Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:22 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows You can say what you will about Windows Phone and Windows 8's Metro interface (I refuse to drop that name) - it's inefficient, unpopular, cumbersome, beautiful, ugly, organised, clean, limiting - but there's one thing we can all agree on: it's unique and distinctive. CNet has published a profile of Microsoft's Albert Shum, the man behind Metro, and he highlights what I think is at the very core of Microsoft's problems in mobile right now.
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RE: Weasel Words Much?
by chithanh on Mon 15th Apr 2013 10:19 UTC in reply to "Weasel Words Much?"
chithanh
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2006-06-18

There's no evidence to suggest that the handful of people that actually do buy MS phones don't like them.

Hard numbers are difficult to find because Microsoft does not disclose them. But it seems generally agreed upon that one metric (return rates) is not favorable towards Windows Phone.

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RE[2]: Weasel Words Much?
by HappyGod on Mon 15th Apr 2013 11:52 in reply to "RE: Weasel Words Much?"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

But it seems generally agreed upon that one metric (return rates) is not favorable towards Windows Phone.


Generally agreed upon by whom? People on this website? That's hardly indicative of the general public. And if, as you say, we have no hard numbers, on what are we basing our agreement? Intuition?

I have no problem with speculation. Speculation is fine. But lets be honest; nobody here really knows for sure why WP8 is not selling.

I would guess though, that Metro has very little, if anything, to do with WP8's poor sales. I'd also guess that Metro has quite a lot to do with why Windows 8 isn't selling on the desktop.

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RE[3]: Weasel Words Much?
by chithanh on Mon 15th Apr 2013 14:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Weasel Words Much?"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

Generally agreed upon by whom? People on this website? That's hardly indicative of the general public.

Not by people on this website or the general public, but by industry observers and people in the know. In the absence of hard data this is the closest that you get.

But I tend to consider this plausible, as one of the effects of high return rates is reluctance of sales staff to sell the device (which has been directly observed), and Surface RT is shares many of the same problems as Windows Phone and also sees high return rates.

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