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Android Takes Top Tablet OS Crown
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SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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3/4/2014 | 11:03:48 AM
Android takes the lead
I was just commenting to someone this weekend that I'm seeing a whole lot more Android tablets in the wild than I have ever seen before.  I still see a fair number of iPads but it seems like I'm seeing the 7" Android tablets everywhere.  I have more or less parked my Android tablet in favor of my Surface but truth be told I'm also running Bluestacks so I can run Android apps that don't exist in the Microsoft Store.
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ppeters028,
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3/4/2014 | 1:46:38 PM
Re: Android takes the lead
There is no question that Android is capturing a larger market share, but Gartner's analisys is very sloppy, understating the actual Apple sales and comparing it to Android's shipped. Facts paint a clear picture of Android's gains without having to resort to "Puffing".
Michael Endler
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3/7/2014 | 4:24:54 PM
Re: Android takes the lead
It's true that Gartner and IDC statistics are questionable. And even if they were accurate, I think market share is less important than ecosystem revenue, product margins, etc. Market share isn't unimportant, and with high-growth opportunities increasingly confined to emerging markets, Apple has some reason to be concerned. But all things considered, the iPad still wins the battles that matter.
Michael Endler
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3/7/2014 | 4:22:05 PM
Re: Android takes the lead
How's your experience with that, SaneIT? There've been a lot of rumors that Microsoft might officially sanction Android apps in Windows. And Nokia X and Intel's Dual OS are actually real. Do you think Android apps would address the Windows "app gap"?
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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3/10/2014 | 8:26:36 AM
Re: Android takes the lead
It's not horrible but there are some apps that are just clunky inside Bluestacks.  Some just plain refuse to rotate to an orientation that is actually usable inside the application.  Aside from that it's about like running a virtual machine environment inside Windows.
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3/4/2014 | 12:14:07 PM
endroid
Since 2012 all of the friends whom giving up on IOS switch over to Windows or endroid, the is the trend.  IOS is not challenge to users.
DDURBIN1
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3/4/2014 | 12:35:30 PM
Microsoft's biggest mistake
Microsoft owes most of its tablet woes to the abandonment of Zune.  Apple's iPod was the first step to the iPhone then followed with the iPad.  Had Microsoft redesigned the Zune and kept the Zune with the Zune store viable they would be sharing the market with Apple while the Android had very little traction.  Instead it's the Surface with very little traction.
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3/4/2014 | 2:14:57 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
I think Zune was dead in the water. Keeping that alive would not have helped MS mobile story, IMHO.
DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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3/4/2014 | 3:12:24 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake

Has ANY Microsoft product been a success with the 1.0 version?  How about the 2.0 version?  No, Microsoft usually takes at least three cracks at a product before finding the right solution the market accepts.  Even though there were several "generations" of Zunes, not much changed.  MS basically quit on Zune after the first version.  Had MS continued more market research and done their usual product redesign they might have figured out something more acceptable to the market for Zune, WinPhone and Surface instead of waiting to start all over after Apple and Google.  It also didn't help that the Zune store charged more than twice the iTunes rate for music.

SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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3/5/2014 | 8:32:15 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Well to point to one product that was successful right away the Xbox really shook up the gaming console market.  The old Windows CE phones weren't bad either they just failed to innovate and they struggled when some real innovation hit that market.  Microsoft could do much better at getting out in front of technology and seeing some of their products that are more proof of concept in the lab they don't lack the ability to innovate they just don't bring it to market.
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DDURBIN1,
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3/5/2014 | 10:38:11 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
That's a really good point on Microsofts innovation labs.  Its a leadership issue, being able to pick the right innovations.  Xerxo had the same troubles.  Their labs were quite innovative but not Xerox leadership letting others cash-in on their ideas.  Same for Kodak.  Just goes to show how poor leadership can negatively affect business.   
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3/7/2014 | 4:27:50 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
"It's a leadership issue, being able to pick the right innovations."


Bingo. There's no shortage of awesome stuff happening at Microsoft. But the company has misjudged when and how to bring a lot of tech to market. Nadella's ascension might change that.
SaneIT
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3/10/2014 | 8:25:15 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Here's to hoping that Nadella brings an innovative spirit to Microsoft.  They are long due for this.
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3/4/2014 | 6:48:29 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Microsoft isn't helped by trying to emulate Apple and Google while relying on Windows and Office sales. It needs ad (and service) revenue to offset its software development costs if it wants to compete with Google on price. And it needs truly top-notch hardware married with appealing software to challenge Apple. Or rather it needed those things three years ago.
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3/5/2014 | 10:46:43 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
That's kind of my point Thomas.  Leaving Zune closed the door on getting ahead on mobile service and product revenue until well after Apple and Google did so.  Some times a "reboot" is necessary but Micrsoft must have re-booted their mobile strategy three or four times to finally end up with Windows 8 for everything too little too late mistake.  To be sure Microsoft will claw its way back into the mobile market as the synergy for Windows will make it so, probably with Win9.
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3/5/2014 | 2:15:43 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
The nature of rapid change in the mobile market these days is in probably good for Microsoft. They are way behind right now, but they make good decisions and fix some of the gaffes with Windows 8, they can get back in the game with Windows 9. It won't be easy, but the mobile market can completely flip in a year at the rate people replace their phones, so it is possible.
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3/5/2014 | 2:35:00 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Absolutely right on about rate of change, how else would have Android/Samsung competed against Apple.  Zune needed fixing however Windows 8 didn't fix Zune's problems but instead inherited them. Zune had a non-intuitive UI even after four generations of devices. MS learned nothing from Zune but should have.  Maybe MS would have learned one OS for all devices doesn't and won't work.  
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3/5/2014 | 2:40:04 PM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
I've never used the Zune. I jumped straight to the iPod, which I guess says a lot. As for a single operating system, I'm not that it can't work. General consensus is that the way Windows 8 tries to meet the needs of both kind sof devices does not work well. However, I can envision a future when it could work if designed differently. I'm not sure how it needs to be designed, but I think it's possible. Maybe just not in 2014.
SaneIT
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3/6/2014 | 8:25:51 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
The door is open but having played with Windows 8 phone I have to say right now what is killing it most is the lack of apps.  The UI is actually quite nice on the phone sized display but when going from my Android phone that does everything I need and more over to the Microsoft Store I was very let down.  I gave up even trying to match the apps on my Android phone and just started trying to find anything that I thought might be close enough replacements.  I gave that up quickly.
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3/6/2014 | 9:20:58 AM
Re: Microsoft's biggest mistake
Google Play took a while to catch up with business-targeted apps. Now, most of the tools I rely on daily on my iPad are available with the same features on an Android tablet. Even as little as a year ago that wasn't the case.


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