Originally Posted by nathris
Microsoft isn't going to go anywhere in the smartphone market. They never have, they never will. Windows Phone is far too restrictive. Microsoft dictates the exact hardware required. which smartphone makers hate. I mean, Android gets a lot of flak about its updates, but WP7 devices aren't even compatible with WP8!
Android is free, open source, extremely extensible and powerful, with a massive application library and userbase. The author's premise is incredibly flawed. If Apple opened up iOS for 3rd party manufacturers you think there'd be a single manufacturer that would decline for fear of competing with the iPhone?
It will be the year of the Linux desktop before someone dethrones Android.
Microsoft will have a third of the market when 2013 is over...!
You discount all the people who don't like Android, ... & don't want to be part of the restrictive Apple ecosystem. Understand, "smartphones" are only 5 years young and Android has had 5 Major updates to their GUI/Operating System... <-- That pisses alot of people off and it isn't "kewl" to be part of a science project from Google. Many people would gladly move to a Microsoft's ecosystem, because why not? Their Home Computer is Microsoft, their kids college laptops are microsoft.. etc. To me, Android is a fad, that is how a good many perceive it. It was a cheap way to grab billions, but in the end, the GUI was not a whole OS, this it why Android will be forever fragmented.
Leaving only 2 real choices, Apple, or Microsoft.
Face it & like it or not... ANYONE who has used a WP8 can tell you it is EASY to navigate. That is what 60 year old Moms love... and what people want.
Don't discount the cloud effect either. Linking your WIndows7, or 8 home computer, to your laptop and phone. Granted, it's different and takes a slight learning curve. But a total win/win for anyone who has a home computer and a laptop... now your phone is not fighting you, but a part of the equation, etc.
Geesh, it sounds like a good many of you are entirely mobile now and PC'less... who own no Laptops? (netbooks, etc)
Lastly, I am like most adults, we are not into freebies... when I go to make a purchase I buy what is best for me, & I don't let "marketing" weigh in on my decisions... such as, what is "cheaper"..?
That mindset is lemming'esque, .... not what is better (for them), but .. the cheaper it is, the better it is... because it's free !!
When you sell you soul for cheap'ness and freebies.. u have just sold urself on sacrifice & denial, not onto themselves, but in spite of themselves. Android is a marketing ecosystem... for free.
Sounds to me, you like Microsoft stuff, the only problem for you, is that it is not cheap enough...
(notice how I didn't use price, or cost in this whole post, important)