Microsoft Wants WinPhone to Bump Apple to Third Place in 2015
June 18, 2014 12:27 PM
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Microsoft also says it plans to be #1 in the enterprise wireless market
While it's still working to crystallize
its new devices unit's
plan for upcoming Windows Phone releases and adjust its marketing message for the platform, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is already making bold predictions for the future. In London this week, it held an event called "
" looking to sell business on
Windows Phone 8.1
and give them
a peek of what's to come
Microsoft's Windows Phone UK director Leila Martine laid out her vision of how Microsoft can beat out Google Inc.'s (
) Android and Apple, Inc.'s (
) iOS in the business sector. Microsoft sees the enterprise wireless devices market as a crucial sector for its growth, as it's perhaps the most universally embraced enterprise workstation and server vendor. And with BlackBerry, Ltd. (
) currently riding into the sunset, the fittest challenger looks poised to inherit a lucrative series of enterprise device contracts.
the UK publication
, Ms. Martine said that iOS trails Windows Phone in price and choice, while Android
trails it in security
. She comments:
Our ambition is to be number one in the business market and my ambition is to achieve that within the next year. We want to be taking share from across the board.
When you think of Apple, how many CEOs and CIOs really want to pay for their employees to use an expensive premium device when they can choose from a full range of devices? With Android, Apple and BlackBerry, there are continued concerns about the fragmentation of the ecosystem, the segmentation of the experience and also the level of malware.
Leila Martine, Microsoft's Windows Phone UK director [Image Source: Mobile News UK]
Windows Phone currently sits in third place in the global smartphone market. In January 2014, one survey --
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
-- indicated Microsoft had risen to an 11.5 percent stake of new smartphone sales, however its inevitably rocky integration of Nokia Devices has depressed that stake slightly to 9.5 percent.
Ms. Martine acknowledged to the UK publication that Windows Phone 8.1 rolled out a bit slow, but she vowed that Microsoft would spend heavily to push the platform higher, now that Windows Phone 8.1 devices are at last shipping to customers. She states:
The industry is hyper-competitive, the growth is slowing down and that is putting a lot of pressure on manufacturers. The fact that we were the fastest growing OS last year gives us a really good platform to build on our momentum.
In the next year, Ms. Martine says Microsoft is also targeting twenty percent global share in the market -- a number which would likely propel it past Apple.
Mobile News UK
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RE: OK so MS wants to climb to the #2 spot...
6/25/2014 1:27:28 PM
My point above is that MS has to do something.
Why bother? seriously why does Microsoft have to have a phone OS? what advantage does it bring to the Microsoft business? Windows phones could take a 100 % of the phone market and if Microsoft is not charging a license fee then it would make exactly nothing from achieving that. It could buy market share by selling hardware at cost but it would make exactly nothing from doing that. Where is the money in this game?
Microsoft is a software company, it needs to develop a profitable footprint in the massive mobile device software market. That will be difficult, and the margins will be much, much lower than it's old desktop PC software business, but it's doable especially if they develop platform agnostic productivity solutions for enterprise mobile. It's in enterprise integration that Microsoft has some remaining high value assets from it's legacy business capable of leveraging mobile market penetration. But I cannot see why they need an OS, especially one that is never going to be the majority platform, in order to be the world' leading purveyor of mobile enterprise software.
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