Linked by snydeq on Tue 19th Feb 2013 18:41 UTC
Microsoft As PC prospects decline, Microsoft has been moving toward a hybrid, cross-platform future with an eye toward opportunities in the server closet and the cloud. But the question remains, How might Microsoft evolve to get there? "It's tempting to say the past five years has seen Microsoft's desktop-centric strategy slowly give way to a pell-mell free-for-all made up of equal parts desktop, server, mobile hardware and software, cloud services, and auxiliary systems like the Xbox. Truth is, intention has always been present. It's only now, thanks to major upheavals in consumer tech and the cloud, that Microsoft's broad-spectrum plays are becoming more evident and critical. [...] What may be new for Microsoft is the need to better cohere its strategy around an ever-widening array of services and technologies, especially as the breadth of competition it faces widens. Most of all, if there ever comes a time to stop being a consumer-oriented company, Microsoft shouldn't flinch. A future where Microsoft doesn't make hardware or end-user programs seems remote, but there was a time when IBM abandoning its PC business seemed jarring, too." And if Microsoft can't quite cohere its strategy, the best means to this end may be to divide.
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Because there are a lot of Windows users out there? Not just Windows RT users, but Windows 8 users can also use Windows Store Apps.

Leave Windows 8 store out of this, it's too new and still has not proved itself a profitable platform. Amount of users still means nothing (Everyone has Chrome Store, yet no one uses it).

Most developers are focusing on mobile because that's where people are spending the money, so my points apply mainly to WinPhone and WinRT.

I don't understand this. If I have already made money on iOS/ Android, then Windows Phone is just another system.

Yes but it's more difficult to port and has more restrictions. If you are using a game engine or HTML5 it's fine but most people (or more like, most developers that write apps/games that matter are not).

May I know how do I get BB10 device now, suppose I am interested in developing apps for it using HTML5/JS?

Find a blackberry rep, they give away alphas of their phones to developers or playbooks for free. They'll likely be at GDC.

As I remember, WP8 supports C++. There are a lot of game engine have been already/ will be ported to WP8.

Game engines help the small companies, but usually developers that write the most complex games roll their own engine.

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