Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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Windows Phone finally gaining momentum
I've been using Windows Phone since the beginning and while I may currently be frustrated with Microsoft I do think that Nokia and Microsoft offer a compelling low cost solution and there is no need to jump into the highly competitive and over saturated Android market.
Windows Phone is gaining market share in select areas around the globe. At MWC 2014 Microsoft talked about their steady growth and pointed to the IDC report recognizing Windows Phone as the fastest growing OS with a 91 percent year-over-year growth. It has taken people time to try Windows Phone, but with a few nice Nokia devices available for less than $100 with no contract I would like to see Nokia and Microsoft give it a go without Android for another six months.
With Windows Phone finally gaining some real momentum, Nokia soon becoming a part of Microsoft, and both offering compelling services on devices at low entry prices I think it is madness for Nokia to now be spending resources on Android. Nokia tried supporting several operating systems in the past and they soon won't even be Nokia so we know how well that worked out.
The future of Microsoft's smartphones
I have little hope for Windows 8.x on tablets or PCs. I think Windows 7 will continue to be Microsoft's best-selling operating system for years to come And, I am dead certain that Android, and not Windows Phone, represents Microsoft's real mobile operating system future.
Why? Because Windows Phone is going nowhere fast while Androids owns the smartphone market. At best, Windows Phone will be the distant number three in the smartphone operating system. Is that where Microsoft really wants to be?
Or, wouldn't Microsoft be happier continuing its move into being a services and hardware company? I mean, if Microsoft can get the billion plus Android users to use Outlook, Office 365, and OneDrive instead of Gmail, Google Apps, and Google Drive isn't that a net win for Microsoft? It sure sounds like one to me.
Who would Microsoft rather be? The software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider for hundreds of millions or the operating system provider for millions? I know which one my stockholders would appreciate more.