Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Apr 2013 11:21 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia has posted its quarterly results for the first quarter of 2013, and just like the quarters that came before, there's not a whole lot of good news in there. The rise in Lumia sales still can't even dream of making up for the sales drop in Symbian phones, and when broken down in versions, the sales figures for Windows Phone 8 Lumias in particular are very disappointing. In North America, Nokia is getting slaughtered.
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RE[2]: Good:(
by ricegf on Fri 19th Apr 2013 11:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Good:("
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They had a really amazing run, though. From the early MS BASIC on home computers, to DOS on early PCs, to Windows-on-DOS and Office, to Windows-on-NT, Microsoft defined computing for legions of people over the majority of my life.

They also survived some amazingly bad missteps, from DOS 4 and OS/2 (from their ill-fated partnership with IBM) to Microsoft Network (their ill-fated "Internet Killer") to Windows ME and Bob and Vista. But they always bounced back, largely by clubbing their competition out of the market with monopoly leverage. They left numerous openings, but too little competition to exploit them.

They tried to keep Apple on life-support while fighting the anti-trust case against the Clinton administration, so it is perhaps fitting that it was Apple's iPhone that finally exploded through yet one more opening - capacitative touchscreens - and revealed that non-Windows environments could be not just usable, but great. Apple's Mac sales have risen in response to its status as the best iOS development environment.

Once the "Windows-compatible" moniker became a curse rather than a compliment, it was only a matter of time before a multi-vendor environment like Android largely took the commodity computing market from the previous multi-vendor champion, Windows. (By that I mean that while Windows still holds the dominant share of the declining desktop market, most of the growth is in mobile where Android dominates.)

I'm rather suspicious that Macs will follow a similar trajectory to iPhones - taking market share from Microsoft initially, but eventually holding a strong and insanely profitable minority share to a new multi-vendor commmodity leader. I don't know if the new leader will be Google's Chrome (which complements Android), or Canonical's Ubuntu (which covers all markets with the same core product), a resurgent Microsoft with Windows 9 (they have more cash than most countries), or an even darker horse.

But I couldn't be happier. To me, as the Internet under IE 6, desktop computing had become rather boring under Windows.

Here's to living in interesting times, and thanks to OSNews for keeping me sane during the long winter. ;-)

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