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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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RE: Not available
By BabelHuber on 11/5/2012 11:09:21 AM , Rating: -1
I try to give you a clue regarding 'obscure features':

If you switch to your shiny new WP-device, which doesn't support Bluetooth File Transfer, you cannot transfer the contacts of your old phone to your new phone via bluetooth.

This is exactly what is happening to a lot of users 'upgrading' from an old Symbian Nokia to a new WP-Nokia.

The first thing they try is to transmit their old contacts/ pictures to the new phone.

When it does not work, they use Google. When they use Google, they see that their new phone can't do jack shit (no rSAP, no Bluetooth file transfer etcetc).

When they see that their phone cannot do jack shit, they return it.

When they return the phone, the sales guy is annoyed.

When the sales guy sells 10 WP-phones and gets 5 returned, he thinks 'this phone creates high return rates, so I have more work'.

And then the sales guy thinks 'In the future, I'll sell Android and iOS instead'.

But this is too hard to understand for some, I know.

RE: Not available
By tayb on 11/5/2012 11:50:59 AM , Rating: 3
Bluetooth is not the only way to transfer contacts. Do you think that people buying Windows Phones just manually type out all their new contacts...? There are other ways to transfer...

Also, Windows Phone 8 supports BTF anyway so I'm not sure what your point is here.

When the sales guy sells 10 WP-phones and gets 5 returned, he thinks 'this phone creates high return rates, so I have more work'. And then the sales guy thinks 'In the future, I'll sell Android and iOS instead'.

It's hard to find unbiased surveys but most "satisfaction" surveys I've looked at have iOS #1, WP7 #2, Android #3. Here's one from PCMag:,2817,2402202, I've seen no indications that Windows Phone has a high return rate at all.

RE: Not available
By BabelHuber on 11/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: Not available
By Jeffk464 on 11/5/2012 3:51:02 PM , Rating: 2
What, no I just log into my google account and all my contacts, emails, calendar, documents, and everything populate. Makes the switch to WP8 sound like a pain if this doesn't happen.

RE: Not available
By AntDX316 on 11/5/2012 9:45:23 PM , Rating: 3

the LG optimus G is better than any Windows Phone 8 in everything

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