Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2012 11:24 UTC
Windows "Does Windows Phone need Google and its services to be successful? No. The fate of Windows Phone and its adoption in the marketplace does not rest in the hands of Google. Microsoft itself holds the key to Windows Phone becoming a successful platform, rapid evolution of its cloud services and integration with the rest of the MS eco system." Good editorial on Google killing AES support for consumers and how it affects Windows Phone, by WPCentral's Robert Brand.
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Not in this case
by bowkota on Mon 17th Dec 2012 13:21 UTC
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Interesting article and I would agree with it however not in this scenario. It's true that Microsoft has services that could replace Google sufficiently for most of its users.

However, in this case they were the ones that joined the market late and they need to catch up to their competitors. This means they need to lure customers away from Apple or Android and I'm not sure if that is feasible without Google services which are available on both their competitors' platforms.

Edited 2012-12-17 13:22 UTC

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