What should Microsoft’s new CEO do to make Windows a true competitor to Android?

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 7, 2014

satya nadella friday debate

In this edition of the Friday Debate, we take a look to the other side of the fence towards Microsoft, the company that has put a Windows computer on every desk, but is now struggling to make Windows Phone worthy of its name. With Steve Ballmer out and Satya Nadella in, now it’s the best time for Microsoft to reinvent itself, or at least, to fix some of the problems that have turned it from a mobile leader into a mobile also-ran.

Like it or not, a strong Microsoft would benefit the entire mobile world, us Android users included. So, tell us, what do you think Microsoft should focus on to turn Windows Phone into a true third option? What should be Satya Nadella’s priorities? Where should he start?

Join us in the discussion, vote in our poll, and sound off in the comments!

Robert Triggs

Picking its new CEO must have been tough for Microsoft, the company is clearly in need of something a little more “out there”, but a complete departure from its business goals would alienate its core customer. Nadella seems like a safe option to me, he’s been at the company a while and has helped turn Microsoft’s server and business tools into a success. Although, he has also been involved with less successful consumer grade projects like Bing, SkyDrive and Skype.

Nadella’s focus on “mobile and cloud” is certainly where the market is, but I can’t help but feel that Microsoft may have already missed the boat. It’s going to take something spectacular to release Apple’s and Android’s iron grip on this market, and I’m not convinced that Nadella quite has the vision to break this deadlock.

On the other hand, his engineering background could tie in nicely with Microsoft’s plans for Nokia. I think I’ll wait and see how this all plays out.

I have to say, I’m a little more interested in just how influential the return of Mr Gates will be. It’s possible that he might put Microsoft back on the right track. However, the world in which Gate’s Microsoft blossomed no longer exists, he could turn out to be a thorn in Nadella’s side.

It’s all too easy to be suckered in with the prospects of change now that someone else is at the helm, and as much as I want Microsoft to provide some healthy competition, I think it’s going to be tough times ahead for Microsoft in the mobile space.

Joe Hindy

In terms of mobile, Windows Phone’s flaws are pretty clear cut. They have a lack of OEM support. Even if Microsoft plans on remedying this by releasing their own phone vis-a-vis their acquisition of Nokia’s handset division, the fact is that right now, there really isn’t a really good Windows Phone that can compete with the iPhone, HTC One, Galaxy S4, Note 3, Xperia Z, etc. They should really be putting out at least one device available to most carriers that can make WP look like an attractive option alongside the competition.

The second huge weakness is lack of apps. The platform needs more games, more apps, and more tools to improve the platform. Do they even have an official YouTube app yet? I’m not saying they need a billion apps like in the App Store or the Google Play Store, but at the very least they need the baseline of tools, games, and apps that would allow someone already into smartphones to make the switch without losing functionality. Until that happens, it’s bad times for Windows Phone.

Lastly, and this is a wildcard here, WP needs better integration with platforms. Microsoft makes Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox. Why these three major league tiers can’t communicate with one another in a more effective, efficient, and useful manner utterly baffles me. Xbox Smartglass was a good start, but if you can make the phone do more with the operating system, I can see people thinking, “Well, I have a Windows PC and the Windows Phone can do these awesome things with it, maybe I should go with that.” iOS and Android have a well documented weakness in playing nice with any operating system aside from Linux and Microsoft not taking advantage of that is a huge misstep on their part. An example: many CAD users, graphic design users, etc need a digital drawing pad for their programs. Why can’t you connect a Surface to a laptop and use that as one? That would make it much better for professionals and amateurs alike. I guess the bottom line is, Windows Phone needs more functionality with other Windows products aside from things like syncing SkyDrive.

Those are their biggest weaknesses in my opinion. It’s not that their platform is bad, but it’s not mature enough to compete with the big dogs yet and, thus, their first step should be shoring up those weaknesses and bringing Windows Phone on par with the competition. Then you’ll see more adoption and with more adoption comes more developers, more apps, and a thriving ecosystem.

