Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2012 11:24 UTC
Windows "Does Windows Phone need Google and its services to be successful? No. The fate of Windows Phone and its adoption in the marketplace does not rest in the hands of Google. Microsoft itself holds the key to Windows Phone becoming a successful platform, rapid evolution of its cloud services and integration with the rest of the MS eco system." Good editorial on Google killing AES support for consumers and how it affects Windows Phone, by WPCentral's Robert Brand.
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Author lives in a bubble
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 17th Dec 2012 15:04 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

People who buy smart phones do not start from scratch with no relationship to "web services". They already have an email account, online doc storage, online office suite, calendaring, etc. So the lack of windows phone to offer compatible apps with google services acts as a deterrent to people switching or even choosing windows phone as their first smart phone. Its highly doubtful that Microsoft will get its webservices to the point where it will cause a mass migration from google. I really just wouldn't trust MS to keep its free webservices free. They really do want people to subscribe to office 365. If they didn't have competition from google, libre/open office, I think we'd still be paying north of $265 for a license of Microsoft word "student and teacher" edition.

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RE: Author lives in a bubble
by dsmogor on Mon 17th Dec 2012 21:48 in reply to "Author lives in a bubble"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

What stops MS from delivering first class GMail support in WP?

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RE: Author lives in a bubble
by dukes on Tue 18th Dec 2012 06:17 in reply to "Author lives in a bubble"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

People who buy smart phones do not start from scratch with no relationship to "web services". They already have an email account, online doc storage, online office suite, calendaring, etc. So the lack of windows phone to offer compatible apps with google services acts as a deterrent to people switching or even choosing windows phone as their first smart phone. Its highly doubtful that Microsoft will get its webservices to the point where it will cause a mass migration from google. I really just wouldn't trust MS to keep its free webservices free. They really do want people to subscribe to office 365. If they didn't have competition from google, libre/open office, I think we'd still be paying north of $265 for a license of Microsoft word "student and teacher" edition.


FUD.

I am a prime example against what you are stating. I don't know where you get your information that there aren't compatible apps with google services because I've been using them since I switched from iOS to WP in April 2012.

With the latest moves between the two companies, I have started migrating off of Google services onto Microsoft's. They have *everything* that I used Google for. Especially Office. The one thing that made me grind my teeth about Google Docs' Word alternative is how it mangled resumes. Now I can just use the real thing--MS Word.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I don't think you understood. The author seems to think that because Microsoft offers webmail, calendaring, cloud storage, etc, that people won't mind changing providers for all of those over to Microsoft.

As it is now, I can switch between IOS and Android devices without having to change any of that. I can't use windows phone now, without changing those over to Microsoft services.

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