Apple's success forces Microsoft to 'shake up' phone, media teams

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  • Reply 21 of 79
    zindakozindako Posts: 468member
    Apple has raised the bar so high, that Microsoft can no longer push the copy button and hope for success. You have to seriously engineer incredible hardware and tightly integrate it with spectacular software in order to even think about competing with Apple. And even then you'll need a vast software ecosystem to be competitive. Microsoft is seeing fallout from its very old business model of monkey see, monkey do. That no longer holds true in the mobile space, and software giant cesspool that is Microsoft is dying a slow painful death at the hands of Apple. Its about time actually.
  • Reply 22 of 79
    steviestevie Posts: 956member
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    Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post


    I'd hate to see Microsoft monopolize another technology. They managed to seriously damage browser competition and progress with IE for many years. Till today, the browser market is unable to adhere to the many standards thanx to IE.





    They also dominate the OS market, and via that, the application market. I'd like to see a return to the days when different platforms were all competing with each other. Microsoft has retarded the development of desktop computers for too long.



    Nowadays, the choice is to use the normal, OK Microsoft world of infinite choices, or the Apple world of constrained choices with (maybe) a better platform, or Linux, which is better but burdened with more work and less choice of applications.



    I like the fact that the mobile world is shaping up to have several good choices. I wonder if it will settle down like the desktop, with one dominant platform and a couple of tiny competitors.
  • Reply 23 of 79
    ozexigeozexige Posts: 215member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    True but can you imagine what Balmer could do to Google in the next 12 months?



    No, to tell you the truth I can't possibly imagine the 12 month result on GOOG after Baldmar stamped them with the same business acumen he's given MS. Unimaginable!



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post


    It's brown....like Poo!!!!



    Sorry I just couldn't resist trotting out that moldy oldy.



    I get it now, it's where the MS idea for the original brown color came from, right? An exiting prune. LOL
  • Reply 24 of 79
    steviestevie Posts: 956member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zindako View Post


    You have to seriously engineer incredible hardware and tightly integrate it with spectacular software in order to even think about competing with Apple. And even then you'll need a vast software ecosystem to be competitive. ....That no longer holds true in the mobile space, and software giant cesspool that is Microsoft is dying a slow painful death at the hands of Apple. Its about time actually.





    Microsoft is not dying any kind of death. Not slow and painful. Indeed, it is growing.



    And the company that is best competing with Apple in the mobile space does NOT engineer hardware. Microsoft beat the pants off of Apple on the desktop, and they don't make computers. Android is starting to outsell the iPhone OS, and Google doesn't make phones.



    In terms of ecosystem, Android has all the major apps, and many, many exclusive apps. Cases and accessories - The iPhone has everybody beat, but the Nexus One has better docks.



    I don't think that anybody can predict which strategy will be best this time around, or whether any particular strategy is clearly a winner or a loser.
  • Reply 25 of 79
    applestudapplestud Posts: 367member
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    Originally Posted by Stevie View Post


    I like the fact that the mobile world is shaping up to have several good choices. I wonder if it will settle down like the desktop, with one dominant platform and a couple of tiny competitors.



    I see the iPhone dominating the mobile space. It won't be as ubiquitous as the iPod for example, but it'll be close. Once the iPhone hits Verizon, say goodnight to WinMo, WebOS, and Nokia (at least in USA). RIM will coast via their established momentum (like Windows desktop OS does) but will not grow. Android and iPhoneOS will be the two games in town, period.
  • Reply 26 of 79
    applestudapplestud Posts: 367member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stevie View Post


    Microsoft is not dying any kind of death. Not slow and painful. Indeed, it is growing.



    And the company that is best competing with Apple in the mobile space does NOT engineer hardware. Microsoft beat the pants off of Apple on the desktop, and they don't make computers. Android is starting to outsell the iPhone OS, and Google doesn't make phones.



    In terms of ecosystem, Android has all the major apps, and many, many exclusive apps. Cases and accessories - The iPhone has everybody beat, but the Nexus One has better docks.



    I don't think that anybody can predict which strategy will be best this time around, or whether any particular strategy is clearly a winner or a loser.



    are you SteveAyo or whatever over at Engadget? Typical MS evangelist. Microsoft may not be "dying" but they are NOT growing. Everything the make is losing marketshare. Desktop OS, IE browser, Smartphone, MP3 player, etc. They are copycats at EVERYTHING and haven't been first-to-market with anything in the past decade.



