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Ballmer makes the pitch for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone barely registers in the minds of customers looking to purchase smartphones. Most of the general populous walking into a mobile store these days has already predetermined that they will select an iPhone or one of the members from the growing Android Army. RIM's Blackberry OS and Windows Phone are continuing to take a backseat in the lucrative smartphone market.
With this is mind, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is still confident that things will change with Windows Phone 8. The recently launched smartphone operating system definitely looks slick, but is it compelling enough to attract not only new customers, but also legions of developers to make the platform thrive?

In a recent launch event in Israel, Ballmer seemed to disregard RIM and said that Microsoft is working with a number of OEM partners to make Windows Phone 8 a "really strong third participant" in the market.
Ballmer also went on to say that Windows Phone is "still relatively small", but that he "Expect[s] the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly."
When it comes to enthusiasm for the platform, we know that Ballmer is all in. The boisterous CEO recently narrated a commercial that showcases the highlights of Windows Phone 8.

Source: Reuters

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By Tanclearas on 11/5/2012 9:05:55 AM , Rating: 2
I don't really have anything negative to say about WP8. That doesn't mean I think it's perfect. I think it's good, but not better than iOS or Android. That's the real problem for Microsoft.

If it's not better in a meaningful way, why would anyone switch from iOS or Android? Microsoft made lots of money because for a long time there wasn't an alternative platform that was significantly better. Apple's tagline "Think different" was quite appropriate back then. It was different, but not really better, and the problem with switching was giving up everything you had already invested, especially in software.

I have made purchases for both iOS (some) and Android (mostly) already, and I am not going to start my software library over again just to get something "as good, but different".

By PsychoPif on 11/5/2012 9:28:18 AM , Rating: 2
It's true that for someone who has invested a lot in an ecosystem, the switch is costly. That I think is something every sane customer should worry about. But right now that everyone went the appstore way, we got no real solution.

For me what makes WP8 better is the integration with everything else MS. That's the angle they are taking and I believe it will pay off.

By kmmatney on 11/5/2012 9:32:21 AM , Rating: 2
I don't care about my Apps sp much, but I'm getting free tethering with a jail-broken iPhone. I don't think there is a "jailbreak" yet for Windows Phone.

By crispbp04 on 11/5/2012 9:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
You should check out xda developer. the windows phone platform is way more hacker friendly than your iDevice. Samsung & HTC windows phone users have been enjoying WP7.8 and free wifi tether for quite some time.

By Jeffk464 on 11/5/2012 3:54:51 PM , Rating: 1
why would anyone switch from iOS or Android

Exactly you are tied into an ecosystem so another ecosystem has to be so good that it draws you out of that ecosystem.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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