ComScore: Microsoft lost US smartphone market share in December 2012 ( NeoWin 2013-02-07 )
That is a quick spreadsheet I whipped up from the data in their chart
( NeoWin images have a bad habit of disappearing when embedded here ). This represents USA smartphone subscribers for 2012 in Q3 vs Q4. Most notable is that WP8 was for sale for 2/3 of that last quarter during the peak shopping season. The Blackberry of course was not yet available, and still isn't in the USA, so the comparative drops between WP and BB make sense. I would expect 2013 Q1 to be similar and by Q2 BB to start rising versus WP. There really is no way for Windows Phone to ever rise past 3rd place, but most likely the positions of 3rd to 5th or 6th place will be constantly in flux. The math department in Microsoft's front office needs serious work because it just does not add up. Destroying Windows was not called for by any possible reasonable projection for gaining marketshare. Also consider a few previous stories
where it was noted that if you merely consider Nokia
alone, Microsoft is even losing marketshare there within their very own handpicked surrogate ( "4.4 million Lumia
smartphones were sold, along with 9.3 million Asha
full-touch handsets and 2.2 million Symbian
devices" ). Finally, what if Microsoft somehow took over all the slave labor factories in China and manufactured 150 million phones every quarter going forwards? ( remember: "Samsung sold about 62 million
handsets in the quarter, compared with Apple’s 45 million
" ). Well, the market would definitely hit saturation and race to the bottom where Microsoft cannot possibly compete for long without bleeding cash. So once again, who can possibly see a scenario where WP becomes anything other than a bit player, never gaining a position of strength enough to be profitable to justify the absolute reckless destruction of their lifeblood "Windows" brand?
Microsoft warns: "Don't get Scroogled by Gmail" ( NeoWin 2013-02-07 )
Hmmm. That is at least the
5th story of this nature in short order ...
I'm no prude but I see this as very ugly and unprofessional. They hired a DC political hack as hatchet-man ( Microsoft's DC insider could throw the kitchen sink at Google
) charged with doing nothing but attacking Google. Ironically it changes Microsoft into Apple, and Google into Microsoft resulting in a repeat of the past few decades where Apple did this type of nonsense routinely. Furthermore, Microsoft is really asking for it because there are so many things that Google could easily run an ad campaign on, most notably: Microsoft’s Bing uses Google search results—and denies it
. Not to mention Microsoft embedding ads in their Windows 8
non-free paid-for operating system, and the vast amount of telemetry it collects such as how many minutes elapse before you modify Metro
tiles, install from the app store or use the desktop. This is but the tip of the iceberg of items that Google could publicize, and if they chose to could produce fabulous advertising using Microsoft as the Titanic about to crash into it. Tacky, unprofessional and definitely NOT smart.
Rumor: Microsoft looking into a 2014 Office for Linux release ( NeoWin 2013-02-07 )
Yes, another rumor. Completely believable to me, but NOT to the NeoWhiners in the comments. The reason that this is perfectly logical for Microsoft is because it buys them inexpensive cover from FTC and other governmental scrutiny. If they are ever brought to court or Congress, they conveniently pull out these stories about developing for Linux the same way they did with Apple Mac OS. It is plausible deniability for suckers. Let's see them develop Office for Chrome
Then we could say that Microsoft is actually not afraid of competition. I don't mean Office in the cloud, but a native version of Office on Chrome OS, non-cloud living on the HDD ( didn't say it would be easy, but it is possible ) , it would be a killer app and would probably torpedo both Google Docs and Office 364
. Ironically, Office Chrome might end up being the most safe and secure version ever released: Google offers $3.14159 million in cash rewards to any hacker who can crack its Chrome operating system
Microsoft Surface Pro launch event in NYC cancelled ( NeoWin 2013-02-07 )
Microsoft has decided not to hold its planned launch event on Friday in New York City due to the incoming snowstorm that could bring up to a foot of snow in the city.
Just saw this story. somehow appropriate speaking of Icebergs and Titanics above. Karma
typos, added snowstorm article! updated image URL, and again
This post has been edited by CharlotteTheHarlot: 06 May 2013 - 07:27 AM