Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 19th Aug 2013 03:46 UTC
Windows Microsoft recently wrote off a $900 million loss on its ARM-based Surface tablets. But according to Computerworld, the company intends to double down on its bet in hardware devices. CEO Steve Ballmer says that "Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services... We will design, create and deliver through us and through third parties a complete family of Windows-powered devices." Look to Microsoft to produce more new hardware as it fights for market share in the handheld space. Ultimately Microsoft intends to develop a common code base across all devices -- from servers to desktops to handhelds -- that supports "write once, run anywhere."

Analyst Frank Gillett of Forrester Research says that Microsoft is fully committed to shifting away from its traditional emphasis on packaged software and into handheld devices and services (such as subscription software). He sees this as a fundamental reorientation, and says that "No matter what, it's a messy process."
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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Kochise on Mon 19th Aug 2013 11:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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Microsoft also sells an... operating system, what only a few companies do. The fact that Windows had undocumented "features" that provided Microsoft's applications with advanced functionalities beside third parties' applications tells alot about the "benefit" of the closed source model. When you fed up, if not anger, enough developers, they go elsewhere.

Oh, what a surprise, Android provides open source model, actively developed and supported APIs, pretty good market model on which developers could live upon, just what Microsoft are now trying desperately to copy, but with their legacy grain of salt (closed source, ARM secured boot, subscription model) that consumers with now a good overview of the alternatives now despise.

But Microsoft insist. I already told in another comment ("fate of Nokia" article) that while I adore what the Windows Phone Team has made with the Lumia, they still carry two main flaws : the Microsoft and the Windows brands. Would the Windows Phone OS been sold by Nokia under its brand, nobody would have complained as much.

But if I recall correctly, even Symbian, while being a major pain in the donkey to code for, was pretty open (open Symbian initiative at the end). What Windows Phone is not.



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