Linked by David Adams on Thu 29th Nov 2012 20:16 UTC
Microsoft Financial analyst Charles Sizemore predicts that over time, a persistent Microsoft will come to not only thrive but dominate in the mobile computing space, because Apple has no "moats" to prevent customer attrition and its insistence at heavily controlling the ecosystem will drive customers away, while Google's offerings are too "shoddy." It's a bold prediction, but I suppose betting on Microsoft to be persistent and build on its strengths is a safe bet. But will persistence and flexibility be enough?
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by thegman on Thu 29th Nov 2012 22:53 UTC
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The problem with the prediction is that it assumes people don't buy shoddy stuff, but they do, they do it all the time. The best selling PCs are the cheap and nasty ones, not the well-built workstations.

It also assumes that 99% of people have a problem with the locked-down ecosystem of the iPad etc. Most people don't even know it is locked down, and if they do, do they care? They didn't care that their Playstation or Xbox is more locked down.

I think the analyst is correct in is ideas, but he does not know what the ideas mean. It's willfully naive to think that crappy build quality and cheesy design will stop Android tablets selling. The low price and market saturation will ensure they sell.

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