Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 14:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Windows Phone is fighting an uphill battle. Microsoft still has work to do in terms of user experience and the big hardware partners like HTC and Samsung are starting to lose interest and putting in only token efforts. But Nokia is keeping the platform in the conversation. We're not willing to consign Windows Phone to the same level of hopelessness as the open-source webOS or the out-to-pasture BB OS precisely because Nokia is too big and too active a partner." Having a big partner is by no means a guarantee. Microsoft is doing whatever it can - both legal and should-not-be-legal - to get people to buy Windows Phone, and it isn't working. A brand only gets you so far - you need a compelling product, too, and as much as I like Windows Phone, it's just not there yet compared to iOS and Android.
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Comment by PieterGen
by PieterGen on Mon 9th Apr 2012 23:49 UTC
PieterGen
Member since:
2012-01-13

I love competition too. But Microsoft does not like competition. Therefore I don't think that the mobile market at large will benefit from Microsoft's presence in it.

Either Windows Phone (or Windows8 Mobile) stays small and remains an "also ran". In that case, neither iOS or Android will innovate faster because of Windows.

Or, alternatively, Windows Phone WILL gain market share. In that case Microsoft will simply kill Android, just like they killed BeOS, OS/2, WordPerfect, Linux of Netbooks etc.etc. etc.

In that case the net effect wil be a duo-poly of Microsoft and Apple, just like in the desktop market. (The two friends MS and Apple).

So the article title should have been "Competition is King, why we don't need Microsoft in the Mobile Market".

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RE: Comment by PieterGen
by moondevil on Tue 10th Apr 2012 09:30 in reply to "Comment by PieterGen"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Or, alternatively, Windows Phone WILL gain market share. In that case Microsoft will simply kill Android, just like they killed BeOS, OS/2, WordPerfect, Linux of Netbooks etc.etc. etc.


They were not alone.

In many of such cases like OS/2 and WordPefect, their owner companies were actually responsible for the failure in the end, don't put the blame only on Microsoft.

IBM never knew how to sell OS/2 to the home users.

WordPerfect was killed by the company's own decisions,
http://www.wordplace.com/ap/

While it is true that Microsoft does not play nice, in the markets where it succeeds, it usually happens because the competition also does it own share of management errors.

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RE[2]: Comment by PieterGen
by dsmogor on Tue 10th Apr 2012 11:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by PieterGen"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

What MS did they cemented their presence on the market and made preety sure the successor to WordPerfect would not emerge. It took years of antitrust actions and standards organizations stunts to have them lessen the grip so that at least Google docs could cater a nich emerge.

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RE: Comment by PieterGen
by dsmogor on Tue 10th Apr 2012 11:45 in reply to "Comment by PieterGen"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

+1 for that.
MS still twists b**ls of most Android manufactures using their lousy patents. Now they milk them, but nothing prevents them from crushing Android when WP stands on its own feet.

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