Is it just me, or am I really the only one that misses official WM5/WM6.x support? Neither Android nor Iphone are an option because of work (as I refuse to have two phones), and as far as I've seen from extensive use of both OSs, theres just so much more one can do with a WM device. WP7 though, even in a stripped and re-cooked state...is a bit of a letdown.
You may have missed the original 10 February 2010 announc...
You may have missed the original 10 February 2010 announcement but Windows Phone isn't derived from Windows Mobile. It's a total break away from it with no compatibility to it (in much the same way that Xbox isn't derived from PC even though they both come from the same company). So it goes without saying that the initial release of the product won't have the functionality that Windows Mobile accumulated over 10 years.
That being said you'll see significant updates in the Fall release of the operating system (codenamed Mango). I'm running an early version of it now and find it quite pleasing.
Though to answer your question, I find it less bloated. One of the things I like that Microsoft did is highly limit the carriers ability to preinstall crapware that cannot be removed.
Re: Anyone else think that WP is a bit....bloated?
I thought I would miss WM6.x and older, but I don't. WP7 is so simple, clean, and efficient. OEM's and Carriers can install their bloatware on my phone and I can remove it if I choose to. No need to hit up XDA for a custom rom that removes all the other stuff.
I have one gripe with WP7 and my Focus, it will not see hidden WiFi networks (even with Mango) and as such I had to unhide my home network and can not connect to the open guest connection at work or anywhere else that uses a hidden network.