Linked by David Adams on Thu 29th Nov 2012 20:16 UTC
Microsoft Financial analyst Charles Sizemore predicts that over time, a persistent Microsoft will come to not only thrive but dominate in the mobile computing space, because Apple has no "moats" to prevent customer attrition and its insistence at heavily controlling the ecosystem will drive customers away, while Google's offerings are too "shoddy." It's a bold prediction, but I suppose betting on Microsoft to be persistent and build on its strengths is a safe bet. But will persistence and flexibility be enough?
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Zune
by Gullible Jones on Thu 29th Nov 2012 20:50 UTC
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2006-05-23

Anyone remember the Zune? Apple got there first, other vendors got there cheaper and/or better, and Microsoft got there late... Just like the last time.

I wish MS would stick with desktop stuff. They're actually good at that, and it isn't going away.

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RE: Zune
by werfu on Thu 29th Nov 2012 21:54 in reply to "Zune"
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2005-09-15

They can't stick to desktop as the desktop is bound to downsize in the future. The mobile and living room space will increases. For now you couldn't get productive with mobile device or consoles, but we're getting to the point that these devices become sufficient to do everyday task (for most non-IT people) ex: writing email, reading news, using IM, writing text and making presentation. Sure purist will cry fool, but look around you and see how teens use these devices. Yeah, the Post-PC era is finally on us; it simply won't be as radical that most analyst predicted years ago.

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RE[2]: Zune
by Temcat on Fri 30th Nov 2012 09:59 in reply to "RE: Zune"
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2005-10-18

Microsoft should downsize sticking to the core business, that's it.

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RE[2]: Zune
by bassbeast on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 10:03 in reply to "RE: Zune"
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2007-11-11

Riiight, all they'll need is a bigger screen, more memory, a keyboard and hard drive space...why we could call it...dum dum dum...a PC!

Reality is VERY different, what is REALLY happening is PCs passed "good enough" for everything, even hardcore gaming, several releases ago, so now people aren't replacing until the previous one dies. that STILL equals hundreds of millions of PCs a year, it just means they aren't gonna sell as much as ARM because...well cell phones are disposable, as well as those cheap tablets. how many phones you have lying in a drawer somewhere? I rest my case.

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RE: Zune
by ml2mst on Fri 30th Nov 2012 12:52 in reply to "Zune"
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2005-08-27

I wish MS would stick with desktop stuff. They're actually good at that


They where re actually good at that, until they shove that abomination named Tiles 8® down user's throats.

Actually I wish they'd disappear in oblivion. The sooner the better and I'll be dancing on their grave :-)

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RE: Zune
by zima on Tue 4th Dec 2012 15:09 in reply to "Zune"
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2005-07-06

Anyone remember the Zune? Apple got there first, other vendors got there cheaper and/or better, and Microsoft got there late... Just like the last time.
I wish MS would stick with desktop stuff. They're actually good at that, and it isn't going away.

Remember Xbox? Atari got there first ...and died (the Atari of today is just renamed Infogrames), other vendors got there cheaper and/or better, and Microsoft got there late... and now Xbox has probably the best momentum.

Microsoft does usually dominate the fields they decide to focus on. Remember - DOS, GUI, office suites, they were all new things for Microsoft at some point in time.

BTW, Apple didn't really get there first with iPod - it really took off rather late ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ipod_sales_per_quarter.svg ) and in few visible markets - when the rest of the world was starting to move to mobile already (I saw some research from 2006 or 2007, how 20% of Europe uses their mobile for music consumption ...that alone means more than all iPods ever made)

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