Andrew Grush

Microsoft might not be a major force in the mobile world, but to count them out completely would be more than a little foolish. Microsoft still has plenty of resources and is very well established in the business world, home PC market and even in gaming — though its Xbox brand isn’t exactly a huge money maker for the company.

Where Microsoft is truly at its weakest is in the mobile world, despite their efforts with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. To tackle this weakness, Microsoft needs a CEO that is willing to think out of the box and break from tradition. It still remains unseen whether Satya Nadella, a 20+ year MS veteran, will be able to do this.

Nadella has already made it clear that the company wishes to focus on mobile and continued support of the cloud, and I believe that this is wise focus area. That said, I’m not so sure that Microsoft has the ability to turn Windows Phone into a massive success, even though I will admit that it’s market share is (very) slowly creeping upwards.

If Nadella wants to really make an impact in the mobile world, Microsoft needs to focus on getting big name app developers on board. It also needs to fully integrate its Windows Store and Windows Phone store, which is something that Microsoft is already working on — at least to a certain degree.

Beyond that though, Microsoft needs to find ways to better stand out with its handsets. This means killer apps, killer phone features and killer aesthetics. While the Lumia series had some pretty big firsts including a 41MP camera and glove support on touchscreens, Microsoft needs to take things to the next level and create something that wows both iPhone and Android fans if they ever want to be more than just a third place contender.

Is a strong Microsoft good for the mobile industry? Absolutely. Competition is never a bad thing. Without competition, there would be no need to innovate. Unfortunately though, Microsoft has a long ways to go before they truly become relevant in the mobile space.

What do YOU think?

Join us in the comments and vote in our poll.

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  • Carlos Poblano

    Typo: into* in the first paragraph

  • Luka Mlinar

    I always said their biggest flaw is the simplest one to fix. The UI. It’s so simple that it makes users feel dumb. Get rid of the tiles, bring back icons. Make the menu look less LGBT and cheap.

    • mustbepbs

      Upvote for using the term LGBT to describe UI design.

      • Me

        Downvote for using the term LGBT to describe UI design.

        • mustbepbs

          You’re just a bigot.

    • RanRu

      It’s not as if the UI alone makes it any less functional. They could perhaps stand to add folder support, but what part of iOS’s useless, static icons are more useful than the tiles on Windows Phone?

      • JosephHindy

        Nothing, people just don’t like change.

        • Luka Mlinar

          Yup. Not afraid to admit it. Anyone who pushes big change in the mobile world loses. We seen this countless times. I will avoid change as long as i can. I only got a touch screen phone a year and 2 months ago.

      • smokebomb

        My biggest issue with WP is that the tiles are vertical so it gives a feeling of never ending when you scroll. It would probably never happen, but they should change the tiles to horizontal scrolling (multiple homescreens instead of one giant one) and have the menu be a long press of the home button or something. Then the next biggest issue is apps and games. The system needs to be appealing before adding third party apps and games.

      • nishantsirohi123

        let us not even bring isheep in this discussion

  • Carlos Poblano

    If they want the giant flock of Android users, one thing that they’ll absolutely need to add is customization. The only thing users can customize are the apps and home screen.

    • smokebomb

      I need to have my emulators. I’m not aware of any that exist for WP.

  • Raymond

    Windows and Android should werk togetthere

  • thartist

    It doesn’t excel at anything other than performing smoothly, it doesn’t make you feel anything other than ‘me too’. Can’t say anything exciting about windows phone.

    In fact, the Windows name might be a drag too, I’d have gone with a new brand, something refreshing and exciting that symbolizes the new beginning and doesn’t feel like the same as the old windows brand.

    • Shark Bait

      I totally agree on the name thing. Windows brings to mind something heavy, and things that chrash. Not the slick , smooth, simple life we are used to from android and iOS

      • stucrmnx120fshwf

        Got that right, when I think of windows, I think crashtastick bloatware.

