Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 21:50 UTC
Windows Fascinating, this. As a Windows Phone 7 user, I can attest that it is every bit as good as iOS and Android - heck, in my experience, it is more polished, more consistent, smoother, and faster than either of those two. Yet, despite raving reviews and glowing user comments all over the web, Windows Phone 7 simply isn't selling. Former Windows Phone 7 general manager Charlie Kindel believes it's because neither carriers nor device makers like the control Microsoft exerts over the platform.
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by martini on Wed 28th Dec 2011 13:26 UTC
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I'm not really sure about being late.

Sure, WP7 timing wasn't complete right, but I thought that Android was also late. Blackberry and iPhone was already on the market when Android was released. I thought it was already too late, but Android installed base rise.

I also thought that the Xbox was late and didn't fit on the market.

So, I'm not sure about the "late" term to be definitive.

But I think that WP7 is failing against Android because of what Thom exposed. The hardware manufactures has control over it. This is mostly because it is open source and manufacturer don't feel 100% tied to Google. You can even hire other teams to compile a custom Android for you hardware device. So phone manufacturers feel the vendor independence that open source preaches.

Maybe it is the first time we can see the advantages of an open source project (Android) that was released before a close source alternative (WP7).

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