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Microsoft Windows Phone VP says the iPhone is running out of steam and Android is "a mess"

A Microsoft executive said there won't be a Surface smartphone anytime soon, but had plenty to say about Apple and Android-powered devices.

Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, told an audience at AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile conference that a Microsoft-made smartphone (much like the Surface) could be a possibility at some point, but likely not in the near future. 

"It would have to be something where Nokia or HTC was not providing the consumer experience we think is possible with our platform," says Myerson.

There were rumors of a possible Surface smartphone back in November 2012, shortly after Microsoft released its first homemade Surface tablet with Windows RT. However, it appears that Nokia and HTC are doing a fine job of delivering the Windows operating system without Microsoft having to step into the hardware arena for now. Myerson said he was happy, and that Nokia is "a great partner for Microsoft." 

Myerson declined to comment on whether Microsoft is working on a smart watch right now instead. However, a recent report from The Wall Street Journal said that Microsoft has contacted Asian suppliers about a smart watch and has requested a 1.5-inch display from component makers. 

While Myerson didn't have much to report on Microsoft's device front, he had plenty to say about Apple's iOS and Google's Android-powered devices. He explained that Windows Phone is seeing the most success in areas where it isn't subsidized (while Apple and Samsung have chosen to focus on the subsidized market) and that the app selection for Windows Phone is growing. But Myerson believes Windows Phone's built-in features trumps anything iOS or Android has to offer.

"It's a challenge, but if you look at the top 50 apps globally, we've got around 48 of those," said Myerson. "There's tremendous innovation happening in apps. We love checking them out and promoting them, and it's exciting to watch them. At the same time, our unique experience comes from the built-in features. With iPhone, I sense that it's running out of steam. With iOS, [Apple] just added a fifth row of icons. Android is... kind of a mess. Look at Samsung -- there's clearly mutiny going on. The only OEM making money off of Android is Samsung." 

Just last month, Ex-Microsoft COO Bob Herbold said that Apple's stock is a clear sign that the company lacks a few core characteristics that once made it great -- such as a visionary leader like former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Sources: Engadget, The Verge

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RE: We are idiots, join us
By Motoman on 4/17/2013 11:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
Surface Pro is leaps and bounds the best ultrabook on the market. It's capable of being a tablet, but it really is an ultrabook.

I think that everyone needs to firstly understand that tablets *are* computers. It's a laptop without a keyboard. Some devices, like Transformers and Surface, have bespoke docking bits to convert them into a laptop...other devices can easily enough connect to the generic keyboard/folder things that sell for $15 on Amazon - functionally becoming a laptop.

I'd like to say that something like the true convertibles is the wave of the future...the laptop/tablet things that just flip around to be used either as a laptop or a tablet, without actually having to detach the keyboard bit. Because ultimately you're either going to forget the keyboard bit on a train somewhere, or break something on it so it can no longer properly dock, etc.

The thing is though that desktops aren't really ever going to die - you're never going to replace the value and utility of big huge monitors for lots of productivity workers, and the lower cost and easier maintenance of desktops vs. laptops. And I can't really say that traditional laptops are likely to die either...the fact of the matter is that for the *vast* majority of people, that $279 laptop on sale at Micro Center does everything they could ever possibly want, and more. Unless the true convertible bits can compete at that price point...I can't see that market going away. Conversely, on the high end, I don't see 17"+ laptops going the convertible route...would you really want to try to walk around with a 17" tablet in your hands?

No...but, the convertible is a compelling new form factor that slots into a particular price and size category. For people who have a use for a small laptop and/or a tablet, it become a no-brainer.

RE: We are idiots, join us
By Belard on 4/17/2013 3:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with much of what say... thing about detached keyboards is easy replacement when damaged or liquid spills. yes. the notebook and desktop will never completely die... their usages for home consumers will be tiny. Years ago I wanted a 17 inch notebook, but after I used one for a week or so from a friend I decided to weight and the size was not worth it. So I stuck with only 14 to 15 inch models.

even now, I type this whole posting from my phone. in bed... Even though I have a full blown desktop computer with 16 gigs of ram and 24 inch screen a few feet away.

RE: We are idiots, join us
By DrChemist on 4/17/2013 5:49:11 PM , Rating: 2
I differentiate what I can do on an android tablet vs my surface pro in the fact that I can do more than play $.99 time wasters and troll youtube and the internet.

Only with full OSes can you get the full web experience and work function. Plus I don't need to have my company fashion an app so I can do work on it.

I loved convertibles and had one since 2006 (ASUS R1F) but they just never caught on. They are too heavy, and convertibles always will be heavier. All you need is a great desktop and then a ultrabook for mobile. Most phones and tablets are useless for work.

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