Last week V3.co.uk published a story based on a report from analyst firm Ovum that said Windows Phone 7 (WP7) would be the fastest growing platform in 2011.
Given the strong competition in the smartphone market from Android, Apple and BlackBerry this seemed like a bold claim to us, and sure enough the story caused intense debate among V3.co.uk readers.
As such, we tracked down the analyst who made the claim, Tony Cripps, to ask him if he stood by his opinion.
"Based purely on percentages it is almost inconceivable that WP7 won't be the fastest growing platform on the market in 2011 - in fact if it's not it will have been a major flop and it will tell us something about the market we don't yet know," he said.
"We have some precise predictions we are working on how the phone will perform in the market, which we will release in a few weeks time, but it seems likely that the brand Microsoft brings to the market will make the platform popular."
Cripps explained that he felt the platform could end up performing very well due to a number of key differentiators.
"The WP7 platform brings something different to the market. It is very easy to use and has a very nice overall user experience which is very important, so it undoubtedly has potential to gain market position in 2011," he said.
"While it seems unlikely that the platform will encourage as many developers as other operating systems like Apple and Android, the quality of the apps developed could be just as important."
Readers of the original story had expressed mixed opinions about the claims, with some rubbishing the idea and the platform while others defended it.
"When you factor in the quality of the iPhone hardware, the innovative design and the vast number of useful apps- the clear winner is the iPhone," said reader Marco Moser.
"If coming from nothing - then yes - the Microsoft platform may have the most growth - but it is so far behind it is not even funny."
But reader Julian disagreed and cited reasons why he believes Microsoft could have a winner on its hands.
"When you consider Microsoft are leading in Cloud, UC, Productivity apps, [...] and most importantly have the largest IT developer / partner network on the planet - with WP7 and next versions, they have the last connection required to harness this combined power-stack," he said.
"When leveraged and scaled through their developer and partner network I think we'll see them take smartphones to an entirely different level."
No doubt Microsoft will just be pleased to see that its platform is causing a stir in the smartphone market, rather than being simply ignored by all concerned.
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