Originally Posted by Zu Nim
Scoff if you like, but Microsoft and Nokia have an interesting lineup and their market penetration is growing glacially. And it may become a glacier suffering from global warming.
Thanks for the permission, I will now go ahead and scoff.
Multiple studies have shown that more people move to iPhones after other "cheap" (meaning android and windows) smart phones, but very few move from iPhones to other smart phones. In other words real world users are still moving to iPhones, whatever your claim and the other smartphone growth, almost all of which is by a single company, is growth from people who come from feature phones...
And will likely upgrade to Apple in time.
Now you can argue that nobody wants a finger print sensor, or new camera or whatever you want to complain about in the announcement. But clearly they DO want the entire package. And thus why Apple has money in the bank, and Microsoft is slowly going the way of the dinosaur.
Since about the only money MS makes is in office and preinstalled windows, and every iPhone/iPad is a potential lost sale to a company that is increasingly finding people can and in fact often prefer to do "computer" tasks on a tablet or phone, that revenue stream is seeming a bit drier everyday. And a few of those lost sales are also increasing Mac sales. Add a fingerprint security system to make iPhones that much more acceptable as company phones, and then add free office software (did you miss that in the announcement?) and MS is losing twice.
When new iPads are announced next month, with the same A7 cpu, or even more cores, MS will become increasingly desperate to catch the mobile boat that people who aren't blind can see they already missed.
Maybe they can produce another stillborn tablet or buy another failed company. That will get them there...
Yeah, scoffing is not the half of it. The MS team still has the trophy from the championship from years ago, but they forgot to even field a team for the first half of this season. Getting back to the playoffs is just no longer possible...