bigpics wrote: »
Do those who want to "keep all MS crapware" off their Apple gear know about the built-in Exchange hooks on Apple devices? And Apple recently adopting a fairly deep MS hook called, I believe, SMB in their OS? And why Apple chose Bing as Siri's default search engine? Or about the contribution that sales of MS apps on Apple devices makes to MS' bottom line? The seamlessness of how Bonjour works to allow Win and OS X devices to work together?
The very idea of any telecom deciding what the buyer will choose doesn't smack of smart or possible today. Not everyone is a tech guy so one talks to friends, relatives, tries out models, makes final decisions by what s/he can afford; especially in these days of tight money. A phone should easily last three years. Used just for talking and text, there is the feature phone for the cash strapped and of other interests. For those who use more of the services provide by a smart phone, the choice then becomes obvious: from the land of edible and healthy, rather than the copied or desperate, those who think will choose.
In other words, Microsoft's willingness to pay for promotion.
Apple was, however, famously willing to let carriers... especially AT&T... "suggest" that certain apps be restricted to WiFi, in order to keep their 3G network from being overwhelmed.
Perhaps Microsoft should've kept Windows Mobile / CE going as well. It was used a lot in some countries, and in many places stayed above Windows Phone in popularity long after WinMo itself was dropped.
It's pathetic to read about a company weeping on behalf of poor M$ facing a "duopoly"! I wonder if it feels the same way on the Windows monopoly?
I will say if the iPhone didn't exist, the Lumia 920 is the phone I'd want. It's a gorgeous piece of kit. Feels great in the hand and Windows Phone 8 is a leap and bound above Android.
That said, the iPhone does indeed exist. So I'll never have a reason for it.