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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Mistakes again and again
by Trenien on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 11:03 UTC
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Am I the only one who remembers the Courier project?
Right after it got leaked there was an incredible amount of excitement around it. And then Balmer decided to pull the plug on that, since it didn't use the Windows interface but one specific AND appropriate for the device.

At a time when the ipad didn't have such a strong grip on the market (they probably couldn't have put it out before the 1st gen ipad came out)...

The courier had enormous potential. Everybody I talked to about it found it interesting and thought they would like one. Even after the ipad was out.
In my own case, I wanted one, when I'm a die-hard pro-opensource, anti-microsoft zealot who tends to avoid throwing myself at the latest "bling" device.

But it wasn't windows, so it was killed (it needs repeating).
That's microsoft's way: they never aim to compete in a fair way, they want to level their monopoly to force everyone to buy their products (hence the WP/W8 debacle).

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