Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 14:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Windows Phone is fighting an uphill battle. Microsoft still has work to do in terms of user experience and the big hardware partners like HTC and Samsung are starting to lose interest and putting in only token efforts. But Nokia is keeping the platform in the conversation. We're not willing to consign Windows Phone to the same level of hopelessness as the open-source webOS or the out-to-pasture BB OS precisely because Nokia is too big and too active a partner." Having a big partner is by no means a guarantee. Microsoft is doing whatever it can - both legal and should-not-be-legal - to get people to buy Windows Phone, and it isn't working. A brand only gets you so far - you need a compelling product, too, and as much as I like Windows Phone, it's just not there yet compared to iOS and Android.
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Maybe if they had actually stuck with the plan of Maemo / Symbian with Qt Awesome, they would actually be kicking some major butt right now. Then throw in Intel with the Linux Foundation around MeeGo and they had something great brewing, as proof of the N9.

But then they had to lay off all those talented people, and go down on Steve Ballmer.

Sad days.

I hope Elop burns on the platform he went with.

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