Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Sep 2013 23:33 UTC

Speaking at Microsoft's financial analysts meeting today, CEO Steve Ballmer was refreshingly realistic about the company's struggles in smartphones and tablets. "Mobile devices. We have almost no share."

Right. Now that Ballmer himself admits it, can we please settle the discussion? Windows Phone has been a failure up until now.

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The 2 Ecosystems Rule
by PieterGen on Sat 21st Sep 2013 13:46 UTC
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It seems like markets only have room for 2 large operating systems, our 2 ecosystems if you like. One closed sand one open. Here is my reasoning, comments welcome.

Servers: the "open" position is for *nix, the closed one for windows server. No space left for a second closed system, such as OSX server.

Mobile: open is Android, closed is iOS. No place left for more open systems such as sailfish, mer etc: Android is seen as open enough. No place for other closed systems either, such as bb or wp.

Desktop/laptop: closed is OSX, open is....Windows. Yes, it was much more open than other systems, gave users a huge choice in hardware, software etc. So it its seen as open enough. Linux (my own preference) is of course much more open, but in the eyes of consumers this is not really needed. So: no space for Linux.

So my theory is that markets support one big open (ish) system and one big closed one. And that additional systems, be they open or closed, will get "marginal" market shares.

If this is true, windows phone will only have a chance once iOS is gone...

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