Belfiore wasn’t shy about criticizing Google’s Android OS. Even though Google currently dominates the mobile OS market, its strategy of licensing the Android OS to manufacturers is similar to Microsoft’s previous approach with Windows Mobile: It’s open-ended, and there are few restrictions on how manufacturers can use or modify the OS.
As a result, Android is suffering from some of the same issues as Windows Mobile did: Android works better on some phones than others, manufacturers are shipping different versions of the OS on different phones, some Android phones are shipping with bloatware made by carriers, and some app developers complain that it’s difficult to make software because of the hardware and OS fragmentation.
Android remains the only mobile OS still patterned after Microsoft’s 2002 vision of the mobile value chain
A few eyebrows were raised when Microsoft presented a slide at a French event where they made the claim that 30 Million Windows Phone devices would be sold by the end of 2011. Given that the first Windows Phone won’t ship until October 2010 at the earliest, or, according to Mr. Ballmer, “by Christmas,” count me among the skeptics.
However, the claim was later retracted by Microsoft stating that they mis-quoted IDC, the original source for the forecast. The correction was perhaps meant to put an end to the credibility crisis.
However, the actual forecast from IDC was even more preposterous.
Will webOS replace Windows on all of your smartphones?
Microsoft will continue and will always be a huge strategic partner for Hewlett-Packard. Our focus is to create choice for customers around those products and services that will allow them to connect to the information they need as quickly and as safely as they can.
Sounds like a definite non-answer. My bet is that they have not decided but that when they will decide it will be to show Microsoft the door.
according to a report published Monday. ComScore reported that Google’s share of smartphone subscribers rose to 9%, compared to 3.8% at the end of November. Meanwhile Apple’s share fell 0.1 points to 25.4%, while Microsoft’s share fell 4 points to 15.1%.
Seems Google’s gain is Microsoft’s loss.
BlackBerry, saw its share rise 1.3 points to 42.1%, according to the data. The number of owners of smartphones rose 21% in the U.S. in the three months ended in February compared to the prior period.
- There’s zero backwards compatibility with Windows Phone 6.5 applications.
- It’s still based on Windows CE underneath (version 6 in this case)
- Developers are going to need to re-code their apps.
- So what will they code it in? So far, we’ve been told Silverlight and XNA.
- Kindel’s post also mentions Web 2.0 Standards and Microsoft developer tools, along with .Net.
- Nothing about C++ or native code versus managed code, but expect managed code to be de rigeur.
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