Thanks, Joe, we're all rooting for you and Wndows Phone 7. It works great now, but it can be SO MUCH BETTER.
But better takes time. How much time is a problem, because every ticking second lowers the customer response numbers, and the developer value.
This video is relatively old in internet time, but Unfortunately, some specific quotes from it worry me.
NoDo "We expect to get them all out there, in a matter of time, depending on
specifics." We need to know when. I'm on AT&T with an LG Quantum which I love. I expect Microsoft and AT&T to have a meeting on Monday March 28th, and the go online and even on TV and discuss specifics, AND commitments.
Mango: "Significant update release we’ll have available more toward the end of this
year." You guys know that this is what everyone is waiting for, and the feature set that will make WP7 on par with Android and iOS. NOW is the time to make commitments on that as well. If you need a few more engineers to pull in the schedule, GET THEM and DO IT. An excellent time to get Mango into the hands of AT&T customers is September, when most people start holiday buying. If EVERYTHING won't make it, release a smaller update.
In fact, I think a 3 month update schedule would be best. I know this will mean a lot of testing, but your testing should be very automated after this update cycle, so it is do-able.
On the other hand, I am happy to hear that the Verizon iOS 4.3.1 update is delayed, but the AT&T isn't. That makes me giggle a little, because Apple can get a little bad press as well.
Enjoy Windows Phone 7