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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2006-01-22 because of timing. It came out a year and a half after the first iPhone and was the only real contender available to phone manufacturer's outside of Apple without a huge investment needed. Would Samsung be where they are without Android is capable and developed into something pretty good, especially when teamed up with Google Services, many of which are excellent, even though they spy on users ;) . I wonder if Eric Schmitt was not on Apple's board if Google would had got into the mobile OS business as fast as they did. I mean Google did not start Android, they bought the project and adopted it. Considering that Windows phone 8 is really Microsoft's first serious entry and it's only been less than a full year since it's been available, it's made some pretty good in-roads quickly. It will continue to grow just because of the Microsoft software infrastructure behind it, along with Microsoft's cash. Windows Phone 8 is the first mobile OS with the NT kernel and .NET technologies baked in. Yes, Balmer was very late figuring out that Microsoft should be serious in the mobile space, but Microsoft has been behind many times before. And although there were failures at Microsoft before, there were also many cases where they caught up, surpassed (Oracle) and made competitors obsolete (Netscape, OS/2, perhaps Solaris). Android is king of the hill right now, but architecturally, being based on Java and with a wide open security model, may not be the best platform for the future, and it might not be the king forever.

Edited 2013-09-23 12:51 UTC

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