Will Windows 7 outshine the iPhone?
Microsoft's big 3-phone debut at AT&T will take the spotlight off Apple for a change.
By Scott Moritz, TheStreet
AT&T is expected to unveil phones from HTC, Samsung and LG, according the The Wall Street Journal. They will be the first phones in the U.S. to run on Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 7 operating system. Given what's at stake for Microsoft and the size of its bank account, the Windows 7 event at AT&T will not be a low-key affair.
The timing of the announcement, reported to be Oct. 11, and the media blitz leading up to the launch in November will attempt to put Microsoft phones center stage during the holidays. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
AT&T declined to comment.
This prized year-end showcase has always been Apple's turf.
In the works are a faster, global-ready Motorola (MOT) Droid Pro; a new HTC Droid with global, or multinetwork, connectivity; and another Samsung Android called Continuum, according to the phone snoops at Engadget.
So what does the smart-phone invasion mean to Apple? Lost market share, for one.
Morgan Stanley predicts Apple will fall to fourth place from third in the smart-phone operating-system race in the fourth quarter on the strength of Google (GOOG) Android and the arrival of Microsoft's Windows 7.
It's all the more important that Apple's iPad was a hit with consumers, giving the iPhone a little cushion during a crowded phone-buying season.
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