Windows Phone Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

Check out the hottest Windows Mobile devices at our Expansys store!

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Android Thoughts

Loading feed...

Go Back   Thoughts Media Forums > WINDOWS PHONE THOUGHTS > Windows Phone News

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 10-06-2010, 03:00 PM
Nurhisham Hussein
Contributing Editor
Nurhisham Hussein's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3,111
Default Microsoft At A Crossroads With WP7

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='' target='_blank'></a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Microsoft was removed from the bank's Americas Buy List, with a price target of $28 rather than $32, Goldman Sachs analysts including Sarah Friar wrote in a note to clients. The company needs to win "a firmer foothold in the growing migration to mobile devices" in order to improve investor sentiment, they wrote...Microsoft has struggled to match mobile offerings from rivals including Apple Inc. and Google Inc., whose Android software powers high-end phones and tablet computers. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has yet to release a tablet computer to compete with Apple's iPad, 3 million of which were sold in the first 80 days of its release."</em></p><p>That this comes right on the eve of Windows Phone 7's launch next week points to continuing scepticism of how much of the ground Microsoft lost in the last 3-4 years they can recover. Microsoft is at a crossroads - it's make or break time. If Windows Phone 7 turns out to be a failure, that might be a blow from which Microsoft might not recover from.&nbsp; Office and Windows remains MS' bread and butter, but the computing world is evolving ever&nbsp;more rapidly&nbsp;and if MS&nbsp;can't&nbsp;build a solid presence in the mobile space, they risk becoming irrelevant.</p><p>Even if WP7 turns out to be a middling success among consumers, there's going to be consequences, and heads&nbsp;are going to&nbsp;roll. Ballmer's already feeling the heat,&nbsp;based on&nbsp;this report from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;(you can view the original documentation <a href=" Discussion and Analysis.html" target="_blank">here</a>):</p><p><em>"According to Microsoft's Definitive Proxy Statement for this year, Ballmer's maximum potential bonus was 200% of his $670,000 base salary, but his actual bonus turned out to be just 100% of his base salary. Listed as reasons for this cut were the Kin's failure, 'loss of market share in the company's mobile phone business,' and 'the need for the Company to pursue innovations to take advantage of new form factors,'..."</em></p><p>This next year will be critical for both the company - and its existing management. Either the former changes for the better, or shareholders will make sure the latter will.</p>
"A planner is a gentle man, with neither sword nor pistol.
He walks along most daintily, because his balls are crystal."
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:56 PM.