    • DKJr

      I think you are being biased and unfair. None of what you say is really true. Probably just a biased & subjective load of crap.

  • patrik

    I honestly don’t see the difference in iOS and WP8, except the UI. They’re both locked OS’s that have no potential to expand like Android is doing.

    People like open source, not greedy dumb companies.

    • JosephHindy

      People like pretty things that work well.

  • GandangaTororo

    Access & launch files from folders, ability to save contacts directly to sim card or phone. Some notification thingy.

    Use MEEGO icons.

  • Shark Bait

    One of androids biggest strengths now, could be its the only major software provider that doesn’t make it’s own hardware.

    I think Microsoft may have done Google a favour by purchasing Nokia. Samsung and others likely won’t want to partner with Microsoft because they will likely give the Nokia division priority

    • Adrian Remus

      Who buys HTC and Samsung windows phones? When you say WP you say Nokia. Samsung is nothing in WP world.

      • Shark Bait

        Well only Nokia put any effort into windows because everyone else was pissed off about Microsoft giving them billions.

        • Adrian Remus

          Well Samsung and HTC were there before Nokia. WP was nothing until Nokia joined. Personally, i didn’t even knew about its existence.

          • RanRu

            “Samsung and HTC were there before Nokia.”

            All the more reason to be pissed off about Microsoft playing favorites with the new kid. Windows Mobile was very popular in it’s day, and much more useful than even Windows phone.

          • Shark Bait

            My point exactly, and Microsoft through that away! They deserve to be number 3 for mocking android and iPhone

            Now all they do I throw billions at it and hide the losses with patent licencing fees

          • nishantsirohi123

            there were even Dell and LG and ZTE and Huawei windows phones

        • JosephHindy

          Microsoft didn’t give them billions. Microsoft bought them for billions. There’s a difference. Giving implies gift, buying implies exchange. There is a wide gap with a deep chasm between “gifting billions” and “paying billions for a product.”

          • Shark Bait

            I mean the billions they paid them before the purchase in “platform support payment’s” . that was bound to make Sammy and others upset

          • JosephHindy

            The agreement was that they paid each other. Nokia got front loaded money to support the platform and was then going to pay Microsoft billions later down the road. It’s not Nokia’s fault MS just up and bought the part they wanted.


            It should also be noted that Google partnered with Samsung twice in the last half a decade (once for the 2 Nexus devices and the Nexus 10 tablet, once in the giant patent deal) and that they partnered with HTC once (Nexus 1), LG once (Nexus 4, 5), and ASUS (Nexus 7). Never Nokia. Soooo yeah, Samsung and HTC have other stuff on their plate to deal with and I hardly think the business dealings of the only WP-only OEM and Microsoft concerns them.

          • Shark Bait

            My point was, samsung , HTC and sony all built windows phones in the old days, but microsoft neglected them. now instead of trying to rekindled these historic relationships they put a lot of resources on Nokia.
            Now Google doesn’t have any such arrangement, their not competing with suppossed partners, and no conflicts of interests which is a big advantage, and OEM’s will take note I think.
            I don’t see the nexus program as anything like the moto or nokia deal.

          • JosephHindy

            Oh yeah I totally forgot to include the Moto deal…but that’s how these things work man. Windows Phone needed an OEM they could depend on to not renege and go back to Android. Enter: Nokia. Think of it in sports terms: WP needed a franchise player to build a team around. Samsung and HTC were stars but they weren’t doing good enough with the team to justify building around them.

          • AA :P

            there’s a lot of historical baggage too ? if you remember that nokia were one time microsoft’s arch enemy, but android was a bigger immediate threat. so they defected to microsoft. even that’s debatable given how elop got in, jacked nokia through the entire deal. (it maybe officially anathema for you to even mention that – but it crazy how nokia was taken down).

            the other part is that samsung, lg, sony, and everyone else were presumably tired of the old wintel hegemony imposing windows upon OEMs. which is why they had a nice opportunity to get back at android which at the time did not have play services and relatively much freer

    • MattEgansHairLine

      I understand that you feel that you have to defend Google at all cost, but the truth is they fail at hardware and every time. Remember that screaming success that brought the world the word Glassholes?

