Originally Posted by Tofino
i hope you're right. i'm guessing however that microsoft will make sure that their implementation of ms office/exchange/etc. support on winmo7 is going to be better than what competitors will have access to. they will find a way to leverage their office/IT lock-in somehow. that's really all that's left now, isn't it?
it'll be interesting to see how they will try to catch their IT users while at the same time appeal to the consumer market. if the kin is any indication, it's going to be hilarious!
i'm just saying - don't count them out yet. maybe somebody is going to get a grip in redmond and actually do it right. not that i'm holding my breath...
I posted to another thread (Balmer to speak at WWDC), that MS and Apple need each other.
MS needs time to get its mobile OS act together, and installed on significant (number and quality) devices to retain the IT market (that, according to what I read, is eroding quickly).
The way things are moving, I suspect that this needs to be done by the end of 2011. MS needs to build the OS, get mfgrs to build devices that support the OS, and then sell those 30 million devices.
If they fail, likely they will exit the mobile phone/tablet market.
... a pretty big risk!
What I suggested, was that there might be a better approach.
MS could support development for the Mobile OS X platform, by enhancing its tools (as others, have posted).
By doing, this:
-- MS can develop apps, and desktop/cloud app tie-ins, for a single platform.
-- IT MS developers can focus on a single platform
-- MS would not lose business to their enemy, google, but rather, to their frenemy Apple.
-- MS would have an immediate app presence on 3 hot devices iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad
-- MS could make $ on these devices, here and now-- not some nebulous future date (that may never arrive)
Sure, it would lose the mobile OS revenue,
But it would have mobile app revenue, the desktop/cloud tie-in revenue, and the developer/tools revenue.
It would learn to develop apps for the best UI/UEX/OS/devices out there.
It would tend to occupy IT developers and prevent them from developing Android apps, thwarting Google.
This would reduce the pressure (30 mill by 2012, or bust).
MS could focus on developing a front-runner OS for circa 2012 mobile devices!
If successful, MS and IT developers have an easy port of their apps to the new MS mobile OS.
But, say, that new MS OS never materializes. MS (and IT) have their apps (and the desktop/cloud tie-ins) running on the best mobile devices out there... and taking money to the bank.
It's kinda' like selling Office for the Mac OS platform-- Why not the same for the Mobile OS X platform.
MS has never, really, made money selling hardware (and likely wouldn't with smart mobile devices). The make their $ on OS and Office.
I doubt MS could make much on its mobile OS, given Android is free, and Mobile OS X, RIM OS, Nokia OS, Palm OS, etc., are free with the device.
Wouldn't half a pie be better than no pie at all?