Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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The issue is Foothold.
by oiaohm on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:32 UTC
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Biggest problem Linux has had is lack of strong foothold in the market end users have seen.

The current move on mobile started with Linux shock progress on netbooks. MS was able to slow this down by basically giving XP away for nothing. But it was already too late.

A few will say Linux Desktop is not ready that is why. True it still as not as ready as it should be. It takes time and resources tool up for particular market segments. That Linux had not been spending.

Current day Linux work is way more focused on the times to make a desktop work. Mostly in the process of being ready for mobile phones.

Basically Linux is appearing that it will get a strong foothold in mobile devices equal or stronger than MS foothold in desktop. A foothold it can use to slowly chip away at the desktop.

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