Why I don't recommend Windows Phone smartphones

Why I don't recommend Windows Phone smartphones

Summary: As far as I can see, the future of Windows Phone is that it will eventually be replaced by Android. In fact – and I don't make bold predictions lightly – I can't see a future where Microsoft doesn't pull the plug on Windows Phone in the next few years and switch to Android.

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The other day someone asked me why I don't make recommendations for Windows Phone handsets in the same way that I cover Android and iOS devices.

Good question. And also a very valid one.

Let me start out by saying that I actually like the Windows Phone platform, and for that matter many of the Windows Phone handsets available. Sure, I think the tile paradigm that infiltrates the operating system gets a little tiresome at times, but I can point to parts of iOS and Android that make me feel the same way.

I also think that having Windows Phone in the mobile space offers the other players some much-needed competition, which isn't a bad thing. The presence of Microsoft in the mobile space – no matter how slight – helps to keep everyone on their collective toes. Also, Windows Phone is currently the only viable third mobile ecosystem since the disintegration of BlackBerry. If you want something other than Android or iOS, then Windows Phone is pretty much all that's on offer.

I'm also someone who had a long and happy history of Nokia handset ownership. I owned a range of Nokia handsets, including the Nokia 9000i, a Nokia 9110i, a Nokia 7110, and a Nokia E72 (which, coincidentally, was the last handset I owned before switching to the iPhone). All were solid handsets – well, OK, maybe not the 7110; I still remember that time the slider flew off the handset while I was answering a call and totally blew away any Neo cool it gave me – and did their job admirably well.

So, given that I like the Windows Phone platform, and am partial to Nokia hardware, then I should be the perfect candidate for a Windows Phone handset.

And yet I don't use one, and I find it almost impossible to recommend that others take the Windows Phone route.

The problem is market share, or Windows Phone's lack of it, and the risk that poses to the future of the platform.

Windows Phone was announced more than four years ago, and made its initial debut in the US in November 2010. And over that time the platform has grown from nothing to grab around 4 percent market share, which compared to the two big players may as well be nothing.

The failure of Windows Phone certainly isn't down to a lack of cash. Microsoft has put a lot of dollars and effort into the platform, even going as far as to buy Finnish handset firm Nokia in order to gain traction in the smartphone space. But despite this huge level of investment ,Windows Phone's usage share has only managed to grow from about one percent to around two percent over the past 12 months.

You could say that over that time the market share has doubled, but you could also say that it's nothing more than a random fluctuation.

Note: No doubt someone will point out how these numbers are not wholly representative, and pull out different numbers, probably showing things in a different light. That may well be the case, but I've yet to see any numbers that suggest that Windows Phone isn't trailing a far third or worse, or that it is gaining significant ground on iOS or Android.

It's pointless debating why Windows Phone hasn't been the hit Microsoft expected it to be. There's been enough finger-pointing at the confusion over the branding, the lack of developer support, Microsoft's lateness to the market with a platform, and the overall lack of visibility of Windows Phone-powered handsets.

What matters is what the future holds for the platform.

The other day, Robert Scoble, who spent three years as Microsoft’s technology evangelist for Windows and who now works at Rackspace as its Startup Liason Officer told GeekWire that "the real answer" for Microsoft is to "give up Windows Phone, go Android."

As far as I can see, the future of Windows Phone is that it will eventually be replaced by Android. In fact – and I don't make bold predictions lightly – I can't see a future where Microsoft doesn't pull the plug on Windows Phone in the next few years and switch to Android. At a time when millions of iOS and Android handsets are being sold every week, Microsoft would need to start shifting tens of millions of handsets every quarter to even twitch the usage share needle.

Without significant market share, Windows Phone is going to suffer as developers focus on more profitable platforms, which is further going to stifle growth. On top of that, I can't see Microsoft choosing to indefinitely support a platform that is languishing in single-digit usage territory.

