Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reiterated that his company will be delivering Windows Phone 7 devices starting later this year during his opening presentation at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 2010. How nice to hear. Microsoft has been losing consumer market share at a rapid rate as Windows Mobile has been trumped by other operating systems. For CIOs, that has meant moving Windows Mobile users to RIM's BlackBerry, or in some cases, the iPhone. Going forward, CIOs will have more choices to make. Windows Phone 7 looks to be a fine alternative to currently available smartphone operating systems. And since it is made by Microsoft, it will integrate nicely into current operations. Keep a watchful eye on Windows Phone 7. It might just be the best BlackBerry alternative on the market when it hits store shelves.