    MS beats the pants off Apple on the desktop? Based on sales alone, yes. Windows 7 is finally "nearly" as good as Leopard, and Leopard has been out for a year longer.
  • Reply 27 of 79
    steviestevie Posts: 956member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post


    I see the iPhone dominating the mobile space. It won't be as ubiquitous as the iPod for example, but it'll be close. Once the iPhone hits Verizon, say goodnight to WinMo, WebOS, and Nokia (at least in USA). RIM will coast via their established momentum (like Windows desktop OS does) but will not grow. Android and iPhoneOS will be the two games in town, period.





    Interesting ideas.



    I see the iPhone having a small, but profitable market share - maybe 15 or 20 percent.



    I think that WinPhone7 will immediately sell zillions of copies to enterprise users, and a good amount to non-ATT subscribers. Watch out RIM. They need to come up with new stuff fast to keep their installed base happy.



    I think that Android will continue to grow FAST, and will take a huge market share. Probably the biggest. Probably dominating.



    Nokia is stepping up to the plate - I would expect that they will gain market share here in the US. Even their old OS is outselling everyone else worldwide by a huge margin, and this installed base is prime selling territory.
  • Reply 28 of 79
    ozexigeozexige Posts: 215member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stevie View Post


    Microsoft is not dying any kind of death. .....



    I don't think that anybody can predict which strategy will be best this time around, or whether any particular strategy is clearly a winner or a loser.



    Ohh ohh I can, I can, MS will NOT win with Baldmar's strategy!
  • Reply 29 of 79
    prof. peabodyprof. peabody Posts: 2,860member
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    Originally Posted by JamesMan View Post


    Remember what Steve Balmer said immediately after the unveiling of the iPhone: ?So I kinda look at that, and I say I like our strategy, I like it a lot? \



    Yeah. I know this is said almost every time Microsoft F*cks up, but how is it that Balmer never gets to carry the can on stuff like this?



    Allard is a bit dull and lacking of vision, but he did a pretty good job with the Zune and the other projects he was given. The Zune pretty much got it right on the second iteration but was far too late to the game given the age of the market. That wasn't really his fault, but Balmer's. The Courier was doomed from the start because, well ... it's just a stupid idea. But again, it's Balmer's fault that in the whole company, that was the best tablet they could drag out of their research division to counter the iPad.



    Microsoft hasn't made a good move in five years at least. They've failed at almost every recent project and the company is shrinking and losing market share in all areas for the first time in it's history. When are they going to fire the guy that's actually responsible?
  • Reply 30 of 79
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,311member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by OzExige View Post


    Ohh ohh I can, I can, MS will NOT win with Baldmar's strategy!



    If there's a God in the universe I will be watching for the day when Steve Ballmer holds a developer conference and there's a giant screen behind him with Steve Jobs announcing Apple is "partnering" with Microsoft and will infuse a few million by purchasing non-voting shares.



    Hey, I can dream can't I?
  • Reply 31 of 79
    ozexigeozexige Posts: 215member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stevie View Post


    Interesting ideas. ....



    I think that WinPhone7 will immediately sell zillions of copies to enterprise users, and a good amount to non-ATT subscribers.

    Watch out RIM. They need to come up with new stuff fast to keep their installed base happy.

    .....

    Nokia is stepping up to the plate - I would expect that they will gain market share here in the US. Even their old OS is outselling everyone else worldwide by a huge margin, and this installed base is prime selling territory.



    Zillions of WinMo 7 'smart' phones, I'm sorry, you're kidding yourself, it's too late for MS.



    So RIMM have to come up with something fast to maintain their 'installed user base'

    and yet,

    Nokia can come to the market with their old OS and keep their market share (increase it in the US yet) because of Nokia's 'installed user base'. Not to mention the recent sacking of 90% of the decision makers and starting again.



    I see what you've done there. NOT!
  • Reply 32 of 79
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    The new division is ordering many more photocopiers. ;P



    i think google may have bought all of them
  • Reply 33 of 79
    christopher126christopher126 Posts: 4,325member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ilogic View Post


    I would like to take a guess at the number one factor that caused this:



    The iPad. The latest sales figures is spooking the he77 out of them, and they know that they can't waste another moment trying to figure out how they're going to compete for the long haul. The tossing out of Windows 7 out of the HP Slate, the Courier scrapped no doubt because it lacked a serious component inside Apple's devices. We're not even talking about iPhone 4 and so MS now has to go back to the drawing board. For real this time.



    Not to pile on...I can't help but think how many PC manufacturer's, software writers have been hurt by MicroSoft's inability to get their OS right! Not to mention the waste and effort to manage a crap OS like windows. Maybe Windows 7 is better but what damage has been done over the last few decades!



