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Will Windows Phone Take Off In 2012?
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melgross
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melgross,
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1/9/2012 | 8:47:10 PM
re: Will Windows Phone Take Off In 2012?
It would have to be a better year, wouldn't it? Considering...

But I don't understand why MS has to have three versions of its OS. There's no need for that, so they must be artificially breaking it down so that they charge manufacturers for the high end version the way they do with Windows.

The excuse of different hardware isn't a good one. Apple, for example has the same OS version on three generations of phones with very different hardware and performance. Ms itself sells the same version to companies and end users with thousands of different computers.
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1/7/2012 | 1:55:56 AM
re: Will Windows Phone Take Off In 2012?
I don't think it will take off. 1) There is little ISV/developer support. 2) There is no OEM (cell phone manufacturer) support, expect Nokia due to Microsoft's billion plus subsidy. The OEMs have witnessed how the Microsoft model has worked for the PC OEMs (HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc) and they do not want any part of it. The OEMs will never climb aboard as long as Microsoft does not allow them to alter the interface or functions which puts them in a commodity market where they are hamstrung to differentiate themselves from their competitors on technology and need to compete on price. Microsoft will also need to get much more generous with their profit sharing than they are with the PC OEMs.

Also, like it or not, smartphones are fashion accessories where the hipness of your brand matters almost more than feature/function. It is difficult for anyone to come up with a function that they need to have on iOS that is not on BlackBerry or vice-versa (or Android vs. iOS). Microsoft suffers from a serious cool factor deficit vs. Apple and the Android devices.
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1/6/2012 | 8:44:01 PM
re: Will Windows Phone Take Off In 2012?
As this article relates to your article asking if Apple devices have peaked , I think if Apple has peaked, Microsoft will gain some from those looking "for something else". Not necessarily better, but "something else".
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1/5/2012 | 7:03:59 AM
re: Will Windows Phone Take Off In 2012?
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12/29/2011 | 8:10:14 PM
re: Will Windows Phone Take Off In 2012?
I think Microsoft made a mistake releasing the information in the roadmap. I was really considering the Nokia Lumia 800 when it gets here but if the Apollo update has significantly improved specs, specifically screen specs, I'd be crazy to waste money on an update before it comes out. I bet a lot of people feel the same way. The other thing that is missing is vendor participation in the app market. Ex: there are various car manufacturers that have smartphone apps that can unlock and start cars. None of those are available for Windows phones.

I've had an iPhone and an Android phone. I currently have a WP7 phone. There are a lot of things I like about the Windows phone. And it performs better on a single core processor than most, if not all, Androids do on a dual core processor. But, the limitations on apps is a problem. They've got to solve that. I am considering going back to Android because of that . . . and Swype, which was a lot to give up.


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