Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 23:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Bloomberg: "Microsoft, which has tightly controlled the number of ARM-based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality, opted not to work with HTC after initial discussions with the company, said two people familiar with the matter. The world's largest software maker decided HTC didn't have the sales volume needed and had less tablet experience than some of the other vendors it could choose to work with for the first round of devices, the people said." HTC was the first company to build a Microsoft-powered smartphone. Now, they're not allowed to build Windows 8 tablets.
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Why would they pour all that energy in a platform only three people and a cow have bought into?

I fully understand HTC not giving two shits about WP7.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The Windows Phone install base is estimated at around 12 million. It's not Android, but it's not webOS either.

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tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

Why would they pour all that energy in a platform only three people and a cow have bought into?


Maybe because you heard that the company was also developing a platform that 300 million cows might soon be buying into?

Why did Fujitsu release a Windows Phone? Because they expected to sell a lot of Windows Phones? Or because the Japanese have the willingness -- that a certain Taiwanese company apparently does not -- to build a long-term business relationship, rather than thinking of every product as an independent decision?

Business goes through cycles -- and not just financial cycles. At some times, entrepreneurs rule. At other points, established companies dominate. Sometimes the fashion is to focus on "core competencies." Other times, the fashion is to "diversify." There was a time when the Japanese way was beating everyone else, and now it's out of fashion. But at some point, the business environment changes, and disadvantages turn into advantages.

Edited 2012-06-07 19:24 UTC

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Why would they pour all that energy in a platform only three people and a cow have bought into?

I fully understand HTC not giving two shits about WP7.


Yet you ignore the part of the post where I lament the fact that they fail to provide phones with decent size storage and/or expandable storage resulting in people who would consider such a phone turn away because the lack of space. I know for me I would consider a Windows Phone but why would I waste my time if I can get an iPhone with 64GB of storage and the most I can get with a Windows Phone 7 device is 16GB? Don't get me started on Android and the sh-thouse after sales support when it comes to providing timely Android updates and upgrades.

Side note: Due to the crap effort made by phone vendors there is a reason why Apple goes from strength to strength but I'm sure you and your apologists will down vote my post into the next dimension because I dare bring up some uncomfortable truths about the Android ecosystem.

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