Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac “The Windows 7 phones are sharp and the operating system is a gem, but three years on the sidelines, Microsoft needed something tremendous to make the world forget all its stumbles in mobile,” Scott Moritz reports for TheStreet.

MacDailyNews Take: People have long tried to out-Apple Apple. It has yet to be accomplished.

Mortiz continues, “Instead of one brilliant thing — an application or some flash of originality — Microsoft rolled out a hodgepodge of features that seem oddly familiar to anyone who’s used an iPhone or an Android device.”

MacDailyNews Take: And the reason they seem familiar to Android settlers just might have something to do infringement upon Apple’s patented intellectual property.

Mortiz continues, “A short test drive of the HTC Surround, which lands at AT&T on Nov. 8, proved Windows 7 to be easy and pleasing. Windows 7’s identifying feature is its home screen, which has tiles instead of icons.”

MacDailyNews Take: An icon by any other name is still a icon.

Mortiz continues, “Microsoft earned style points for making an easy, attractive user interface. The quality of the transitions (animations) as you move between tasks makes you feel like they put some effort into it. Very smooth and very Apple-like, you might say. But among the elements missing to a spectacular launch of Windows 7 was a drop-dead, show stopper feature that will help convince Apple and Android fans that there’s a whole new game in town.”

MacDailyNews Take: It seems rather generous to describe people who’ve settled for Android devices because their carrier couldn’t offer them the real thing as “fans.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft could have unveiled the perfect smartphone OS, that doesn’t omit Cut-Copy-Paste or Multitasking or Tethering and that is wholly original and doesn’t infringe on other companies’ intellectual property, and they would still be nearly 4 years late to the game. It’s superfluous to the marketplace. They can try to force their way in with $500 million in marketing and, if successful, damage the other iPhone wannabes like Android, but, like all of the other also-rans, they have not even come close to equalling iOS much less accomplished the tremendous feat of leapfrogging iOS, which is what Microsoft needed to do in order to make up for being so woefully late to the game.