But what Microsoft can’t do is will Window Phone 7 handsets into the public’s hands. They’re going to have to earn that, and they’re going to need developers’ help. And as excited as they-and we-might be about this thing, the earliest we could hope for Windows Phone 7 to have the kind of app power it needs to be competitive with the smartphone giants-who, by the way, aren’t going to be sitting still for the next year-is the middle of 2011. That’s the Windows Phone 7 problem-and it’s out of Microsoft’s hands.
How many iPhone and Android apps will there be by then?