Originally Posted by TANKERx
The inroads made by Microsoft have only been made among geeks and some enerprise users and hard as it may be for Microsoft to accept this, out there in the mundane world of rainy days and cans of budget cola, geeks and enterprise users are in a minority.
I agree that Microsoft Smartphones is currently popular among geeks and a few enterprise users. Microsoft devices are pricey and feature packed. Not everyone can afford them and not everyone needs the features it puts out.
MS devices are always ahead of the times when compared with the other market players. Pocket PC was ahead of its times when compared to Palm. XBox was ahead of PS2 in terms of tech. In the devices arena, Microsoft is good at is gauging the future market and positioning their devices for future growth. I feel that MS instead of toning down their devices for the market, takes the non-traditional route of raising the customer/user requirements :-)
Palm and Symbian devices focus more on the current market needs, (and Symbian has been around for quite some time, so agreed it will be tough for Microsoft).
I feel that Symbian has to correct its act, if it wants to keep the share. What Microsoft has going in its favor is the concept of standardizing the phone platform (mobile platform). In the soon to be connected world, users would wants apps to run the same way on multiple devices. Also the users would be more demanding about specialized apps. Symbian with customized OS for each manufacturer means multiple SDKs and hell for developers. MS devices standardizes the hardware peripherals also.
Microsoft devices are on a higher ground in terms of features, the reason why they are not being adopted en-masse is because of the price. Which will come down once we get more players and hardware manufacturers. Just like Pocket PCs were $400+ when launched. And now you can get them for half the price. Also soon the customer expectations from a phone will also rise, everyone would want to carry a PDA, MP3 player, access the internet on their phones, when that happens MS will be there. And Symbian will be busy re-structuring its organization and OS.