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Old 09-07-2013, 04:12 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Silver lining for Windows Phone platform. Developers will now see WP as the genuine alternative to iOS and Android. The problem is that Windows phone is alienated from Windows 8 and Windows RT. There has to be a winning stroke! As a Windows Phone user, I'm relieved that the platform will be backed up, and we will see updates and new apps soon. Nokia has lost the emotional touch it had with its customers for decades.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Pretty good debate here on the wisdom of the Nokia purchase by MSFT:
Kill Windows Phone or risk dying, analyst tells Microsoft - Computerworld

Opinions ranging from portending the Doom of MSFT to Brilliant!
I tend to lean toward the "pretty smart of MSFT" perspective.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Opinions ranging from portending the Doom of MSFT to Brilliant!
I tend to lean toward the "pretty smart of MSFT" perspective.
Facing the inevitable is prudent, not smart. Smart implies a strategic choice—not a tactical necessity. As it’s impossible to compete directly with something that’s free (Android), they have to add value somewhere. Adopting the Apple model is risky because MSFT has never excelled at elegance of design or usability.

I want MSFT to succeed, if only because I’m scared of Google’s ubiquity, but its best hope is that Android will falter under the weight of its own fragmentation. In which case Enterprise and other high-end users may insist on a platform that is more stable and controlled.

In the end, smartphones may be a distraction. The mortal danger for MSFT is Chrome and Google Docs, not Android.
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