Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee
AI, you missed the biggest news of mobile for the last few years.
MS has made Windows Phone FREE
for all devices under 9" in size. Huge shot across Google's bow.
Originally Posted by Gatorguy
I think they'll be happy to grab a little share from Apple too by mimicking Google's successful free software distribution efforts. It's a shot across every other mobile manufacturers bow.
You have to wonder about the biz model, though. You know what Google gets out of its "free" OS with all the ad data (and increasingly the Google Play store).
I guess MS is (copying Apple again, but hey, steal from the best) the store model and betting they'll recoup OS dev costs and make a profit from growing the online MS stores... ...as otherwise, where's the revenue??
Originally Posted by addicted44
Microsoft is finally realizing that Android is the REAL threat to their business. Apple isn't.
Apple will continue making premium devices for people who are willing to pay for quality, just like in the desktop world. It will never really threaten MS, and in fact, usually benefits them by giving them ideas for next updates to their OS. Android, OTOH, is trying to be the next Windows.
MS realized this years ago. Its some of the Apple faithful that are finally starting to get a clue they've been fighting the last war for quite awhile. Google is the biggest challenger to both MS and Apple.
(And Amazon and Samsung are challengers to Google, but that's another story.)
Originally Posted by Andysol
Is it weird that I'm rooting for Microsoft to overtake Android?
What has this world come to
MS and Apple have actually had a fairly amicable relationship for years now - compared to either's with Google - and are in position to be co-opetitioners for the next few as well. Also, MS has gradually become a "better corporate citizen" even as Google was mostly forgetting whatever part of "do no evil" it ever embraced.
Tho' international events may eventually lead all three to circle their wagons a little against matters like Asian competition, especially from the companies that have grown up as suppliers to American companies, restrictions on the free flow of info, goods and services (e.g., net censorship and barriers to products), etc.