Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:41 UTC
Windows It's been only a mere six months since its first unveiling, but Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing. This means device makers can start tuning the software to their hardware, leaving plenty of time to release devices before the holiday season.
E-mail Print r 1   · Read More · 74 Comment(s)
Thread beginning with comment 439181
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Will Anyone Care
by bnolsen on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 18:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Will Anyone Care"
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

license fee overhead of android is apparently $0 for manufacturers. Considering handset makers move units in the millions this initial cost itself doesn't help microsoft.

With MS requiring all the handsets to look and act alike on the software side truly forces commoditization on the handset manufacturers who might consider tweaking android themselves to get a leg up over the other guys. This may be MS's achilles heel...trying to ride the fence between apple's holistic model and google's totally open model.

It would be interesting to see software license + support costs over the life of a handset using the android model compared with the winpho model.

Edited 2010-09-02 18:28 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: Will Anyone Care
by nt_jerkface on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 22:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Will Anyone Care"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

license fee overhead of android is apparently $0 for manufacturers. Considering handset makers move units in the millions this initial cost itself doesn't help microsoft.


$15 is unlikely to make a difference given the price of the phone. A lot of people would gladly pay $15 on the assumption that it since it is made by MS it will sync easily with outlook contacts.

And MS can always lower the price if manufacturers balk since the bulk of their profits are going to be coming from Live sales.

This may be MS's achilles heel...trying to ride the fence between apple's holistic model and google's totally open model.

Or it might work out for them by attracting developers that are fed up with Android's fragmentation problem but also don't want to deal with Apple.


It would be interesting to see software license + support costs over the life of a handset using the android model compared with the winpho model.

Support costs are certainly an issue with Android. God knows how many angry emails these cell companies have received over upgrade issues. Google should have tied updates to store access. I'd like to see both Wp7 and MeeGo do well, Android is a mess from Google being so lax about standards.

Reply Parent Score: 2