Windows Phone 8 installed. It's more than possible that, in light of today's court decision, Samsung could be rethinking its current Android hardware relationship and could see itself supporting more Windows Phone products.

Keep in mind that Apple's legal team used a Nokia Lumia based on Windows Phone 7.5 in their case against Samsung, stating, "Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone."

Source: Bill Cox Twitter page | Image via Twitter

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Pettor said,

Yeah a way better strategy would be to say "we don't like it" every time they release something. They should probably shut up and never use any communication whatsoever and just stop developing WP. A market where two (or preferably one) OS rules them all is always the best way for consumers! We all know that from history (Windows)!

hahahaha This ^

12.7 million Windows phones weere sold worldwide so far this year. That is a tiny percentage compared to the competition but it is growing significantly faster than the competition and WP8 hasn't been released yet.

I don't think anything can be read into the Apple vs Samsung judgement in respect to WP plus there will probably be a lengthy appeal.

Person who works for the product team thinks own product looks good.....full news at 10.

The Windows Phone Exec is hardly going to turn round and say Windows Phone looks like crap is he......

TheLegendOfMart said,
Person who works for the product team thinks own product looks good.....full news at 10.

The Windows Phone Exec is hardly going to turn round and say Windows Phone looks like crap is he......

If he was truly a great inventor and designer, he would admit if something he made looks like crap.

But I doubt he is. (not saying that WP looks like crap, just stating that there are some good and intelligent people who would be honest about the own things they made)

Yup, Apple's victory is indirectly one for Microsoft as well, since this is a direct sign that Microsoft's strategy has been the correct one. Innovate and spend months and months in R&D to make something fresh and different instead of trying to be cheap.

When Samsung slides started appearing in the trial about "design crisis" and direct comparisons with iPhones and what to take from then, internal memos about concerns on how "it looks too similar to iPhones", it just got plain embarassing to watch the show.

Apple won't go after Microsoft's current Windows Phone platform like they have with Samsung. It will be great to see hard work pay off -- hard work Apple spent, and hard work Microsoft spent.

I bet you that MS had all those slides too.

I guarantee you that Microsoft researched what the iPhone did well and decided to use those ideas.

They would be STUPID to not do that. Any company does that.

Northgrove said,
Yup, Apple's victory is indirectly one for Microsoft as well, since this is a direct sign that Microsoft's strategy has been the correct one. Innovate and spend months and months in R&D to make something fresh and different instead of trying to be cheap.

Except that WP infringes the same patents as Samsung. It's only because Apple has a cross-licensing agreement with Microsoft that OEM's aren't getting sued. That and the fact that WP doesn't pose a competitive threat to Apple.

Northgrove said,

Apple won't go after Microsoft's current Windows Phone platform like they have with Samsung. It will be great to see hard work pay off -- hard work Apple spent, and hard work Microsoft spent.

If WP had the marketshare of Android, you can bet that Apple would be going after WP OEM's. As it currently stands, WP is too insignificant to be deemed a threat.

simplezz said,

Except that WP infringes the same patents as Samsung. It's only because Apple has a cross-licensing agreement with Microsoft that OEM's aren't getting sued. That and the fact that WP doesn't pose a competitive threat to Apple.

If WP had the marketshare of Android, you can bet that Apple would be going after WP OEM's. As it currently stands, WP is too insignificant to be deemed a threat.

Correct me if I am wrong, but if Ms and Apple have a cross licencing agreement then how can MS be infringing Apple Patents?

Maybe once expired they might, but bearing in mind that it is probably safe to say that both sides have an equal dependency on each others licensed tech, I would doubt a court case would materialise. Apple and MS going to court over patents would be the tech equivalent of the Cold War going Hot.

Greg Bell_404955 said,
Correct me if I am wrong, but if Ms and Apple have a cross licencing agreement then how can MS be infringing Apple Patents?

Maybe once expired they might, but bearing in mind that it is probably safe to say that both sides have an equal dependency on each others licensed tech, I would doubt a court case would materialise. Apple and MS going to court over patents would be the tech equivalent of the Cold War going Hot.

There is a stipulation against blatant copying vs. being inspired by. I assume you visit other technology websites because the issue has been well and truly addressed by multiple outlets.

Apple would never even dream of coming after MS because first and foremost of there cross licensing agreement. Apple would use alot of MS's patents for there OS and MS in turn would use theres and if it does break down and MS will win the patent dispute OSX and iOS would be unable to be sold anymore, then bye bye apple your company is offically dead. MS bailed apple out in the 90's i think it was so without MS apple probably would not be around to even create the stupid iphone and stuff.

Why would apple come after WP, from WP8 it shares the same kernel and stuff as windows 8 and is designed to be fluid across phone tablet and desktop, theyd have to say its also infringing on OSX to. Also all the stuff in WP8 will be innovative and contain stuff thats bin in the works for years unlike apples code copy and pasters change the colour scheme and voila we invented it.

Im never buying an apple product again, there full of crap and i hate them for there ethics or lack of them

It's funny how many fail to realize that Apple and Microsoft have made an agreement. Microsoft can use certain patents as long as they're not outright copying the iOS user experience, which they're not.

.Neo said,
It's funny how many fail to realize that Apple and Microsoft have made an agreement. Microsoft can use certain patents as long as they're not outright copying the iOS user experience, which they're not.

I find it rather irritating tbh.

windows phone isn't looking any better than it has in the 2 1/2 years it's been out. point being i was in at&t yesterday looking at the nokia's, the one x and the sg3. the sales rep owned a nokia and i asked him if he thought i should get one over the one x or another andorid and he said no. he also said the rest of the employees there in the store give him nothing but crap over owning one. this is the mentality of the sales rep and this is why windows phone is not selling well here in the US. the guy told me flat out it's a very limited phone and not better than android.

The only limitation I have with WP7 is a few missing features and some apps that don't exist for WP yet. WP8 should hopefully address a lot of those issues both on the developer side and the OS feature set, so it'll be a very capable platform. Hardware wise, I don't have any problems with Windows Phone, since Microsoft has done a good job of keeping hardware requirements in line with the current version of the OS (i.e. no laggy devices).

Oh, and WP hasn't even been out for 2 years yet, not 2.5 like you say.

Samsung just got caught cutting corners on their devices. Unfortunately, they cut their corners too much, making them look like Apple's.

I can't wait for WP8! WP7 has been doing what I want my cell phone to do and it's actually nice not to have something that just about everyone else has.

OEMS of windows phones are protected by Microsoft for the software side of things so they don't have to worry about lawsuits stemming from the operating system. This is slowly becoming more convenient to OEMS as android is slowing down its innovation. Android is just a trend and things always change. Carriers just rape and pillage until it is no longer convenient and profitable. Android is on the way out....

Did anyone expect a Windows Phone exec to twitter something like: "Windows Phone is looking really bad right now"?

This is not news, this is advertising, from both the exec and neowin.

Chugworth said,
Looking good? Last I checked, they were still using the Metro ("Modern", or whatever they're calling it now) interface.

Not sure if trolling or just stupid.

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