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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Huh?
by Morgan on Fri 30th Nov 2012 04:59 UTC
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Google's offerings are too "shoddy."


Are they speaking of Google labeled hardware like the Nexus series? Because if so they are a bit off base; Nexus phones and tablets aren't as whiz-bang as the newest devices out there, but they are all solidly built and reliable.

They must therefore be speaking about the Android OS, but the problem with that mindset is that you'll find the most issues with Android on devices where it is heavily modified by the carrier or manufacturer. Pure Android OS on a Nexus device is solid. I always had issues with stability on Android devices until I started using a Nexus S, for example.

Granted, Android isn't for everyone and in many ways I prefer WP7, but over two thirds of the smartphones out there run Android. That figure alone speaks for its popularity and usability.

But who knows? Stranger things have happened; maybe Microsoft will come to dominate the mobile space. Maybe Google+ will come to trump Facebook and Twitter in the social space. Maybe one day my grandchildren will walk on Mars in the space exploration, er, space.

But I'm not betting on any of it.

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