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Gates: Microsoft's smartphone strategy was a "mistake"

0. phoneArena posted on 18 Feb 2013, 17:20

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was interviewed this morning on CBS' This Morning and said that not gaining leadership in the smartphone industry means that the way that the company went about entering the business was "clearly a mistake," although you have to wonder what steps Microsoft can take at this stage in the game...

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posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:12 2

24. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)

How do you know this??? Do me a favor and read up on Ballmer. Love him or hate him the man is a freaking genious! He is very passionate about Microsoft, which is why every once in a while youll find a psycho looking picture of him on the internet when all he is really doing is talking about a new feature of Windows 8 etc.

With that said, I truly believe Microsoft missed the boat with the whole smartphone uprising. They were late in the game that is for sure. The single reason why WP8 hasnt caught on with the masses in my opinion....ugly looking OS! Sorry but its true...go head thumb me down.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:18 3

26. nikenturd (unregistered)

If he really knew what he was doing...then how come he released the abomination known as Windows 8/WP8? The dude's out of touch with reality

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:21 3

29. papss (unregistered)

I disagree.. W8 and WP8 are nothing close to that..

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 00:11

53. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Abomination? The only Abomination I see is you.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 19:22 2

35. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

While genious and passion aren't mutually exclusive, they don't go hand in hand either. People can be passionate about things without knowing anything about them, just look at some of the comments here on PA. Gates was more tech savvy and Ballmer was more business savvy, which is a similar relationship to that of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. The thing is being tech savvy doesn't necessarily make you business savvy, and the reverse is true as well. Sorry but I'd be listening to what Gates has to say before Ballmer. Gates doesn't have the charisma or presence that Ballmer has, he's a little OCD and jittery, but when people think tech, they think Gates, Jobs, Wozniak, Rubin, Page, & Brin.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 17:51 3

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6631; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Microsoft should continue to build on the success of their window mobile 6.5 instead they disappear from the smartphone market for a few years. Apple walk into their empty castle and resume the throne.

There nothing wrong with using the stylus and smartphone should increase in productivity with increasing processing power. Just that everyone was taken in by steve jobs reality distortion to believe that finger computing on smart phone is the future.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:10 2

22. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


posted on 19 Feb 2013, 00:17

54. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

WM6.5 was cool and successful but when I jumped to WP7 I was so happy and relieved! No matter how much you ROM danced it would always be slow. While it was better on my Sprint HTC Touch then the newer HTC Touch Pro2 still it slowed down. WP8 builds upon the what WP7 brought to the table. With WP8 though there is the inclusion of Windows NT which opens so many doors and possibilities. It pretty much future proofs the OS. I have a feeling that they are going to really push app sharing between their platforms. Build it for W8 and port it EASY to WP8 or the XBOX. But they could've stuck with the limited WinCE.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 05:30

63. joey_sfb (Posts: 6631; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

There no need to abandon the platform completely. Microsoft release windows 3.1, 3.11 workgroup, windows 95,98,98SE (16 bit OS before they embrace the true 32 bits OS Win XP.

End User wouldn't know what Kernel is on the phone. Apple win thru the salemanship of steve job.

I have no problem with my windows mobile phone when the phone is running with 256Mb ram, earlyphone model suck due to 128 Mb or below ram.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 17:51 7

12. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Wow phonearena you really know how to turn his words around watch the whole dame interview. He was talking about windows mobile and there late entry.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:05 2

18. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)

well duh, how do you think they can get people in here to comment so passionately about this kind of stuff??

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:01 1

16. papss (unregistered)

Come on.. Like you should expect anything less from this rookie blogger site?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:09

20. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

that's what bill gates said.. there's nothing to do about which site this news should be on..

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:15 2

25. papss (unregistered)

Would you read the whole article at the source before looking silly? Lets pull contexts and take it as fact.. While he did say that it's not the only part to that discussion which is typical of the blogging here .

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:11 2

23. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

U tell em gates.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:19 2

27. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

Microsoft will get huge boost when we start seeing more x86 smartohones, running the very same os on your phone and pc would bring lots of advantages!

