Source: The Verge
quote: Win 7 phones were never really in the game in consumers’ minds, so Win 8 is arguably their first real smartphone entry.
quote: If you think something is "not in the game" because there are others who thoroughly dominate a given market segment at the moment, then all I can say is wait a minute.
quote: Did you know Microsoft has listed July 2014 for when it will end support for Windows Phone 8. Already? Meaning if I bought a Windows Phone today it's basically guaranteed to be worthless before my contract is even up. Hooray!
quote: The lack of apps was obvious in Windows Phone 7 – and there hasn’t been any progress in WP8. Google recently declared that it would NOT be developing apps for the Windows Phone platform as it did not see any consumer demand.
quote: Google is always trying to find ways of preventing Microsoft from progressing with Windows Phone
quote: Eventually Google gave in and provided Microsoft access to the APIs, because they knew that if this went in front of a judge, they would be thrown out.
quote: Besides, the options we have available on Windows Phone are better (in my opinion) than Google's apps anyway, except for search.
quote: First off Google makes it's money from ad revenue generated by people using it's services. Google doesn't make it's money from smartphones sales directly. Google doesn't lose profit if someone uses Gmail on a Windows Phone as apposed to Android.
quote: After all, Apple's iOS is a far bigger competitor to Android than Windows Phone. Yet Google makes a ton of profit from iPhone's/iPad's using their services. It would be crazy to attempt to block competing platforms from using Google services. That makes no sense!
quote: More wild speculation. Microsoft doesn't have a god-given right to Google's API's. What judge, exactly, do you know who would say otherwise?