In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Linonut
on Mon, 19 May 2008 13:41:26 -0400
> * The Ghost In The Machine peremptorily fired off this memo:
>> May make no difference. Microsoft phones are
>> already showing up. Most likely this will be the next
>> battleground, and it's a very highly fragmented market --
>> not unlike the homebrew computer markets of the late 70's,
>> in some respects. Microsoft could very well unify these
>> markets under one well-known umbrella OS, though they'll
>> have to fight off Symbian first.
> Or themselves. This is a year old, I wonder if it still holds:
> The Spectacular Failure of WinCE and Windows Mobile
> Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Linux, and Symbian currently power the
> world\u2019s smartphones. How does each stack up against Apple\u2019s
> OS X in the iPhone? Here\u2019s an overview looking at the merits of
> each, starting with Microsoft.
> . . .
> That means that the staggering losses reported for WinCE--not to
> mention the Xbox and Zune--are not the result of huge amounts of
> technology development or advertising campaigns, but simply because
> nobody wants to buy them, even when offered at loss leader prices.
> How embarrassing!
> . . .
> The mobile phone market is now dominated by Symbian, with Linux in
> second place. WinCE only accounts for around 5% of smartphone mobile
> sales, which itself is a fraction of the overall mobile market.
> . . .
> It's no wonder Microsoft is losing so much money down the rat
> hole of WinCE: it's a shotgun approach to solving everything in
> the "smaller than a breadbox" category with a general purpose
Ah yes, WinCE...this could definitely throw a monkey wrench
into Microsoft's grand plans to monopolize...erm, I mean,
unify...the mobile market.
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