Given that I feel that Windows Phone could join the Kin and the Zune in Silicon Heaven at any time, it's hard – impossible even – to come up with persuasive reasons to recommend Windows Phone over iOS or Android. That's not me being an iOS or Android fanboy, that's me not being a Windows Phone fanboy and recommending it when I know that it's not the best option.

Unless you have an absolute specific case for using Windows Phone, the iOS or Android is where the apps and the longevity seems to be.

Might Windows Phone gain traction? Sure, anything could happen, but right now that doesn't seem likely, and in the interim I'd be asking people to make a gamble, while at the same time getting less in the way of apps and third-party accessory support.

Since that's not a gamble I'm willing to make with my money, I can't really with clear conscience encourage others to take the leap of faith that Microsoft has what it takes to make the platform successful.

If you're already using Windows Phone and you feel it works for you, then that's great. I'm an advocate of people using what works for them, and I understand that what works for me might not work for others. But I have to be honest and say Windows Phone as it stands right now isn't for me. I don't own a smartphone so I can play with it or use it as a testbed – or as some sort of idol to my fanboyism – I own a smartphone to get work done. And that for me means having the apps to do that, and the confidence that I'm not going to have to switch platforms at some point in the near future.

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Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Windows Phone

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  • No thanks.

    Based on your reputation smart readers on ZDNET won't care about your recommendation.
    Owl:Net
    • Oh Owl!

      ... Reputation?
      This from a guy with a 100% record as an idiot troll?

      With friends like you, Microsoft doesn't need enemies.
      Heenan73
      • Occasionally right

        AKH, known as an extremely biased blogger, predicts that Microsoft just spent a couple billion USD to buy Nokia, and put a lot of development effort into unified apps, only to throw it all away in a few years time. Which would also open the door for Android to take over the PC and therefore imply that MS is willing to let go of Windows in the consumer space in it's entirety.

        Owlnet didn't get it fully right. Readers don't even have to be smart to see that this recommendation can be ignored.
        Sacr
        • There's no logic to this post at all.

          I'm not a Windows Phone fan, but the article is just Swiss Cheese in it's logic.
          Latest stats show that Android is 85% global market share, so if market share is the only criteria, then everyone else should just pack-up and go (including Apple).

          But we know that's not the only criteria.

          MS will probably keep bankrolling WP for as long as it takes (Bing gives is some indication there). Universal apps will reduce development costs, and make the entire MS ecosystem more attractive to devs.

          WP phone is doing well in a number of non-US markets (AKH being on of those who doesn't realize there is a world outside of the US coast).
          It runs well on cheaper hardware, so can be perfect to put in the hands of the "next" billion or whatever.

          Getting the "NEXT" whatever to "convert" to WP is easy, no conversion required, it will probably be their first smartphone. People don't like change, being first to someone's hands is important (why Google is promoting Android One)

          Now, this is all too much for me, where's my Galaxy Note gone????
          Boothy_p
          • Dose of a couple of realities

            I personally feel that there is a certain number of Android products that have been double reported. How? When Samsung, Acer, ASUS, LG, and other large OEM mfg, they report what they sold and some of those products were private labeled to another company that reported what THEY sold, so there is some degree of double reporting with SOME Android products (tablets and smartphones).

            secondly, even though Apple was behind the 8 ball with large screen smartphones, they are about to release at least one or two larger screen sizes, which will capture quite a bit of switchers from Android back to Apple. I've talked to quite a bit of Android users that can't wait to buy the iPhone 6. Apple is kicking up production levels to meet a MUCH larger production levels and they are now deploying robots to help in practically doubling, maybe down the road tripling production levels.

            Apple is way ahead of Android when it comes to spitting out 64 Bit hardware and it is my contention that Apple will easily get the majority of their user base to be completely 64 bit within about 3 years. Due to the fragmentation, the low cost Android products won't move to 64 Bit for quite some time, going with Android is going to get worse when it comes to their transition to 64 bit.