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 20:01 1

37. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 78; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Yes! I have been saying that since Windows 8 has come out. Microsoft should make a phone and do that now, that would get them on top. Put a small track point on the phone for desktop mode and make a Windows 8 phone with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 20:19

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

bad idea, surface pro is thicker and heavier than most tablets out there, yet it doesn't have the same battery life as them, translate that to a phone and you get a mess of massive proportions. and thats just a part if the equation

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 21:46

47. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

It really isn't. It's thinner than a number of others (I think even the ipad2? Can't check now), and the battery life is similar other actual computer tablets, NOT those that are mobile-based.

As I've said before, the Surface is Microsoft's Nexus, that is, not the best specced or best value, but good overall.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 22:52 1

49. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

The have been few devices with intep chips up to now, this year and the next will see that change, of course an i5 will drain a mobile battery! Intelnis going places though with the recent improvements on its atom chipset!

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:19 2

28. papss (unregistered)

It was more about WP7 being late to the game that was the mistake... BUT who reads full articles before responding..

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:29 2

30. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

It's interesting, because I kind of see what Microsoft is trying to do in terms of their smartphone startegy. Since Windows on desktop has plenty of OEMs making different PCs, Microsoft wants their smartphone strategy to be the same, essentially. Thing is, a lot of OEMs aren't seeing success with WP like Nokia, but the blame should be the OEMs and not Microsoft. Windows Phone 8 is a great OS and it does offer something fresh to the table. It's just OEMs are so lazy and they don't want to think outside the box when it comes to differentiating themselves. HTC and Samsung can't hide behind Sense and TouchWiz on WP8. Instead, they need to look at what Nokia is doing and offer better hardware and offer services exclusive to their Windows Phones. How hard is that?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 20:43

39. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Not hard at all. However, it just isn't profitable. Taking away resources from the GS4 money printing machine to work on a Ativ S money losing machine simply is not a good move.

For HTC it might be a good idea but we can't be for certain if HTC is even allowed to mess with the software that much.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:51 1

32. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Gates knows that Microsoft should have been more aggresive towards marketing a better solution for mobile technology. It's a missed opportunity, and a big mistake, due to being over confident and oblivious to fundamental changes in the industry...

However, WP8 works just fine, and the task now is to advertise and market their way back to the top. Good technology alone simply won't cut it: the success of Apple and Google relates heavily to the amazing advertising and marketing abilities of both companies.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 19:52 1

36. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Good advertising yes but ones like Droid rage is a piss poor way of getting your point across. Look at Ben the PC Guy. They need him on every tv channel 24-7! Instead they hired some guy who did negative adds for Oblabla.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 20:56

40. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

So now Microsoft fans will start hatin Bill Gates for admitting the truth... Windows phone is a mistake...?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 21:25 2

45. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Their biggest problem on the mobile side: they waited too late to try to answer the iPhone. And maybe iPad. And underestimated the iPhone...probably the iPad too.

They had a shot with the HD2 in 2009 for phones, I dont know what happened. Even with that....Android did come out in 2008. It wasnt as big then. But, the Droid 1 came out about a month before the HD2. That and Verizon's Droid marketing....Android took off after that.

MS waited too long to go to capacitive screens. And when Android was out in 2008 and I also will say 2009....I really feel whatever MS had ready with WP coulda been released and held its own against Android back then. I loaded up Android 1.6 last year on my Droid 1.....WP coulda gave it a run for its money.....even if WP wasnt ready for release.

Apple was ready for the all touch screen era. MS somehow wasnt. iOS was perfect for a touch screen mobile phone; it's a good finger based mobile OS. MS was still doing a hybrid touch/stylus OS, and it was getting old fast. I have been using Android since early 2010. MS shoulda never let Android or the iPhone do what they did.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 21:36 1

46. Shubham412302 (Posts: 455; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

I think Microsoft should remove the restrictions...
and add user and option to change home screen lock screen with apps and even onscreen keyboard.
the more the no. of apps are created.
android Market mostly consists of themes and live wallpaper which increases the no.of apps

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 23:28 2

50. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

You have lamest definition for the word "customization "... Android is tons more than change home screen & lock screen...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 23:37 3

51. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

At least Bill Gates can admit that his company screwed up instead of blaming the consumer. I can hear it now, "You're buying it wrong!"

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