02 February 2014

Windows Phone sales stall again

Analysis: Microsoft missed the smartphone revolution, and buying Nokia compounded its mistakes -- Windows phones (including Nokia), will never make Microsoft much, if any, real money, and will only attain a small market share. Android is the OS for smartphones and tablets globally, and Microsoft should have focused its efforts on a cross-platform Internet Explorer browser that would run on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Expect the new Microsoft CEO to look for a spin-off of Windows and Nokia from an increasingly enterprise and cloud-centric Microsoft within 3 years.

Windows Phone sales stall again -- can anything save it? | Computerworld Blogs: "The latest figures show that sales of Windows Phones have stalled, mired at 4% in the U.S., and 1% in China. Is there any way for Microsoft's smartphone operating system to become a success? The most recent sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending in December 2013 hold no good news for Windows Phone. In Europe, it's maintaining around a steady 10% market share, which it's had for months, but not increasing any. In the world's two largest smartphone markets, it's made no headway at all -- 4.3% in the U.S., and 1.1% in China. That's about where it's been for months. Even compared to a year ago, it hasn't made much headway. A year ago it has 2.4% market share in the U.S., and 0.9% market share in China. As for the other big growth market, South America, it's done dismally there as well. Its market share has dropped in the last year, from 6.8% to 4.9%...."

Microsoft backs off on Metro - Computerworld: "....As for the tablet market, it's Android and iOS all the way. I've been hearing from some friends of Microsoft that they're sure that Lenovo buying Motorola means good things ahead for Windows on smartphones and tablets. Really? They must be using really good drugs to come to that conclusion...."

Lenovo CEO on Apple, Samsung: 'Our mission is to surpass them' - Fortune Tech"We will fully leverage the Motorola brand in the U.S. and Latin America, just like we leveraged the ThinkPad brand in the PC space. Motorola will be our smartphone product .... Regarding the product portfolio, we don't want to be playing just in the entry level or to be viewed as a cheaper brand. We want to compete in the full range of the product line, including the premium segment. Both Lenovo and Motorola have the DNA of innovation. I believe we can develop a very innovative or very premium product. Meanwhile, we should be more competitive in the entry level given that Lenovo has global scale in our manufacturing capabilities and operational efficiency."

By ditching Motorola, Google frees Android from distractions | Internet & Media - CNET News".... Lenovo is happy because it gets a big boost to its fledgling smartphone business in regions where it doesn't yet have a toehold. Samsung is happy because it feels like it can deal with Google more equitably. But by far, Google is the happiest, coming out of the Motorola deal with a beefed-up Android, investor credibility, and proof that it can play the patent long game."

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The Windows killer: Chromebook - Computerworld: "The Windows killer: Chromebook - I've been a believer in Chromebooks for a long time. Now, everyone else is getting the religion. NPD, a retail market analysis company, reports that sales of Chromebooks exploded from zilch in 2012 to more than 20% of the U.S. PC market in 2013. This helped push overall notebook PC growth up by 28.9%. Meanwhile, Windows notebooks sales were as flat as a pancake, and Mac sales shrank by 7%. At the same time, overall PC sales declined in 2013 by a record 10.1%...."

How to slash your wireless bill just by whispering ‘T-Mobile’ in AT&T’s ear --
AT&T Bill Discount: How T-Mobile could help get you cheaper AT&T plans | BGR: "Can you negotiate the cost of cell phone service just like pay TV and Internet service? Thanks to pressure from T-Mobile, the answer might be yes . . . ."

Samsung's strategy is failing: "...Samsung needs more than just marketing hype. Consumers have caught on that many of the flashier features in Samsung's products are just that - flash. Its products now need substance that make it more than just another high-end Android phone in a sea of high-end Android phones."

One-Ring Phone Scam on the Rise - BBB News Center: "Consumers around the country report an increasing number of what is known as the "One-Ring Phone Scam." Perpetrators of this scam program their computers to blast out thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once, and then disconnect. This scam relies on consumers calling back missed calls, which then connect them to a paid international adult entertainment service, 'chat' line, or other premium service located outside the country."


Microsoft's Likely CEO Pick: From India to Insider
Wall Street Journal
It is also a window into the 46-year-old Indian immigrant and consummate Microsoftinsider who appears on the brink of being chosen to pilot the tech giant as it seeks to reverse years of waning influence. Mr. Nadella is currently in contract ...


UK government plans switch from Microsoft Office to open source ...
"We weren't just missing out on innovation, we were paying top dollar for yesterday'stechnology. "One great example of the potential from small businesses was ...
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