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[2]: Myerson is a nut
by TechGeek on Wed 17th Apr 2013 14:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Myerson is a nut"
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"Newsflash for Windows devs, no one has a touch screen interface on their desktop and even if they did, no one will put up with fingerprints all over their screen. Its a broken paradigm for the desktop. It makes sense on mobile devices where you don't want a keyboard or mouse.


Newsflash: Ultramobile PCs are set to explode over the next few years. You speak of a PC in decline, but when you redefine PCs to include these figures, you end up with a market segment that actually grows.
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As mentioned above, Microsoft is losing massively on the ultramobile device front for ARM devices. Windows draws its power from backward compatibility and familiarity. Take those away and the user may as well be using any interface. And Windows doesn't (or at least hasn't before now) evolved quickly enough to keep up with the mobile market.

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RE[3]: Myerson is a nut
by Nelson on Wed 17th Apr 2013 14:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Myerson is a nut"
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As mentioned above, Microsoft is losing massively on the ultramobile device front for ARM devices. Windows draws its power from backward compatibility and familiarity. Take those away and the user may as well be using any interface. And Windows doesn't (or at least hasn't before now) evolved quickly enough to keep up with the mobile market.


Windows is not only valuable from a legacy point of view, though that is a big one. It is valuable from a services perspective. Windows integrates better with Windows services that are used by millions of people.

Windows is now on a yearly cadence and they're looking to deliver on that with Blue which should make them more competitive.

And no one is really kind of ultraportables now, meaning convertible tablets/hybrid devices like the Surface, but that sector is poised to explode.

The ecosystem best equipped to navigate that boom is Windows and Intel with their more efficient chips launching this year. Intel tablets will likely be good enough from a power draw POV to make ARM irrelevant, and the gap will only widen.

Windows RT transcends ARM though, it just happens to run on ARM at the moment. Windows RT is about eschewing the traditional legacy platform -- and clearly Windows RT will eventually be the one true Windows.

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