Money well spent
Marketing is far more important than getting the basics right.
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Here's the tired old textbook example of some clueless politician being told what bandwaggon to jump on by his spads, and as usual just making a prat of himself to those in the know. He's as much cred as Gordon Brown telling us he's an Arctic Monkeys fan, as if that could ever happen. Oh, wait...
Would it make you a SmartArse?
A virtual one for me too. Even if I could make it to the smoke, I'd prefer that to the warm pissed-in dishwater known throughout the world as London beer :-)
And it's about to get a whole lot worse in mobile. Spot the pattern: Microsoft write new OS, which is shit. Users avoid it. Microsoft spends zillions marketing it. Users still avoid it. Microsofts last resort is to go nuclear to force users to use it.
Now think about mobile. Microsoft launches shit OS ... repeat as above, except the new popular OS everyone wants is Android on Nokia kit. Android on Nokia proves a massive hit so Microsoft then ...?
"12% in the UK"
I'll have some of what you're smoking. You've obviously got a bit more than your fellow shill yesterday telling us it was 10%.
You really expect people to believe over 1 in every 10 smartphone users are on windows when they can see it's plainly untrue just by looking around them during the day?
And I've *stlill* not seen a windows mobile in the wild yet. heck, at this rate the first will be one of these windroids, and at these prices it will be because I'll be buying it, assuming I can load Cyanogen onto it, natch.
Me want brite yello one.
Me stand out with brite yello cheap fone.
People point at me when I pull out brite yello phone.
Hmm .. I wonder if there's any connection between Elop not getting the CEO job and him allowing this to happen whilst installed as Ballmers trojan.
Right there in the headline. Microsoft has "pals"? Nope - only paid shills, many of whom frequent these very forums.
0. A smartphone OS should not be rammed down unwilling victims throats by an extortionist taking $5 per handset from other smartphone OS manufactureres.
But it turns out he thought he was coding for Android having been confused by the Nokia X.
Isn't it obvious? Nokia launch a low-end handset running Android just before being absorbed into the collective. Microsoft, being their usual clueless selves regarding what their customers really want (as clearly demonstrated in this article), don't see the glaring danger until it's far too late. Of course these handsets will be a runaway success, far outstripping the pathetic sales of the "official" Windows Mobile line until it gets to the point where, as in this PC OS story, they have built their own nightmare scenario where they must decide which line to kill - the one they spent billions marketing but just won't sell, or the one the customer wants.
As another BBC employee with as much credibility as the shameless parasites running this fiasco might have said.
Either that, or continue to scrap around in the rapidly shrinking 5% "others" section.
People actually use Windows as a *server*? Well I never. Gosh, next you'll be telling me they have a ... hey, hang on, you're right. Let's not harp on about you know what anymore, but instead see if you for once have the balls to comment on the topic all microsoft shills conveniently ignore - the extortion racket they are running with Android, by which of course I mean their only meaningful contribution to mobile being the $5 per handset they fleece from the OEMs.
Users should never use Yahoo for anything serious, says common internet knowledge.
Are the hypocrites who use made up names.
Considering how clearly irrelevant and unused they are. Why, it's almost as if Microsoft know they have a crap product but think they can market it down everyones throat just by spending money on ads and paid shills, rather than spending it on improving quality.
"Encouraged to do so by their teacher, I'd imagine. Very professional. "
So, teachers should push Microsoft "smartphones" to kids. I'm confident anyone advocating this is equally fair when it comes to educating them also on the meaning of the word "extortion", where microsoft makes on average $5 per Android handset from those making gear people actually want.
It's not funny anymore.
I want to see someone using one to make sure all this talk of any kind of market share isn't just some big online conspiracy. 90% of people I meet, from work, to just observing them in the gym, on the train etc use Android, 9% iPhones and the rest are scraps like BB and legacy (there's a difference?)
I have to be honest and admit I saw some in the Tesco in-store mobile shop last week.
All on the shelves.
With no one interested in them.
Seriously - is there some kind of prize for the first actual one I find?
It spent years on the race track, had a nice relaxing retirement and is now resting gently on the shelves of your local Tesco.
You too have a very interesting posting history, Anonymous Coward.
Well color me amazed. Next you'll be saying they have some kind of presence in the smartphone industry.
Its the LibDem of smartphone OS's. Claims to support whatever fad is in vogue that particular week, but even when it finally does see the light of day gets totally steamrollered at every turn.
Paris, for she knows just what it means to be the big boys bitch.
For microsoft, it's also a first.
Brite yellow grate color for phone.
Brite yello make me stand out.
People in pub see me wiv brite yello phone and point at me.
I'm proud of my Nexus 5, which similarly knows if I'm walking, running or riding a bike. But we're dealing with the famous Apple reality distortion field here and the best courts money can buy, so the fact that phone's been out for 4 months and they'll still be awarded this patent even though they only got round to copying it today today is all perfectly right and proper.
During the great corruption exposure of 2010 it emerged that Multimillionaire Francis Maude claimed for a second London home, to, err, make life easier for MP's living away from London, which was "yards from his first".
He topped that with his noble attempt at creating mass panic on the roads of Britain with his helpful advice on how to deal with the fuel shortage, forever earning him the nickname "Jerrycan".
Now, what has this shining model of credibility been saying again?
I hear he's at a loose end these days, and he's looking to make amends for the little mishap or two he caused to the British economy recently.
Payback is such a bitch.
And so it begins.
The idea is to ban phones actually being sold. With round corners.
Its maps work great.
I was in Tesco a few days ago and saw the Motorola G for £99. You can unlock them for £2.04 on eBay. You could buy 5 of these for the price of an IPhone and have enough change to see you through 6 months of a non-handset contract.
Oh, and its maps work great. Unless you've been told to Think Different.
We can all look forwards and raise a glass to 2014: Microsofts year of implosion.
One for which a word has not yet been invented.
Nope, you're thinking wrong.
Oooh, so adding that 12% to Androids 81% leaves, err, 7% for Apple + rest.
Aren't statistics marvelous?
Yes I keep hearing about these "Windows phones" too, but you never see them in the wild. Have they been released yet, or is this is Microsoft getting their equivalent of an app store ready for when it is?