I’ve asked you why you use Android, iOS, and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS, and now I’m putting the focus on Microsoft’s mobile offering. I waited until now to ask this particular question for one specific reason: their event tomorrow. While we have a good guess as to the majority of new features that Microsoft is going to unveil, there is still an opportunity for Microsoft to surprise the world with just a few different additions.

I’m asking why you use Windows Phone now, right before Microsoft is gearing up to unveil a new version of the platform, because I want to see why you use it, and how that particular reason, or feature, continues forward into the next version. I’m very interested to see what has kept Windows Phone users coming back to the platform, or sticking around the whole time, and how that changes, or doesn’t change, when Microsoft finally pulls the curtain off (the rest) of Windows Phone 8’s features.

Awhile back, I wrote about how Windows Phone bore me just looking at it. I described how Microsoft’s Live Tiles and Hubs were great, but that in usage I just couldn’t find it in me to be interested in the platform after using it for some time. Basically, Windows Phone, in my opinion then, was great to start, but after a few weeks, the “cool” side of the Live Tiles and Hubs wore off. The fun went away.

When I was using Windows Phone, I was using it (at that point in time) it on the HTC Trophy. Now, this isn’t a bad phone, at least not compared to the really bad phones out there. It wasn’t the top of the line device, but it was what Verizon had and I had to make due. So I was using it, and I loved it for what it was. But the platform just wasn’t speaking to me on that hardware.

That was early this year when I got rid of the Trophy for the last time. And back in September is when I picked up the Lumia 900 by Nokia, and now my opinion has changed in just about every way it could. And yeah, it’s made me excited to get my hands on the Lumia 920 in a big way.

And I’m not sure when it happened, either, but some of the applications for the platform have really come around. In fact, there are Twitter clients on Windows Phone now that I like more than iOS-based Twitter apps that I used to use way too often. That’s a big surprise to me, and it gives me the brightest indication of what I can expect from Windows Phone 8 and their new, more powerful applications.

The apps are just a nice bonus for me, though. I keep finding them by accident, the ones that really “wow” me. So, while I would love to include it in the list of why I use Windows Phone, I’ll keep that as just an “icing on the cake”  type of thing for now. No, I went back to Windows Phone mainly for the ecosystem, the new one that Microsoft is working so hard at launching and redefining their place in the mobile (and other) markets. Yes, it’s a new ecosystem, but it’s one that I can see myself getting behind.

That could change at any moment, though. For now, it’s what I want and what suits my needs.

I’m using Windows Phone because of the great keyboard, the Lumia 900’s great hardware, and the speed and smooth experience that Microsoft’s mobile OS offers. After having not used it for a little while, I had completely forgotten just how smooth and responsive the whole experience is, and how gorgeous the interface looks. I love the OS’s aesthetics, as it stands out against the likes of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. It’s something different.

I’ve changed my stance on Windows Phone mostly due to the ecosystem, but the platform itself has evolved quite a bit, thanks to developers who have put a stronger focus on the applications. If that continues to grow in the right direction, then Windows Phone will certainly be an operating system worth the limelight with the next big version.

So why do you use Windows Phone? Have you noticed a nice bump in improvements for applications? Or, on the flip-side, why do you choose not to use Windows Phone? Are you waiting for a specific device? Or have you just pledged allegiance to one of those other platforms? Let me know, Dear Reader!

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"On the eve of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 unveiling in San Francisco, does Windows Phone stand a chance against iOS and Android?"

