Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 16th Sep 2009 20:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sometime ago I conjectured that Microsoft made certain changes to IE8 to force web standards forward and drop backwards compatibility as default (a very un-Microsoft move) because of the need for the web to break out of the blinkered IE6 / Desktop-Browser view of content otherwise Microsoft would find itself unable to compete in the mobile space. It's been over a year since that article and in such a short period of time it has become ever clearer that Microsoft's mobile offerings, and their overall mobile platform strategy are failing against the dominant iPhone, the newcomer Android, and a re-invigorated Palm with WebOS.
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Inertia
by coreyography on Thu 17th Sep 2009 05:13 UTC
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I thought the article made some good points. I took it as an opinion piece, rather than Googling every assertion made, but I largely agree with it.

Microsoft can ride out their back-of-pack position on cash inertia, as IBM did a few years back when Windows rose and eclipsed OS/2. I'm not counting them out, either.

But I've owned 2 Windows Mobile phones, and all I can say is, what a waste of good hardware. If Android or WebOS ran on any CDMA chipsets I'd be all over them. I don't like iPhones (or, more precisely, Apple's policies) either, but they are definitely have a more usable UI to my eye (AT&T is the iPhone's uranium anchor, though). About the only WinMo advantage is that it is pretty hackable (which, ironically, makes it easier to circumvent the draconian policies and greed of some of the carriers that apparently love WinMo so much).

Microsoft has the technical talent to overcome their moribund mobile OS history; let's hope their management acquires some vision to do so.

As it stands, I'm running hacked firmware based on beta builds of WM 6.5, with third-party apps filling in the holes WinMo leaves even in their latest offering. At least the buttons are starting to grow to finger size.

I was going to leave this off topic alone, but as a prolific taxpayer I can't resist...I can't believe people fall for a guy who says he is going to fix all our health care problems in less than a year, and it isn't going to cost us or our grandchildren anything. There is one thing more important about politics than any party affiliation: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Edited 2009-09-17 05:20 UTC

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