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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RE[2]: Doesn't matter
by bassbeast on Sat 21st Sep 2013 15:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Doesn't matter"
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Don't matter dude, WinPhone is still gonna flop like a fish on the bank and the reason why is simple, its that MSFT stopped listening to their customers and instead listens to Wall Street and that is the kiss of death.

As a retailer it baffles the hell out of me, you give folks what they want and your share grows...why is that so hard for MSFT to grasp? instead with Win 8 and WinPhone you get MSFT not listening but DICTATING and for every customer they get they completely turn off a dozen,that is NOT how you grow a market!

I have been a Windows guy since the days of Win 3.x yet when it came to a phone I chose Android, why? Because after the bad attitude coming from Redmond, the "just deal with it" comments, the screwing of the WinPhone 7.x users by refusing to port WinPhone 8, and Ballmer basically giving the bird to their desktop customers? the entire company has turned me off as a customer.

I was always on the bleeding edge when it came to their products, no more. I always had their latest OS, now I'm on Win 7. The entire culture at MSFT has become toxic and they seem to care not what the customers want or think, only Wall Street, and they only change course if the backlash to their flipping the customer the bird becomes so great they can no longer ignore it, see the Xbox N and refusing to play used games without whipping out a CC.

So I'm sorry but MSFT could have the best thing since sliced bread and it will still end up a failure, not because the product is bad, but because the company has become toxic. I personally hate fricking Linux but if SteamOS comes out and supports most of my games? I'll end up switching simply because I feel I won't have a choice,MSFT trying to tie everything into a walled garden, forcing me to use their services to log into my own PC, and other consumer unfriendly behavior has made their products a total turn off. this is what is plaguing WinPhone, not the OS, its the culture.

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