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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, March 21 2013 @ 03:41 PM EDT
The chart is for "smartphones", ie. those running some sort of
computer OS capable of running computer type apps. Where
do you draw the line between smart- and feature-phones?

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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, March 21 2013 @ 08:27 PM EDT

There were Compaq products running some scaled-down Windows derivative. There were a few apps, and (if true) this was integrated with Active Directory.

See Wikipedia -- traces back to 2003 apparently.

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Yes, Windows was a player
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 22 2013 @ 12:29 AM EDT

Microsoft really did have decent market share at one point, but Nokia, RIM, and Apple ate away at that market share. Did you know that if you include SmartPhones and Tablets in with computers that Microsoft's share of the OS market dropped to 24% in 2012?

2012 Sales Share Report - Tomi Ahonen

Now we get into the fun stuff. Who (besides Bill Gates) can afford to buy a new computer? A lot of people are unemployed or under-employed. A smartphone or a cheap tablet (or NetBook if you can find one) is sufficient for most computing needs.

If you are reducing hardware spend, you are almost certainly reducing software spend. Free online services, plus the relatively inexpensive Apple and Android App stores are a boon to the cash strapped consumer.

There have been rumors of layoffs at Intel. Since Smartphones and Tablets are heavily biased towards ARM processors, it is possible that Intel's sales have dropped. Also AMD's Trinity laptop chips were rated fairly well, and may have taken some market.

On the software side, Microsoft is heavily invested in X86/AMD64 processors, which is mainly Intel. If Intel's sales are down, Microsoft's sales are probably down too.

Yes, some people need keyboards. I do a lot of writing, and I love the keyboard on my Mac. But I know a guy who wrote a novel on a smartphone with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Gamers still need performance, but how many gamers are currently out of work, nursing along a five year old rig?

There's a lot of pressure on the industry currently. Tomi expects Microsoft's share of sales to drop this year. I've been predicting the same thing for years. The real weakness at Microsoft is Office. Currently only Windows (24%) and OSX (1%) can run Office. Even if ported to IOS and Android, Microsoft won't be able to charge the enormous premiums it has charged historically.

Kaboom.

Not this year. Probably not 2014. But 2015 could be pretty dangerous in Redmond.

Wayne
http://madhatter.ca

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Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 22 2013 @ 02:10 AM EDT
Microsoft had Pocket PC, Windows CE, Windows Mobiles, and two or three other
names for their OS for phones, PDAs, and similar devices.

For almost five years the lineup was
* Symbian;
* RIM;
* Microsoft;

Then Apple came out with the iPhone, and those three players became irrelevant,
virtually overnight.

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