Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd May 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company's boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple and Samsung. The world's largest software company has so far focused on putting its Windows Phone software into expensive, high-end devices - chiefly from Nokia and HTC. But the new model will go on sale at Walmart later this month at an unsubsidized price under $150, relatively cheap for a new phone running up-to-date software without a long-term contract." Windows Phone is racing to the bottom just as fast as Android - with the difference being that expensive Android devices do not fail to sell.
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It's a matter of flexibility, whether it's important to you or not, linux obviously has the upper hand on customization.

You have to wonder for a the usual use cases in which you would be using .NET how many of those configurations matter.

Indeed. If microsoft were broken up such that each division were free to do what it could without being conflicted with the grand scheme of microsoft's monopoly, I think we'd see greater innovation and competition among those individual divisions. But alas this is all hypothetical since it wouldn't make much sense for microsoft as a singularly controlled entity to allow divisions to betray itself.

What you get on the other hand is a lot of support and you benefit from the integration of the products. As I said it is swings and roundabouts. Infinite configurability is only good for about a few use cases.

Ok then, what are the compelling advantages for windows&IIS on a server other than .net support? Linux has a higher learning curve, but most who learn it don't regret it one bit. In any case we also have some good graphical configuration wizards for anyone who wants them. Webmin, for example, allows you to provision your services much like you would a router or firewall. You can even configure it to control multiple servers from one control panel (similar to mmc). Much of it boils down to personal preferences, of course.

I not saying what the benefits are, but I doubt it is just .NET or cost of training.

Personally I have done a lot of Linux stuff and I thought it was a faff for the most part and I did look after quite a few servers via SSH. But I am a developer these days.

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