Linked by David Adams on Tue 25th May 2010 04:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over at Daringfireball this past weekend, John Gruber put words to what many people are thinking about after Google's rush of Android announcements and not-subtle Apple-bashing at this week's I/O conference: "all-out war." I agree with Gruber that a good old-fashioned bitter rivalry could be a great thing for the computing world, and for smartphone/handheld fans in particular.
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Which is why I referred to their cultural inability to do "Free." Even when the XBOX was sold at a loss, they never gave anything for free.

Yea and I think that culture has changed. They are currently giving away a standalone hyper-v server that works with Linux guests. That's a huge difference from 10 years ago.

They can't cope too well with different models, i.e. the Zune is still a distant second fiddle to iTunes.

With the Xbox they have shown that they can give away the core system while making money on software sales. The Zune hasn't been much of a competitor to ipods but it has good software which they will be able to utilize in wp7. Zune HD is a good product but they priced it too high. A Zune phone will be a much easier sell.

Microsoft missed the boat big time with the mobile space. Once OEMs have Android for free, MS has to try very hard to justify enough of a value proposition to force them to push more expensive products due to the licensing overhead of windows mobile.

They are certainly late to the party but there is plenty of room for competition. I doubt they would charge more than $20 for the OS which is nothing given how much smartphones are subsidized by carriers.

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