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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RE: Comment by PieterGen
by dsmogor on Mon 17th Dec 2012 21:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by PieterGen"
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Android lockin on the market is far smaller than one MS enjoys in desktop PC world. They doesn't have proprietary formats, protocols and incompatible HW that reinforces dominance through network effects. Their services are based on open standards so anyone can join in. Their dominance is only based on advantages they pose to oems and thus is volatile and can be overcome as fast as it has emerged. So while 3rd ecosystem may not make sense replacing the 2nd or event 1st is (and will still be) possible.
MS story with WP on the other hand is repeating Win32/Office lockin in even stronger manner. Proprietary HW, closed exclusive market, closed source, patents. It takes no genius to observe that once it becomes dominant there's be no way back until another massive disruption.

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