            My guess is that Apple will OWN the $450+ market for the higher end 64 Bit market that actually is profitable and the Android market will be riddled with mostly cheap, low/no profit hardware and that a lot of these companies will eventually go out of business or sell off to someone else. Acer has as one foot in the grave with the second foot right behind. I doubt Acer will be around too much longer. HTC isn't doing well either, Samsung isn't putting good profits up either. the Android market is going downhill just like the PC mfg have gone. Selling lots of low/no profit products that aren't bleeding edge.

            PCs have become boring. at least apple gets their users to update their OS every year whereas Microsoft is in deep do do with windows. People just aren't buying into Windows 8, and Windows 9 is still not being shown yet.

            Microsoft will probably dump Windows phones just like they did with Zune and Surfact RT (that didn't last long). face it, Micosoft sucks when it comes to hardware.
            RichDavis1
          • So Apple will rule everything?

            Well, thanks for the injection of Apple love.

            Got nothing to do with anything, so cheerio!
            Boothy_p
          • Agreed

            Everybody has their biases here. AKH is normally bias against Micrsoft as is SJVN. Then you have people like Heenan73 and others who are also simply anti-Microsoft. I like to think of myslef as in the middle and I'd also like to see all three giants (Google, Apple & Microsoft) succeed in many respects as this is good for everyone and good for competition. WP will continue to be niche, it will make some inroads and Micrsoft will continue the product, but until as will they continue Surface. Their big problem is that they are pricing their products at a premium (Apple pricing) and for a company attempting to compete and build marketshare, I don't think this is a very smart direction to take. As for Apple, they suffer from the same problem; overpriced products. Android is popular because its cheap. It really has no other advantages other then it is cheap and in fact has some disadvantages compared to the other two, but until either Apple or Microsoft offer their current high quality products at Android cheap pricing, Android will continue to dominate the market. Make no mistake Android also has a lot going for it, but probably would not be as dominate as it is today without being the "cheap option" for those looking for a affordbale mobility solution.
            BruinB88
          • That is what Microsoft is doing though

            Making Windows free for all phones and devices (tablets/laptops) that have screens under 10? inches should achieve what you are suggesting.

            That makes Windows cheaper to make on the same hardware than Android, be it a phone, tablet or laptop. Likewise Windows runs better on that same hardware than Android and it have real cross compatibility between the same hardware where Android and iOS are different operating systems than most non-tablet/phones run.

            Seeing $100 windows tablets and phones that are already releasing will compete well at the low end. Seeing quality windows phones and tablets at the mid and high range that are less expensive will help compete at those ranges too.

            I suspect once the dust settles that all three companies are going to be scrambling to compete on every platform (phone, tablet and lap/desktop). Ideally that is what we should all want, because just look at what competition has produced that last few years. Lower prices, better services, increased innovation, etc.


            Even the diehard fanboy who would never stray outside their chosen platform has seen massive benefit from the competition we are seeing.
            Emacho
          • Pricing

            Many people don't seem to understand that it costs money to make QUALITY products, using QUALITY components. Nobody that was in the market for a BMW would realistically think they could get one for the price of a Chevy Cobalt, or that they are of exactly the same quality. Not an Apple fan, but both Apple and Microsoft are know for quality, not cheap hardware. Android is NOT. For either Apple or MSF to make cheap products and stay in business, they'd have to start using cheap components. Dell and HP "used" to be regarded as making good computers. Both started using cheap components to make them cheaper. Ask them how that worked out.
            abt187@...
          • If Microsoft's calculation is right...

            If Microsoft's calculation is right--that most consumers buy Android phones because of the hardware and price (instead of the OS)--then Windows Phone still has a chance... but they need to keep developers onboard. If developers just give up on Windows Phone, then it's finished... which is Microsoft is racing to unify its OSes and the "write once" strategy. We'll know soon enough whether they're right.
            cybersaurusrex
          • Not pricing their smartphones at a premium

            Microsoft is not pricing their smartphones at a premium. If anything, they are a bargain. The new Lumia 635 is very competitive with similarly priced Android models in all categories.
            PhilBiker
          • Sorry, but... Apple has peaked...

