quote: When they're the underdog in a market, they come out aggressive and willing to lose billions to create marketshare. They did that with the Xbox and Xbox 360 and now their console system is leading in sales and kicking ass in online subscriptions. The same thing will happen with Windows mobile, they neglected it for too long and gave Apple too big of a head start. Someone at MS finally got wise to that and aren't going to let Apple or Google get away with it. This is all good news for the consumer. Personally, I'm interested in a mature WP7/WP8 platform much more than Apple's IOS or Android. Reasons being that MS has it's hands in everything software that's worth having (Xbox live, MS Office, growing app store) along with a unified hardware platform (no fragmentation like Android). Plus MS won't be so hard assed about controlling Windows mobile as much as Apple.
quote: Tony, I'll give you credit for what you've posted makes sense, and you seem to know a bit about what your talking about... But in everything you posted, you danced around one topic that seems to have slipped through your facts. While it is true that their office/os monopoly is slipping, and they will never have a monopoly in the console, or mobile phone market, the point is they don't need to!! There is this thing called diversification , and that is what MS is doing here!
quote: Microsoft does not have as fragmented a business model as you suggest. Their strategy involves extending the Windows, Xbox Live, and Zune brands across platforms and into the cloud, similar to what Apple (and perhaps even Google) are doing. Microsoft is in a much stronger position, however.Also, Windows is in no way threatened. Mac OS will never extend beyond its niche for trendsters, computing novices, and media production professionals. Linux is for nerds with way too much time on their hands, and will never offer the polish, reliability, functionality, ease of use, and compatibility of Windows. Chrome OS is a niche product for netbooks that offers nothing to the all-important business world.
quote: Tony, I'll give you credit for what you've posted makes sense, and you seem to know a bit about what your talking about