    Ps. Anecdotal I know, my brother-in-law has gone through a PC laptop and two PC desktops in the last 4 years! All HP's (the latest ones running Vista). All from that bastion of quality, Costco. I on the other hand am still running my original intel MacBook and my original intel 20" iMac! Both on Snow Leopard!



    I suggested he get his 17 year old daughter a MacBook...nope he bought her a piece of crap netbook....my daughter has upgraded version of a 13" MacBookPro! Oh well.
  • Reply 34 of 79
    prof. peabodyprof. peabody Posts: 2,860member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stevie View Post


    ... I think that WinPhone7 will immediately sell zillions of copies to enterprise users, and a good amount to non-ATT subscribers. Watch out RIM. They need to come up with new stuff fast to keep their installed base happy. ...



    You are preaching the sort of "accepted wisdom" here, but I'm not so sure it will be true this time.



    While not being aimed at business per se, the iPhone has already made significant inroads into enterprise. I think it likely that the new iPhone 4 will be hugely more successful in that market than the original was, given it's design and the new OS. If rumours are true of Apple going multi-carrier in the USA, then we can also assume they will take a huge bite out of the subscribers of all the other networks. That kind of momentum (on top of the momentum they already have) will be hard to beat.



    Overall, I think that what we are looking at with iPhone and the iPad is an entirely new platform taking shape. To me, that makes a lot of your analysis wrong-headed to the degree that it's based on past trends. Platforms are usually defined by the early market and iPhone OS dominates the early market. It's the standard that all others are striving towards and will be judged by. IMO iPhone OS won't ever be the entire market like Windows was in the desktop years, but there is no reason it can't dominate. People are just used to Apple having the minority share, there is no good reason why it has to be true anymore, especially in this new market.



    The comparisons being made by analysts today to market share arguments from the desktop years may be quite misleading. At least for the time being, the traditionally Apple-owned "premium" segment of this market is actually the main segment. No one is going to make much money right now pushing "good enough" technology in the mobile market IMO. They are just filling up customers pockets until those customers eventually and inevitably buy their iPhones at some point down the road.
  • Reply 35 of 79
    spicedspiced Posts: 94member
    Another one bite the dust!
  • Reply 36 of 79
    ozexigeozexige Posts: 215member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


    If there's a God in the universe I will be watching for the day when Steve Ballmer holds a developer conference and there's a giant screen behind him with Steve Jobs announcing Apple is "partnering" with Microsoft and will infuse a few million by purchasing non-voting shares.



    Hey, I can dream can't I?



    APPL market cap $218B

    MSFT market cap $224B



    remember when this was unheard of? hehe



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by doyourownthing View Post


    i think google may have bought all of them



    LOL perfect, just sooooooo perfect
  • Reply 37 of 79
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,368member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stevie View Post


    Microsoft is not dying any kind of death. Not slow and painful. Indeed, it is growing.



    And the company that is best competing with Apple in the mobile space does NOT engineer hardware. Microsoft beat the pants off of Apple on the desktop, and they don't make computers. Android is starting to outsell the iPhone OS, and Google doesn't make phones.



    In terms of ecosystem, Android has all the major apps, and many, many exclusive apps. Cases and accessories - The iPhone has everybody beat, but the Nexus One has better docks.



    I don't think that anybody can predict which strategy will be best this time around, or whether any particular strategy is clearly a winner or a loser.



    I suspect there is a whole new generation coming along that simply won't even think of Microsoft when they think computers or phones. It will be a name from the past like PanAm or TWA that they heard their parents mention now and then.
  • Reply 38 of 79
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    You come to some very simple conclusions when the full reality is far more complex.



    MS did not out compete Apple in a fair fight . There were a lot things going on that resulted in the way things ended up. Beginning with the fact that MS got the basis for the graphical user interfeace directly from Apple. There was a reason MS ended up in a huge antitrust case where the Department of Justice was contemplating breaking up the company.



    Yes Android is going to outsell the iPhone. That has nothing to do with Android superiority or anything to do with people choosing Android over the iPhone. It has everything to do with buy one get one free.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stevie View Post


    And the company that is best competing with Apple in the mobile space does NOT engineer hardware. Microsoft beat the pants off of Apple on the desktop, and they don't make computers. Android is starting to outsell the iPhone OS, and Google doesn't make phones.



  • Reply 39 of 79
    dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 12,523member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ascii View Post


    It's sort of like a prune but exiting.



    Did you mean exciting prune, or exiting prune?



    .
  • Reply 40 of 79
    icyfogicyfog Posts: 338member
    "Microsoft's woes in mobile phones are particularly troubling for the company."

    Here's to hoping Microsoft's woes continue in every aspect, not just mobile phones.
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