            Apple has lost the mobile arms race for the same reasons they lost the PC race--there's only so many people who can (or are willing) to pay a premium for a device that they can find much cheaper with the same (or better) specs. The consumer started waking up to this fact about a year ago... and you can see Apple's market share fading fast. Sales and profit margins are still good for now... but how long will that last before they're on the brink of bankruptcy again? What do they have to fall back on?

            That's not to say that Windows Phone will dethrone Android... or even pass iOS. That still remains to be seen. But at least Microsoft (finally) understands the market and is competing the way it should've in the beginning--with Android, not Apple.
            cybersaurusrex
          • @ RichDavis1

            Your post is myopic and clueless.

            There are only 6 companies that understand the Enterprise and execute well like a tired tadpole year after year - DELL, MSFT, HP, EMC, CISCO and IBM. IBM is the last since its Q-o-Q and Y-o-Y revenues and real growth based profits are massively declining. Not so with DELL or HP or CISCO or EMC. These 4 companies smuggle their way into new markets and are strong partners of MSFT.

            There is not a chance that APPLE will succeed now or in the future in the Enterprise or even the SMB space as a platform. APPLE does not understand Enterprise and BYOD devices do not count since Android also has huge presence in the BYOD market (upto 40% of all devices).

            Why do you think APPLE wants a special relationship with IBM? It is the ramp up of features on Windows Phone. It used to take MSFT 3 iterations to get a product right. This time it has taken them 4 - WinMo, WP 7, WP 8 and WP 9. WP 8.1 and WP 9 will change the conversation for Windows Phone devices in the Mobile Device Management software market, the AM market and even private Enterprise Appstores. APPLE will never be able to introduce the same feature set as MSFT due to multiple reasons - lack of understanding of Enterprise functionality and feature set, lack of long term commitment to contracts and support etc.

            The device market shares are misleading. Actual Enterprise and SMB and even ProSumer devices will not number more than 10% of all phones/tablets while PCs/Ultramobiles will not number more than 40% of all PC devices. But in each case, MSFT has managed to get to 80-90% marketshare in the Platform area on the Client side.

            The fact that MSFT has increased its yearly revenue to 80+ billion indicates that the MSFT ecosystem is now worth atleast $700 billion or even more. The APPLE ecosystem is not that big. The whole of carrier support ecosystem included with APPLE's revenues and part supplier revenues will not amount to more than $300 billion. And it has stagnated in revenue terms. While the MSFT ecosystem is still growing. Even the Android ecosystem revenue share has stagnated. Why do you think Samsung reports declining profits? It does not mean the market for Android devices will die. But it definitely means that the devices do not bring the same profit. Why do you think Apple's iPhone numbers will keep increasing forever? They will not.

            The fundamental difference between the MSFT and GOOG/APPLE ecosystems is the fact that the MSFT ecosystem grows without reliance on the Carriers while the GOOG/APPLE ecosystems grow by relying on the Carriers for revenue share and profit share (though GOOG itself is actually different - it does not need Carriers either).

            And since APPLE relies so heavily on the Carriers, when Carriers do bad, APPLE will do bad. Check for the correlation. Carriers do not grow subscriber numbers anymore in America or Europe. The growth on the consumer side is in the replacement market and the prepaid market.
            calahan
          • Too many errors, calahan

            "There are only 6 companies that understand the Enterprise and execute well like a tired tadpole year after year..."
            And like tired tadpoles, they're going nowhere fast. Not one of the companies you mentioned has made any significant improvements in technology or even style in over a decade. They've gone stagnant--each relying on another to lead them out of the swamp while none wants to take the lead. Well, except for Microsoft. Strangely though, for all the efforts Microsoft has made to push the technological envelope, the OEMs just sit back and say, "we'll wait until people ask for it before we make it". When do people start asking for "it"? When Apple makes it work right the first time. Oh sure, it may not be perfect, but it's a damned sight better than anything these 'tadpoles' have done and now they have to swim their tails off just to catch up again.

