Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 17:24 UTC

2013 was nothing less than a blockbuster success for Windows Phone, which went from industry also-ran to the undisputed third mobile ecosystem, and is poised to challenge iPhone for the number two spot. You didn't think it could get this good? That's OK, neither did I.

Windows Phone seemingly turns a corner with every new application, small operating system update, and new Nokia Lumia. It's turning so many corners it's running in circles.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 18th Dec 2013 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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When the Surface was announced it was billed as "the stage" for Microsoft services. iDevices are a stage, Android devices are a stage, etc. What MSFT probably believes is that they can put on the best show so to speak.

Bing is deeply integrated into Windows 8.1 and Xbox for example. That level of seamlessness is hard to achieve unless you control the entire stack.

Speaking on Bing, yes it loses money but yes it also incubated Azure which makes a lot of money. Its funny how these things work.

Devices are Microsoft's weak point, or should I say was, since the Nokia acquisition brings major hardware competence that will extend beyond phones into tablets, xbox,and wearables.

Microsoft always did software well, and services are just an implementation detail of that. Now they do hardware well. And they have a ton of money.

Devices and Services allows them to control their own destiny. Look at how Apple is shutting Google out of its walled garden for example.

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