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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I think the solution isn't so black and white anymore, especially for the cloud computing space where hybrid clouds are becoming easier to deploy.

Having a hybrid PaaS and IaaS on Windows Azure gives me the most flexibility. Azure has great PaaS offerings like Service Bus and SQL Azure while being able to load a Linux VM with a great open source offering that isn't on Azure.

Also: Azure supports a host of languages, including PHP and Node with a simple REST based API

The biggest win here is the pragmatic developer who realizes the strength of Platform as a Service but understands that getting there is a long process. Azure IaaS lets you move your Linux infrastructure into the Cloud and manage it with tools familiar to you, all while having it accessible to Azure PaaS solutions.

This also extends to having an on premise and off premise solution using a VPN.

So I'd argue that moving forward, it doesn't matter what you use. Use the solution that makes the most sense to you for the tools and platforms you're invested in. Its a tall ask to tell a Linux guy to move to Azure back when it was just a set of .NET APIs on top of a Cloud. Now its much more rich than that.

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