      Google failed to make its own hardware and does prioritise its own nexus hardware over the OEMs, as an example, the Galaxy S5 only got Lollipop a couple of weeks ago.

      Some Fandi even claimed that Google broke its own T&Cs and updated a nexus device after the maximum 18 months of software support, while the majority still run gingerbread.

      If LittleSoft did what Google do you’d be spitting bullets, but Google do it, they have good reason all of a sudden.

      Every Fandi lie makes two more iOSers. I think the last two years prove me right.

  • jay555

    What would it take for Microsoft to start gaining relevancy in the mobile world? As others have noted, the Metro UI is garbage and to make matters worse, they then decided to slap it on the PC by releasing Windows 8. Instead of stupidly trying to bring the smartphone experience to the PC why aren’t they trying to bring a more PC like experience to the smartphone…. Kind of like what Google did with Android.

    As far as killer features, it boggles my mind how WP isn’t more integrated with the Xbox. Imagine installing a game from the Windows store on both your phone and your Xbox. You play on your console at home and then you can continue to play your game on the road thru your phone. Your progress would be saved on SkyDrive. That one feature alone would probably be enough to get people interested in trying WP.

  • Steamroller

    Microsoft should start with where they strong at. Windows, Office, Xbox, Halo (and yeah Cortana).
    Ballmer’s mistake is that he’s too obsessed with iPhone, and in return he revamped Microsoft mobile OS based on iOS model. Locked-down OS, paid developer account, market-only apps, limited feature. That won’t work.

    It’s easy to lose sight of your own strength when you’re jealous of someone else’s success.

    • Android Developer

      Maybe the more it behaves like IOS, the more competition it will get against it, and replace IOS ?
      Or maybe that’s how Ballmer’s logic was…

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    • Michael Samsara

      Microsoft is facing the same natural aging predicament with which Apple too is and has been afflicted – ever since Steve Jobs died.

      They came into – actually created – a market that had not existed before they existed – at least certainly not in the form that Bill Gates envisioned and wanted to see become a universal, global reality.

      Apple – similarly – initially – before Gates moved Windows toward its more user friendly graphical user interface face – was the place to be if you wanted user friendly and to be cool.

      Now, they’re not – so much cool – but as my British mother-in-law, when referring to a woman wearing clothes that were “too young for her” used to say becoming more and more, “Mutton dressed as lamb.”

      Thus instead of trying to devastate the competition by indisputably superior, actually – rather than hyped – revolutionary products their penchant for suing every thing in sight and instituting a scorched earth, thermonuclear – approach to competitors.

      Yet, even now, they still have more pizzazz and panache; more cool factor than Microsoft – and certainly – still attract peoples’ attention.

      Microsoft’s core problem is – the one facing this country – a lack of real leadership at the top. When the leader doesn’t really have a clue; when the leader of any organization is out of touch and proud of it – can failure and ruin be far behind?

      • MattEgansHairLine

        Are you trying to say Bush was a better leader than Obama?

        Another fandi fantasist.

  • systemupdate

    let people change the background for heaven’s sake! I just looks boring!
    Put everything in the tile mode! and add pages!

    wtf MS! Listen to people!


  • Data

    “Do you think a stronger Microsoft would benefit you as a mobile user?” – Nope. It’s been 3 years now and Microsoft simply hasn’t done anything interesting to make consumers flock towards WP. It still lacks many of the features & apps found on rival platforms.

    • JosephHindy

      I believe the question asked about the future, not the past bud ;)

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      But if MS were richer, they could bring in more patent lawyers, think of the benefits (sarcasm,) Android would be as expensive as iOS. The patent on 3D printers expires this month, steam trains weren’t significant, until the patent ran out.

