Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Apr 2013 16:37 UTC
Windows Microsoft's Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Windows Phone, talks about the competition. "With iPhone, I sense that it's running out of steam. With iOS, [Apple] just added a fifth row of icons. Android is... kind of a mess. Look at Samsung - there's clearly mutiny going on. The only OEM making money off of Android is Samsung." There's truth to all these statements, which makes it all the more surprising that Microsoft appears to be unable to properly capitalise on them. Sure, WP appears to be doing well in a few select markets, but by no means the kind of success Microsoft and (Nokia) was banking on. Microsoft will pull through. Nokia on the other hand...
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 16th Apr 2013 18:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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Despite that, Windows Phone is showing off shoots of hope.

When you have to show signs for hope, you're basically screwed. Its like a carrier asking for a co-signer on your contract : no one trusts you, not even a little bit.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 16th Apr 2013 18:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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Android at one point showed signs of hope. So did the XBox. Just saying.

Everyone starts from somewhere, and anyone who thought that out of the gate, or even one to two years later, that Microsoft would have taken the market by storm was severely mistaken and foolish.

These things take time to ramp up, especially in light of a multibillion dollar deal with another huge corporation. The gears take time to turn, developer agreements take time to foster and grow into a vibrant app ecosystem, and its really a lot of work to get your ecosystem to the point where it becomes self sustaining.

There's a certain degree of pump priming that goes into these sort of things.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by JAlexoid on Wed 17th Apr 2013 09:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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Android at one point showed signs of hope. So did the XBox. Just saying.

Android showed signs of hope of an alternative platform in a revolutionised market and it was early - massively different situation.

XBox was a total failure at first financially, but had an exclusive that made sense. The 360 bid on exclusives and PS3 to not be as good. Massively different situation.

WP is not in a new market. WP isn't banking on something related to a generation switch. WP isn't even offering a revolutionary experience.

There is a rule - if you don't subvert the market, the established players will always win; even if it means that they need to close the gap.

If Microsoft wants WP to succeed, they need to come up with something more than just a new UI. Since the new UI has the same UX as the established players.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 17th Apr 2013 11:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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I think that specific phraseology belies more than just the normal apprehension when a product is being launched to an uncertain market place. Rather, it conveys a more desperate situation where things are objectively not what was planned. Where a large marketing push and several revisions of the idea have failed to garner marketshare. Its looking for a break in the clouds, or a storm cellar while a menacing F5 tornado bears down on your position. That's when you look for a sign of hope.

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