Originally posted by backtomac
Who offers the phone handsets? Tradition wireless carriers or something else? VoIP? Lots of unanswered questions.
Same carriers that offer MS smartphones even now. Because this "exciting new category buster/iPod killer/changes life as we know it" will be exactly that, an MS smartphone.
Have we learned nothing from the Origami nonsense? MS is largely a marketing enterprise, repackaging the stuff they managed to come up with back when they were a technology company.
They can make all the videos they want about happy, smart, hip people empowered to do cool things everywhere all the time by MS "integration", but they're ain't no such animal. MS doesn't have enough control over hardware to make everything work together, and they apparently have lost control of their software processes as well.
That's leaves them with "initiatives" that define desirable market segments first and try to shoe-horn in the tech after the fact.
Windows and Office dominate because of monopoly forces and the "good enough" factor. Xbox is a stand alone initiative that doesn't have to deal with all the cruft, so they do a pretty good job.
What else do they have? Tablets? Media Centers? On what evidence would we expect MS to make a truly innovative and desirable portable device?