  • mustbepbs

    The Windows 8 UI for tablets is super nice. It’s so smooth, multitasking is awesome and quick, browsing with IE is a breeze and has a really cool back feature. If they could translate the Windows 8 UI into a Smartphone, I’d be all over it.

  • Jayfeather787

    Like others said, get rid of the tiles. Second, expand the windows app store. It’s not Microsoft’s fault of that, but it needs to happen. Third, customization. Be able to over clock or flash ROM’s like Android. I want a windows phone to have all the power of a windows computer (almost).


      Even my bathroom tiles looks better than WP tiles.
      Can’t resist mentioning trending topics :P

    • AA :P

      get rid of the tiles ?
      haha, then they wont have anything else left :D

  • Danny

    Go to hell M$hit. 30 years of monopolies is enough

  • Chris Quin

    MS are truly amazing – amazingly stupid. Having spent twenty years improving Windows from the rudimentary Windows 3.1 to the reasonably good, stable, secure and usable Win 7, they thought they would dump 20 years of hard work into the waste bin by introducing the world to the disaster that is Win 8. The reason for this? Apparently so that they could fail to sell tablets and touch screen notebooks.

    I will never – repeat never – use any MS OS past Win 7. If I am forced off the platform by lack of support I will switch to Chrome OS or even, god forbid, OS X

    • Adrian Remus

      With over 10% market share, W8 is not a disaster. I understand you don’t like it but it’s not a disaster.

      Reply me when Chrome OS will reach 10%.

      • RanRu

        Chromebooks consistently occupy the top spots for Amazon’s bestsellerbestseller list in laptops, consistently have better review scores than laptops with other OSes, and are consistently cheaper and therefore more accessible than competitors.

        Chrome OS may not have a large market share right now, but I would be very surprised if it didn’t happen in the near future, especially with more and more OEMs putting resources into the OS.

        • JosephHindy

          Making a bestseller list is a poor measurement for overall market share. A few hundred thousand people buying a Chromebook over the holidays means jack squat when billions of people own a Windows PC. Just because you need to upgrade your chromebook every year and Windows PC owners don’t (Sandy Bridge is still more than good enough for average people and it’s what, 5 years old now?) is actually more indicative of a longer lasting product which is actually more important than “who sold more over Christmas in the year 2013.”

          • stucrmnx120fshwf

            Not much more than a billion, there are already more Android users and it’s only been around, for little more than half a decade. Last year of 1 billion smartphones, 78% were Android. Have you seen how poorly new PC sales are, 4 billion people are not connected to the internet. If you think there going to go with MS, as it is today, your out of your gourd.

          • JosephHindy

            As I’ve stated, people don’t need to upgrade their windows machines. Windows 8 runs on fewer resources and lower specs than 7 or Vista and since Windows 9 will be based on the same architecture (just with a different design), Windows 9 will still run on the same computers from 5 years ago. A computer with a sandy bridge processor and a 600 series NVIDIA card can still play all of today’s games and run most of today’s applications (some higher end game engines might strain it…but not break it). My girlfriend plays Skyrim (on medium settings) on a 500 series NVIDIA card on a computer she bought in 2011. Now tell me, if you had a perfectly functioning computer (laptop or desktop) that still ran every program you threw at it and played every game out there on reasonable settings, why would you need to upgrade? The answer is that you don’t. That’s why PC sales seem like they’re faltering. OEMs and part manufacturers are simply making better, longer lasting products that require fewer upgrades. “Poor sales” is a misnomer, “longer lasting products” is the proper phrasing.

            Something you have to remember is that Microsoft has had more than 85% of the computer market share for years now. Since before Android existed. Since before smartphones existed. They are not the “quickly crumbling, bumbling, idiot company” that people seem to think they are. I guarantee that wave of Chromebook sales have done next to nothing to Microsoft’s market share. Especially since most Chromebook owners also own a Windows PC to run their professional/gaming/business software.

