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Microsoft aims to bury its past (and the iPhone)

Microsoft's celebration on Friday marking the completion Windows Phone 7 includes two hearses and a mock funeral for the iPhone.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Microsoft software tester <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trioculus">Carl Jamilkowski</a>
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BlackBerry also mourned

The funeral procession also includes a second hearse for the BlackBerry.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Microsoft software tester <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trioculus">Carl Jamilkowski</a>
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Bury the competition?

This banner boasts that Windows Phone 7 will bury the competition. Redmond's tough talk will be put to the test when the operating system debuts next month.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Microsoft software tester <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trioculus">Carl Jamilkowski</a>
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Mardi Gras in September

Many of the dozen or so floats in the parade on Friday were not funeral themed, such as this brightly colored entry.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Microsoft software tester <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trioculus">Carl Jamilkowski</a>
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Windows Phone 7 aims to be a Thriller

Part of the celebration for Windows Phone 7 included a staging of the Zombie dance number from Michael Jackson's Thriller video. It's on YouTube, though CNET is issuing a geek advisory alert.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Microsoft software tester <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trioculus">Carl Jamilkowski</a>
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Paying tribute to Metro

This float honors the "Metro" user interface in Windows Phone 7.

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