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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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 17th Dec 2012 15:04 UTC
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People who buy smart phones do not start from scratch with no relationship to "web services". They already have an email account, online doc storage, online office suite, calendaring, etc. So the lack of windows phone to offer compatible apps with google services acts as a deterrent to people switching or even choosing windows phone as their first smart phone. Its highly doubtful that Microsoft will get its webservices to the point where it will cause a mass migration from google. I really just wouldn't trust MS to keep its free webservices free. They really do want people to subscribe to office 365. If they didn't have competition from google, libre/open office, I think we'd still be paying north of $265 for a license of Microsoft word "student and teacher" edition.

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