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Krishna Das
Krishna Das very refreshing and attractive ui this is the future platform
Liam Emrich
Liam Emrich I wouldn't use windows phone even if you paid me. I'd actually rather use a blackberry than a windows phone.
Jim Sowell
Jim Sowell Day late, and a dollar short, I think Microsoft missed the bus on this one. I think they waited too long to be effectively competitive.
Darrel Blandin
Darrel Blandin yes cuse android developers do not keep all of there apps up to date and that can hurt them
Shahid Hussain
Shahid Hussain Why would I use Windows phone ? it's because of Nokia's Lumia family especially 920, 8X 8S and Samsung's Ativ S and new software "windows 8" .. Does Windows Phone stand a chance against iOS and Android? No, it doesn't. They need to work on their market for games and apps.
RocaMeth I have to say that I am pleasantly suprised with the new Windows 8 Pro on the PC, so I am actually looking forward to see the new Windows 8 phones, just so I can communicate with my PC. I'd say: Dont rule them out just yet...
Waqas Ahmad Khan
Waqas Ahmad Khan No chance
Justin Lindland
Justin Lindland I like the customization of my Android phone but windows phone seemed pretty nice. I played around with It and it runs very smooth but takes some time to get used to. Also needs more apps but more will come as time passes just like it did with android. That being said I think it stands a chance.
Dwayne Cubbins Syndos X
Dwayne Cubbins Syndos X Both android and IOS are in serious trouble win 8 is the best ive seen so far
Equaknox Knox
Equaknox Knox Only tablet version..tru geekers want to be able to root and or jailbreak..have a little fun...NaaaaaMeeeeen...MS is too basic of a phone..more developement and apps.user interface experience.. music entertainment..all that is put in ios n android..Nuff Said..but i am a bit of a fan..wuldnt be a tru geeeekeeerrr if i wasnt..
Anonymous You're all forgetting something vitally important here: both iOS and Android did NOT start off with hundreds of thousands of apps - particularly not the big ones. Before I knew about Windows Phone I was considering what smartphone to get, and I was turned off Android because of the lack of apps AT THAT TIME. I never ended up buying an Android anyway as it looked like it was made for techies. When I discovered Windows Phone, I fell in love at first sight. Finally, here was a truly artistic and minimalistic, intuitive OS. However, I was not sold on WP 7.5. I held off, and I'm glad I did, because WP 8 looks set to change the game. It's caught up, and it's everything I waited for. It's finally ready. And the world is ready to give it a chance.
Sam Rick
Sam Rick no
Tarequl Islam Chowdhury
Tarequl Islam Chowdhury ios & windows phone r sooooo boring.android is soooooo much amazing to daily use.
Kyle Mezrahi
Kyle Mezrahi YES!! With the 920 and 8X (even the Ativ S) coming out, they will dominate ios. I say, instead of all competing against each other, we should all GET APPLE!!
Dakola Moon
Dakola Moon If yall people watch some if the events they had like a month or so ago then yall would see that they are coming out with alot more apps and they said app making on the window phone is alot more easier then before!! I live ky window phone and can't wait to get a window 8 phone!!
Mayur The only thing lacking are the apps, more apps = more customers and im sure with WP8 its going to go big, surface gave a good start
Zach Cline
Zach Cline It's not the same thing as it was two years ago
Art Lopez
Art Lopez Windows was my first smart phone ever but switched to Android about two years ago and don't see my self going back anytime soon
Zach Cline
Zach Cline The HTC 8X is pretty solid
Kevin Cruz
Kevin Cruz I highly doubt that Windows will do better then Android or IOS but it definitely has a place in the market. I love Windows and think they have nailed the tile interface. The fruity phones seem unnecessary though. I hope Nokia and HTC build some better designed high end phones
Zach Cline
Zach Cline I'm an iPhone Owner and I tried out that demo that Microsoft has for people interested in windows phone and I loved how fluid everything was, It seemed about as smooth and snappy as iOS . I would definitely give windows phone 8 a chance . At least it's something different
Randy B Hoopes
Randy B Hoopes Nope
Niklas Gustafsson
Niklas Gustafsson People are stupid! If you try one you never want to go back to laggdroid :)
Yan Zhenghao
Yan Zhenghao @Man Nguyen LOL Fansheep!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline
Nam Nguyen
Nam Nguyen Windows is to boring.....iPhone 5 cause it's got a head phone Jack on the bottom...hello!!!
Shawn Leonard
Shawn Leonard If WF's are boring what do u consider iOS, exciting?
Aaron Couts
Aaron Couts Windows still has a long way to go before it regains my trust on the mobile front.
Glen Bloomfield
Glen Bloomfield Yes.
Yan Zhenghao
Yan Zhenghao
Jim Hagerty
Jim Hagerty Windows 8 is probably the worst OS ever made.
Steve Johns
Steve Johns I don't think so because of the fact that android will probably update 2 times and ois maybe once. Before windows does and other then the biuld quality the os is not that good it will never be better then android and android is beating ios so do the math hehe
Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown No
Marco Zuniga
Marco Zuniga They certainly stand a chance, not a great chance but definitely a chance and that's all you need in this day in age
Paul Gardiner
Paul Gardiner Not even a ghost of a chance.
Mark Hellard
Mark Hellard Getting one as soon as possible, question, how many apps do you need or really use.
Andrew D Hawkins
Andrew D Hawkins Windows Mobile Phones stand against the word>barley<.
Anthony D. Booker
Anthony D. Booker Of course it stands a chance, its a good Os, yes not alot of apps as of yet but it's getting there with games that are becoming classics already like Tentacles, and ilomilo
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes Still prefer Android
Tony Valadez
Tony Valadez Its funny how everyone was saying no just a month ago and how optimistic people feel about it now
Dwayne Cook
Dwayne Cook It's the most unique and just cool nothing like android and iOS thats why it's stayed out of the lawsuit battle.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Once Microsoft gets enough developers behind it it will. Right now it's still lacking apps and that will put a lot of people off from trying it out.
Justin Plecko
Justin Plecko Hell yeah it does.
Peter Bouchard
Peter Bouchard No
Jacky On
