Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:47 UTC
Windows So, after much, much speculation and many, many rumours, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest mobile operating system. Hold on to your hats, because uncharacteristically for the Redmond giant, they've rebuilt everything from the ground up - this system has little to no connection to the Windows Mobile of yore. I don't say this lightly - but dear lord, Windows Phone 7 Series is full of win. Update: Hands-on video from Engadget inside. Update II: There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet. Only videos and music are synced via the Zune software. Update III: Since I didn't mention it clearly, here it goes: Windows Phone 7 Series is a clean break. There is no backwards compatibility at all. Update IV: Channel9 has a 22-minute in-depth demonstration of Windows Phone 7 Series.
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RE[6]: Comment by Kroc
by Gryzor on Tue 16th Feb 2010 00:19 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Kroc"
Gryzor
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2005-07-03

Keyword: London.

It's like saying "Tigers are the most common mammals of the planet" while standing in the tiger cage at the zoo.

Worldwide, Mac share is round and about 5%. That's peanuts, unit-wise (but not peanuts profit-wise, as Adam pointed out).


It’s the same thing if you put it the other way around. In countries and places where people can afford a phone like this, Macs are not that rare. I doubt there are a lot of iPhones in Congo either… but that’s not where these devices are targeted.

USA and Western Europe have a bigger Apple market than, say, Africa, or maybe South America (very expensive down there).

I think that the comparison with Office is valid, why waste time in Office for Mac if it’s so unimportant? Clearly supporting office is way more complicated than an iSync plug in. If it’s not supported, that’s on purpose and not for lack of resources.

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RE[7]: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 16th Feb 2010 00:26 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-06-29

why waste time in Office for Mac if it’s so unimportant?


Because Office for the Mac is a lightening rod for antitrust claims. Office:Mac has been around for longer than Office:Win, and Microsoft discontinuing it (which would make a lot of sense) would clearly be used as an antitrust attack.

Office:Mac doesn't primarily exist because it makes an awful lot of money - especially not with Apple jumping platforms/operating systems all the time. I'm convinced Office:Mac is barely making any profit - heck, it probably barely breaks even.

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by Gryzor on Tue 16th Feb 2010 00:30 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-07-03

Although you have a valid point, I still think that not supporting Sync with macs will omit a large portion of potential buyers.

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by Beachchairs on Tue 16th Feb 2010 03:43 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
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2009-04-10

I would add that MS probably wants to keep its market dominance in the office world. As shown last week, Office is MS's biggest money maker. I wouldn't doubt that MS is willing to spend that little bit extra to keep its bread and butter alive. MS does not want to leave room for something to pull a Firefox in the office suite world.

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by Beachchairs on Tue 16th Feb 2010 07:21 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
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2009-04-10

Given your article saying Office is one of MS's top money makers, I would be that MS keeps the Mac version alive to keep a good competitor from popping up and doing a Firefox. Again.

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