re: Microsoft's Dumbest And Smartest Moves Of 2011
I would agree with most of the points, except for #'s 2 and 6.
2. Still no tablets
MSFT has apparently learned from various past, huge mistakes it made in entering new markets. In the phone arena, it's pushing not only an OS over which it has control (as it did with the previous Windows phone failure), but it's also pushing a new user interface (Metro), which is not only well suited to portable devices but also has the advantage of being both distinctively different and in some cases is a simpler, more consistent, and easier UX than its competitors. That being said, MSFT is leveraging its growing experience with Metro, along with its solid Windows base, to have an OS/UX combination for tablets that has the potential to be broadly competitive. And let's not forget the huge reservoir of Microsoft-experienced developers out there who will follow the path of least resistance when selecting an OS platform and development tools for portable apps, which is the MSFT set. All of these factors say that Microsoft is right to wait, especially since the tablet market is still very, very young, relatively speaking.
6. Billions To Nokia
Neither this nor the linked article established any facts that show Microsoft is outright paying billions to Nokia in their OEM arrangement. The facts of the linked article even more strongly suggest otherwise. Regardless, Nokia's world presence and support structure is not to be sneezed at, to say the least. Microsoft has executed a coup in their deal with Nokia, which I believe gives them a leg up in both the emerging smartphone market and in the tablet market as well.