Mar 27, 2012

Will the new $99 Nokia Lumina 900 finally get Microsoft traction in the smartphone game?

The only question I have when ranking market penetration of smartphones is whether Windows devices are 3rd (ahead of RIM) or 4th (behind RIM). The new Nokia Lumina 900 is a great looking phone just from a design standpoint, but then again so were some of the Symbian OS phones that Nokia put out, and we know how well those did in the US. It seems like an uphill battle to get enterprise users to adopt another platform when many already have to deal with Android and iOS, as well as RIM devices for some companies. I guess if you support BYOD and get enough employees buying Windows phones, it might push Windows support. What do you think, will having what looks like a pretty sweet device at a low price point finally kick in the door for Microsoft?


You have to keep in mind that is $99 with a 2 year contract, which is what AT&T also charges for some iPhones, such as a iPhone 4 8GB.  That may not be the latest and greatest iPhone, but it isn't an obsolete brick either.  Still, I think WP7 looks like an interesting OS.  I would like to see another major player from a personal standpoint.  From a tech support standpoint, not so much.  I think Microsoft has a huge mountain to climb before they can claim to be a major player in mobile devices, and I really don't see a clear path for them to succeed.    

Nope, it's far too little and far too late. Nobody gives a darn about Microsoft in the mobile space. Android and iOS are so far ahead that there's little hope Microsoft can catch either of them.

Why would users spend ten seconds even thinking about what Microsoft has to offer? They already have two powerful platforms to choose from and many apps on both platforms. There's really nothing Microsoft has to bring to the table for users except yet another version of Windows. Why would anybody even care about that these days?

Microsoft had years to do something significant in the mobile space and they did nothing.
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