Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Sep 2013 23:33 UTC

Speaking at Microsoft's financial analysts meeting today, CEO Steve Ballmer was refreshingly realistic about the company's struggles in smartphones and tablets. "Mobile devices. We have almost no share."

Right. Now that Ballmer himself admits it, can we please settle the discussion? Windows Phone has been a failure up until now.

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Keep doing it, people will give in
by sagum on Sat 21st Sep 2013 01:55 UTC
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One of Microsoft's biggest issues is pricing on their mobile/RT platform.

Not only are the price of apps crazy expensive when you look at the likes of the iOS and Android counter parts... but cross platform latching doesn't even work with any of Microsoft's store purchases, yet they have the bast ability to do so with so much reward for it.

Take iOS, you buy a game or app, and chances are you're going to get a version for your iPhone that same purchase will also work on your iPad.
The same goes for Android, it'll work on your phone, tablet and pretty much anything else that is android based.

Even Valve's Steam purchases, allow you to latch on to steam, providing PC, Mac and Linux versions with one purchase.

Microsoft on the other hand will be quite happy for you to buy a game, on Windows 8 app store using your Microsoft account, but then they'll be happy again for you to have to buy the exact same game yet again on your Windows phone, using the same Microsoft account, that has the same achievements .. and then again on the xbox... Same account, same achievements.

It's not giving users any reason to latch onto the ecosystem at all and for the people who realize this, it's pushing people away from buying into the ecosystem.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

I was quite buzzed by the surface RT and would have made a nice replacement for my laptop until I saw the price. A lot of the designers liked it (who are apple fans)

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sgtrock Member since:

How are you going to do your job on a Surface RT? Has Microsoft ported over their entire tool chain already?

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