            "There is not a chance that APPLE will succeed now or in the future in the Enterprise or even the SMB space as a platform. APPLE does not understand Enterprise..."
            Oh? Isn't Apple itself an enterprise? Are you trying to tell us they don't even know what they, themselves need? Then how--really, how--did they grow to be the #1 technology company in the world? Your argument is simply illogical. Meanwhile, more and more enterprises--especially retail enterprises--are adopting Apple's technologies to improve their marketing--their IN-STORE marketing. Others are finding new uses for Apple's iOS devices all the time--in tasks once reserved for purpose-built Windows CE operated devices. With hand-held docking attachments, the iPhone alone is revolutionizing retail sales where the customer no longer NEEDS to go to a checkout stand to make their purchase and can even have a copy of their receipt on their smartphone before they walk out the door. Sure, it can cause confusion, but in no case that I'm aware has one of these purchases been successfully challenged by security as shoplifting. Meanwhile, many other major enterprises have adopted iOS devices for mission-critical purposes around the world--in tasks no other electronic device has ever attempted previously. Sure, Windows, Android and even regular linux are out there as well, but the point is that Apple is right out there with them, one way or another.

            And by no means does Apple rely on Carriers--more accurately, those carriers rely on Apple as they are guaranteed a massive influx of new and re-newing buyers with every single iPhone released. And iOS users actually use their data over cellular as well as wi-fi as compared to Android statistics. Apple as a company has yet to be adversely affected by any Carrier outage.
            Vulpinemac
          • too many errors vulpinemace...

            Apple is the #2 company in the world. Google supplanted them about three months ago. And, BTW many companies are writing their own in house apps for android. Yeah, maybe some other companies are for apple but that's a minimum $300 app per certificate if they want to install it without the app store. Yeah, with. I think I am going to throw this in there just because I don't think many people why apple is in the enterprise like they want. They keep pricing themselves out just like they have with iOS. One needs not look further than China and India to see why. And there's the ISS. Yeah, that ISS. I wonder what OS the conglomerate of natiosup there chose to replace xp? And why? And how stuff like that trickles down to android. People complain about fragmentation but really it's been one of android's biggest strengths. Kind of like how windows is able to support a lot of hardware so too can android. That is a strong point with apple but sometimes the same products, same overpriced products with the same milked cow strategy gets old.
            focusandconcentrate@...
          • A little lacking in reality--and this coming from a life-long Apple user

            I'll take these paragraphs in order:
            1) In general you're correct here, but maybe semantics is getting in your way. Most Android OEMs post numbers of devices "shipped", not sold; these devices could head in several directions. Most certainly, a fair portion are "shipped" to service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and others. Now granted, "shipped" comes out a little more accurate than "activated", by which Android proponents used to measure progress, but as you can see we have potential duplication in numbers shipped to these providers and then claimed sold by these providers. This then opens up the second path--replacements of devices sold either by the OEM or the service provider which could run between 5-10% of total numbers "shipped". Thirdly, Android users rarely keep their phones through the full 2-year contract any more--some replacing their phones 2x to 3x per year, though I expect the average comes out closer to once per year rather than one every two years. This plays great for "market share" but seriously deceives for "installed base". What references are available on actual usage status gives iOS an approximate 75% user base through internet web hits.

