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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Comment by PieterGen
by PieterGen on Mon 9th Apr 2012 23:49 UTC
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I love competition too. But Microsoft does not like competition. Therefore I don't think that the mobile market at large will benefit from Microsoft's presence in it.

Either Windows Phone (or Windows8 Mobile) stays small and remains an "also ran". In that case, neither iOS or Android will innovate faster because of Windows.

Or, alternatively, Windows Phone WILL gain market share. In that case Microsoft will simply kill Android, just like they killed BeOS, OS/2, WordPerfect, Linux of Netbooks etc.etc. etc.

In that case the net effect wil be a duo-poly of Microsoft and Apple, just like in the desktop market. (The two friends MS and Apple).

So the article title should have been "Competition is King, why we don't need Microsoft in the Mobile Market".

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