Originally Posted by AHrubik
Desktop integration and seamless transitions.
They already have a stellar phone manufacturer (Nokia) in their pocket with an established loyal consumer base (Europe).
The first thing is based on an entirely false premise - that the desktop matters. When I say that it doesn't matter, I don't mean it's going away. It's just becoming increasingly niche, and it's definitely not determining tablet sales. The ability to have access to your data, regardless of device or location, is not being managed through desktop integration. Microsoft's dominance on the desktop is getting it NOTHING on the smartphone and tablet side.
Bringing up Nokia is kind of a joke, right? Nokia is a dead company. They are RIM from 2-3 years ago. Dead man walking. They just don't know it. Their handset sales are in free fall, even in Europe. Psion had a great European dominance too. Ever heard of them? No? Exactly.
The fact is that, while Microsoft deserves praise for innovating on the smartphone/tablet OS user interface it isn't getting them any market penetration. It will survive because Microsoft is willing to dump billions into a market which it wants, even when it cannot get it (MSN and Bing are two prominent examples). No one is saying Microsoft is dying. They will grow and be very profitable. They just aren't going to do it in the consumer space, and that's where the growth and revenue exist. And the consumer space is increasingly dictating the enterprise space in the mobile arena.The day is already here when IT departments won't decide which devices employees use.