In an interview with The Seattle Times, Andy Lee, president of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, took a few potshots at the competition while talking up his company's Mango platform. Mango, or Windows Phone 7.5, was introduced to some existing Windows Phone users last month and introduces 500 new features. But is it better than the competition?
Lee certainly things so. When asked if he sees Apple's iPhone 4S as a missed opportunity that Microsoft can capitalize on, he said he does.
"Yes I do. I think, from an end user's experience on the software, there's a lot of interesting reviews written comparing us to iOS 5 and the amount that we've got done in 11 months -- some people are making comparisons of pace," Lee said.
One thing in particular Lee is excited about is the number of new features crammed into Mango without the "clutter and confusion" of other platforms. This is something he sees as particularly problematic on Google's Android platform.
"I think Android is heading down this chaotic phase," Lee said. "We want to enable OEMs, we want to enable operators, but we don't want chaos. If you've used some of the Android phones, some of them are great, but some of them are not great. But it's random. And it feels like, with some of them, that you've had several cooks in the kitchen trying to bake different things with the same thing. Whereas we have much more coherency in the totality of what somebody gets when they buy our phone."