            2) Most of this paragraph is based on rumor that has little verifiable evidence to support it. Yes, I do agree that it's possible Apple will release an iPhone with a larger screen, but I doubt it will be more than one model (with two or three choices of memory capacity). As for increasing production capacity; I won't necessarily argue, though I think the 3x increase is optimistic at best. On the other hand, they may be simply planning on moving production away from China as costs are rising there and automation rather than hand labor becomes more cost efficient. Add to this the possibility that production is slated to begin right here in the US may reduce shipping costs to American customers to the point that profits remain stable or even increase.

            3) 64-bit vs 32-bit is a relatively static issue; both platforms are looking to 64-bit processors as well as multiple cores but they're going about it in different ways that for now are keeping the two platforms roughly equivalent in functional speed. This will really depend more on how well the OS itself is written and who adds more bloat to their systems. It seems Apple is actually replacing old code rather than just commenting it out and leaving it lie since iOS consistently proves itself faster, task for task, than the equivalent Android device supposedly running 'superior' hardware.

            4) Getting to the meat of your paragraph, you're quite right; Apple's hardware tends to be superior to the average Android device by far in actual quality--and this includes many of Samsung's models. What's more interesting is that even though Samsung is the single largest manufacturer and seller of Android devices, Samsung's "shipped" numbers rarely passes Apple's "sold" numbers and Samsung sells more Android devices than the next 4 brands combined.

            5) PCs? I won't call them boring exactly, but in some ways they're becoming increasingly difficult to work on. When Windows 8 acts up, it acts up big time--often making the machine unusable until it can be forced into recovery mode. I'm currently working on a laptop with exactly this issue. Meanwhile, there are so many "Potentially Unwanted Programs" out to hijack the Windows PC that it's nigh-on to impossible for the non-tech to keep them secure. I'm currently working on a different laptop with over 1,000 infections of a single well-known browser hijacker and they each have additional malware designed to block any effort to remove them. The easy fix is to wipe and rebuild, but the user has files they can't lose on the machine, so the easy fix is out.

            Will Microsoft dump the Windows Phone? No, I don't think so. While they did set the precedent with several prior devices, they can't really afford to abandon the mobile market in the same way. Back at the turn of the century, they were the leader in hand-mobile computing devices (as compared to PDAs) and they made their reputation on the fact that those mobile devices used WINDOWS--even if it was the CE or Mobile version and as such seriously cut down. What's happened is that with the advent of the Apple iPhone in particular, followed so closely by Android, all of a sudden purpose-built devices are grossly obsolete--even though many are still in use. Android simply isn't secure enough to serve many of those tasks and Microsoft simply doesn't want to cede that market to Apple--especially since even the Apple Stores used to use Windows CE POS devices and are now using iPhones for the exact same tasks. In other words, if Apple could do it, Microsoft can do it or they'll die trying. Surface RT? Well, maybe not; but Windows RT still exists even on newer Surface devices.
            Vulpinemac
          • Don't underestimated microsoft

            Here's Why :

            Microsoft is frequently criticized for being late in adapting to the smartphone/mobility trend. In some areas, Microsoft is suffering from success. The large installed base using both Windows and Office resist change, simply because change requires a new learning curve. But Microsoft is currently resisting the temptation to be held back by this inertia, and is positioned to do better than most expect, even rising to parity with Apple and Google in mobile devices and search.

            Apple has shown the way in smartphones, of course, but in a way that has limitations. They have a separate smartphone and PC OS, and their focus with iOS has been on using Web information and services, not productivity applications. Google’s Android, like iOS, is limited to mobile devices, and Google’s support of PCs is largely through the Web browser with Web search. The limitation of this dual approach is that, ultimately, users will want as much of the functionality they enjoy on their PC always available on their mobile device, without a significant learning curve.

            This desire will be further driven by companies increasingly supporting internal business applications through mobile devices, the “consumerization of IT.” Both Google and Apple have minimal experience supporting enterprise IT compared to Microsoft.

