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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RE: The OS Itself.....
by bassbeast on Sat 21st Sep 2013 15:36 UTC in reply to "The OS Itself....."
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Its ironic that Android on mobile now has the feature that so many of us trumpeted on windows desktops, the simple fact that thanks to a large third party ecosystem you can customize it and have it YOUR way. Several of the call blockers on Android let you choose who gets caller ID and who don't that way those that care about that can easily add it and those that don't? Don't have to have it.

If you ask me this is where MSFT lost its way, instead of bringing what made windows popular onto their mobile offerings they instead merely aped Apple while ignoring that Apple users are a niche that is completely unlike Windows users. When I bit the bullet and finally decided to go with a smartphone I looked for the most "Windows like" phone I could find...I chose Android. With the Android I have the most control over the OS, can even easily change the OS if I want, the third party ecosystem lets me change the OS and functionality any way I want, I don't even need to use their appstore if I don't want, it behaves frankly more like Windows on the desktop than WinPhone which frankly felt more like "Apple but worse".

Let us just hope that whomever replaces Ballmer starts listening to users, but if Elop gets the big chair? Sell the stock, they are toast.

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