Jacky On Whether Windows Phone succeeds or fail, Windows 8 will undoubtedly succeed and Microsoft will continue to support Windows Phone until it does succeed. Microsoft has a crapton of money and they get $10 for each iPhone sold.
Patrick Moyle
Patrick Moyle Not as long as consumers like most of the ones above are as dumb as they are.
Lance Tomlinson
Lance Tomlinson @Amie: Post some facts. Where do you get you're info? Android holds 68% while iphone has something like 36% (aprox..its around there) of the market. Android seen 108% growth this year alone, clearly you're delusional.
Austin Jae
Austin Jae Chance, but extremely slim.
Harmoni Karlbom
Harmoni Karlbom Very doubtful. Android rules, Windows drools!
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella duh it will. best inc class OS just got better. it already looks awesome just needs more apps
Michael Schneider
Michael Schneider when is it coming out for sprint?
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Windows phones will always have a chance. Android is becoming less popular while iOS and Windows Phone are topping the market. More like, does Android stand a chance?
Shlomo Hayut
Shlomo Hayut Apps an more apps that's whats lacking on windows phone other than that they are just as good as droid iOS I've used all 3 and was really impressed with windows but had to go back to iOS due to apps...
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago ios yes...android nope!!!
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial Yes
William Hall
William Hall Oh yes. Nokia 920 dominates.
Sky Baun
Sky Baun android all the way.
Josh Pieters
Josh Pieters HTC x8 Verizon lte! Have to
David Moreno
David Moreno IMO It will...but lets see what this tablet does on the market. It may just be the gateway to lots of consumers trying the OS who wouldn't bother with a phone.
Kerri Kershaw
Kerri Kershaw Oh AND it sounds so far like the apps will be better for WP8. :D
Brian Dingle
Brian Dingle I would use it if it had a great app store like android. I had WP7 but got rid of it due to lack of apps. This is a really nice software.
Hansel Starley
Hansel Starley Because I though the update situation was going to be better than Android =/
Anonymous I think it'll take a short while. It's about to take off in Europe, so who knows? I love Windows Phone because the design theory is simple and beautiful and intuitive. Not to mention the build quality among other things. It's just superior to everything else.
Kerri Kershaw
Kerri Kershaw YES! WP is more dynamic, alive, efficient, smooth, and ergonomic than either Android or iOS! It's a fantastic option, why should we be limited to just those two options? Some of us have been using smartphones for a decade and aren't impressed with those, OR just plain prefer the stability and a UI that just makes sense. :D WP totally has a chance to thrive now that retail stores should actually have trained employees and models in stock!
Michael Miller
Michael Miller I hope so.
Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez They look nice but look like their closed on their customization like apple is on ios.
Mason Morrison
Mason Morrison If my carrier ever offers one with decent specs, I may have to get one.
Lance Tomlinson
Lance Tomlinson Could maybe bite into a bit of Apple's market share but with Android taking 68% this year in NA without any signs of slowing down, nope. Almost 70% of the market is huge, how can anyone make up that ground when even Apple can't.
DeShaundra McElroy
DeShaundra McElroy I love my current windows phone, and I hope for some improvements in the operation of this new windows 8 and the windows market, but in the end its going to get overshadowed by Android and IOS.
Marquis Thomas
Marquis Thomas I just got an iPhone 4S but could switch phones until next Saturday. I was thinking about the 920. Suggestions?
Kevin Antoine
Kevin Antoine Lol no thanks.. Too bland and lacks apps.. Also people say they are fed up of rows of icons.. Why would i want a vertical scrolling row of big and small squares? :/
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson Windows Phone 8 better step it up with the apps because Windows Phone 7 apps selection sucked ass. This is coming from a Lumia 900 owner. I don't care how good the hardware is. If there isn't any good apps then it will fail........
Pallab Gupta
Pallab Gupta I love my Android, but I say mindsets change.
Nathan Wright
Nathan Wright I enjoy windows phone jacky, but realistically, which normal consumer is going to willingly buy a "windows" phone. They'll get it mixed up with the desktop OS which many people may have had bad experiences with. Microsoft is really going to have the push the fact that windows phone=! Windows for pc.
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos I'm an Android person myself. I dunno really. If MS plays their cards right it could be a 3rd competitor but I don't think it would overtake either iOS or Android honestly. I do like Windows 8 and would probably buy a tablet with it though
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Windows Phone definitely has a chance... The phones are stylish and run nice and smooth, if Sprint brings a decent Windows Phone to their line up with LTE I may jump ship from an Android, at least for a little while
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua The UI is to boring . . .
Jim Carlton
Jim Carlton I say yes - MS 8 flew off the shelves this week - I had to go to 3 different staples stores to find a copy... I have an htc trophy - love it - can't wait to get a ultrabook with full MS 8 pro and then all my units will interface seamlessly... I am an unabashed MS fanboi... not so much with apple, because I do real work on my machines that require software unavailable for macs.
Randy Kightlinger
Randy Kightlinger Not to buck the trend here, but I say yes, there is room for Windows phone. Just look at the lines that formed to pick up a Surface tablet. I think this is the start of a very good year for MS.
Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas Nope windows sucks anyways
Joe Witcraft
Joe Witcraft Windows phone is boring...
Jacky On
Jacky On You people are too closed minded.
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte The 920 looks good design wise but That's all it has going for it os and IOS are on top
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz nop, but will buy a surface
Dale Junior
Dale Junior No.. Slow phones and the hardware is garbage.
Damon Lee
Damon Lee no way
Nathan Wright
Nathan Wright I'm gonna say no. No hate toward it, android and iOS are the only two OS's in consumers mindsets.
Elohssa Cousins
Elohssa Cousins Nope

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