            Today, Microsoft is leading the way toward the convergence of PC and mobile functions with an OS that is essentially the same on PCs and mobile devices. Microsoft.s being late to mobile has indirectly been an advantage, in that they are entering the fray at a point where the computing capabilities of the mobile devices have reached the point where they can support more complex operating systems, an option not possible when iOS and Android were launched. Microsoft also supports its market-leading productivity applications on mobile devices by strategies such as accessory keyboards tightly integrated with their tablets and the cloud-based Office 365.

            Microsoft also has an entry in the search space through Bing, and Apple’s Siri defaults to Bing rather than Google when it can’t answer an inquiry directly. Microsoft is also expected to launch its own personal assistant application this year, supported by Bing. And the active tiles in Windows 8, with proactive notifications, are a less-intrusive competitor to Google Now.

            Microsoft is coming from behind in mobility, but it is notable that they have an entry in all the key areas. Microsoft has invested for decades in technologies such as speech recognition and natural language understanding, and has the core technology to move ahead strongly in areas becoming increasingly important such as voice interaction in automobiles and with mobile devices. The company even has an early and strong entry in Smart TVs through its Xbox franchise, which it is turning into a full entertainment interface supporting both gesture and voice control.

            Intelligent interfaces such as personal assistants could unify much of this diversity of devices, applications, and Web services. Microsoft not only has core capabilities in intelligent interfaces, but upper management has publicly endorsed such interfaces as strategic priorities under the heading of “machine learning.”

            Microsoft may be coming from behind in some areas, but they have the horsepower and resources to catch up. Their unified approach to PCs and mobile devices and top-level endorsement of machine learning might even be categorized as showing leadership. If Microsoft’s long-term vision is the right one, we might be asking in a few years why Apple and Google didn’t see it.
            Anonymous1511
          • The article has two base logic problems.

            And they are indeed very very huge problems.

            Firstly, AKH is a tech writer at a huge IT website and his article pretty much starts right into him proving to the world that for some truly bizarre reason he has some worries about Microsoft staying in the mobile market with Windows phone.

            This really is bizarre because I find myself having to believe several things about AKH.

            Firstly he MUST know what kind of business Microsoft is in. They make operating systems for modern computers, particularly for businesses and consumers.

            Secondly, he must know mobile is the direction computing is taking, and will likely be a huge part of the market from here on in, perhaps dominating in one way or the other in the future.

            How in the lord does he ever ever ever think for one second Microsoft would just throw away the future. If there was any reasonable slight possibility of this it would be earth shattering news of the highest degree in the world of IT.

            Just ludicrous that an IT pro would ever ever speculate such a wild thing at this point. If Microsoft was going down the drain like BB, then and only ever then maybe. But we all know full well that MS has enough income streams to finance this mobile endeavor until hell freezes over.

            Simply preposterous speculation, and as an IT writer he should be ashamed he didn't understand even that much about the most simple business basics of one of the largest and most famous players in his own industry.

            Further, he proposes a ridiculous logic. Don't buy WP because it may fail. Of course if nobody buys WP of course it would fail. Yet he says its actually a great phone and having it compete in the market is sorely needed.

            His thinking is far too schizophrenic. And for his purposes as an IT writer who probably upgrades hardware more than average, it would be little skin off his back to swap out of WP if he learned its lifespan was on borrowed time as a fact. Yes, if as a FACT, as opposed to his high speculation.

            What a ridiculous article.

            I am learning the reason why I, life so.e writers are,considered to be great, and some are simply ridiculed.

            I don't always disagree with AKH, but this time his article,was a,twisted burning wreck.

            Sorry AKH, but just awful writing. Think in the future about the real life dynamics of what your writing about and come to a better understanding about what MS is all about before you ever write about the. Again. Please.

            Just embarrassing to read such stuff.
            Cayble
      • Oh Heenan73

        Reputation?

        This from a guy with a 100% record as an idiot troll?

        With friends like you, Google doesn't need enemies.
        William.Farrel
        • O'Farrell

          Not an original thought in your head.

          And you defend Owlnet? Sheesh.
          Heenan73