“Reasons to feel bearish about Microsoft aren’t hard to find. But it’s the software giant’s diminishing profile in the mobile world that is the talk of Silicon Valley right now,” Martin Peers reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Windows Mobile’s share of the global smartphone operating-system market fell to 7.9% in the third quarter from 11.1% a year earlier, Gartner estimates. Also losing ground was Nokia’s Symbian,” Peers reports. “In contrast, both Apple and BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion boosted their shares, while Android grabbed 3.5% from zero a year earlier.”
Peers reports, “It doesn’t help that the latest version of Windows Mobile, 6.5, got a tepid reception. A fuller upgrade isn’t expected for another year. Or that device manufacturers such as Motorola are focusing on Android rather than Windows Mobile for new phones they’re developing.”
“What Microsoft risks losing is the chance to establish a stronghold in the mobile ecosystem. That is potentially a huge deal. Already, there are signs that mobile applications are changing Web browsing habits. Consumers may not need to use search engines as much to check their favorite sites,” Peers reports. “Instead, they can tap an application.”
Peers reports, “Microsoft famously stumbled early in recognizing the importance of the Internet and is still licking its wounds after losing out to Google on search. In the next year, Microsoft needs to make its presence felt in mobile, lest it miss another trick.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Move along Microsoft shareholders. There’s nothing to see here. Pay no attention; remain oblivious, as usual. May Steve Ballmer remain CEO for as long as it takes! CLICK HERE FOR A GREAT PC DEAL!
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Now, for the rest of us: It’s obviously already way too late for the lumbering, ineffectual, derivative, and delusional Microsoft and their shiteous Windows Mobile, no matter how much the moribund maestros of mediocrity (we’re feeling generous today, can’t you tell?) attempt to steal from Apple this time. As always: May Steve Ballmer remain CEO for as long as it takes!
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