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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 PsychoPif on 11/5/2012 9:25:05 AM , Rating: 5
Half of what you say is false and the other half is useless to 99% of users.

Off course, MS is far behind in the race. But if you think WP8 is irrelevant, you need to take an history lesson.

Horde of trolls like you said the same thing about the XBox and now it's the top console on the market. When MS and it's billion $$ really put themselves on something, you can't just deny the influence it has.

By BabelHuber on 11/5/12, Rating: -1
By StevoLincolnite on 11/5/2012 9:50:26 AM , Rating: 2
Horde of trolls like you said the same thing about the XBox and now it's the top console on the market.

This is false.

If you look at overall sales the Wii beats the Xbox by about 30 million odd units.
The PS3 is only a couple million units behind. (Xbox usually changes into another gear during the Christmas season)
Wouldn't surprise me before this generations end the PS3 only slightly beats the Xbox as on a monthly basis the PS3 does sell more units world-wide outside of this period.

It's not until you only look at only the North American market does it look more in favor to the Xbox, but America doesn't equal the world.

By quiksilvr on 11/5/2012 9:57:51 AM , Rating: 2
Not true.

After investing billions into Xbox, it is still barely 2nd in the global market (69.3 million on Xbox vs 67.7 million on PS3). And it is quite a distant 2nd from Nintendo's near 100 million consoles sold.

And let us not forget Bing, which takes a whopping billion dollar hit annually as well and has barely made any headway into the market either.

I am not saying WP8 should disappear (that title belongs to RIM). But it is pretty apparent that WP7 and WP8, though much better than WP6, still has a long way to go and the current leadership have been shuffling about for the past 2 years doing so.

By quiksilvr on 11/5/2012 9:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
Need I mention Zune, too?

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