            Microsoft is a strong and worthy competitor to literally everyone else on earth. I can guarantee Google, Apple, and everyone else hasn’t counted out MS as a real competitor like you seem to have in your posting my friend :)

          • stucrmnx120fshwf

            Well I have just installed Media Center for $10 Australian, it’s that cheap, because things like separate media, have caused untold misery. You would scarce believe, what an awful year, I’ve had with win 8 and I spent years and thousands of dollars, at technical college, studying computers. The hard drive light, hasn’t stopped blinking in 2 hours so far. It just stopped, asked me for my password, didn’t accept it the first time, now it’s reloading mouse and keyboard drivers. Now I am defragmenting, that’ll take ages, even though I have a 32 GB RAM, 8 core, PC I am using the 32 bit version. Which can only exploit 3.2 GB of RAM, no libre office, no chrome, I use it to do little else, than configure the modem. It finished defragmenting, but now, the hard drive light is flickering again. It’s worth billions of dollars to compact the software, make it elegant. They need to learn from Xbox, Office 365, take the strain off the hardware, so it can do it’s magic. Ruddy Hades, it’s only just stopped flickering. Maybe I’ll risk 64 bit again someday, now that I have a working Media Center license, but I am really suspicious of it.

          • JosephHindy

            It sounds like you’re having hardware problems, not software problems. Also, running 32-bit software on a 64-bit processor is just asking for problems. All 32-bit software (Windows, Android, iOS, OSX) can only handle so much RAM (I wanna say 4GB), it’s a well known limitation of the architecture on all platforms. Hard drives usually act up if they’re broken or about to break (and you can’t blame mechanical failure on an operating system…it’s like blaming your speakers because your tire went flat). Sorry bud, but no one I know (including myself) has had these kinds of issues and I’ve installed 8 on at least 5 laptops and a desktop personally. It’s either hardware issues or, sad to say, user error. Some people just don’t get how Windows works (particularly Linux fans…those people couldn’t run a Windows machine if you paid them).

          • stucrmnx120fshwf

            It’s not the hard drive, I hadn’t used a Linux operating system till 8 months ago, I’ve been a Microsoft man for a quarter of a century. I spent a year studying Office 97 at technical college, 3 years studying Server 2000. I have a dip elect comp tech net admin spec, I’ve built 200 computers, tested Windows 8 for a year, before it was released. I’ve been using 64 bit Microsoft Server and Windows for 3 years, sounds like you didn’t assemble, any of those computers you loaded, yourself. The only Linux operating system I’ve used, apart from Ubuntu, is Android and it’s given me a heck of a lot less trouble. Ask around the chop shops, they hate windows 8, my A10, with a 120 GB flash drive is still virused. I just got so sick of it, I couldn’t be bothered to spend the $100 to get it fixed. Figured I was enjoying my Nexus 5 and 7 FHD so much, why not focus on them and save up for a UDTV. Coming in 2 weeks, I’m sick of spending thousands of dollars and man hours on Microsoft, for no job and no entertainment.
            64 bit systems emulate 32 fine, it’s easier for them, most windows programs are written in 32 bit. The reason I am pointing out the hard drive, is the bloatware, it’s 10 times the size of Android and self confuses / conflicts. At least the 32 bit is only 15 GBs, instead of 65 GB for 64 bit,

  • wat

    Make a 6 inch phablet with a dock running full windows :D

  • abazigal

    Win8 should definitely be his primary focus.

    I am still not convinced that a unified OS for desktop and mobile is the right way moving forward, but if Microsoft is going ahead with it, Win8 still clearly needs a lot of work.

    I am hoping that since they have already announced Win9, this means that at least have some idea of what is wrong and how to solve it, and simply wish to milk one more upgrade pricing out of consumers.

    • JosephHindy

      Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is free and the upcoming Spring update will also be free.

  • satsmine2k4

    What should Microsoft’s new CEO do to make Windows a true competitor to Android?
    Ans: Abandon Windows Phone

  • RanRu

    Microsoft’s first order of business should be to stop suing everyone and try funding the R&D department instead, and maybe put some cross-licensing agreements in place.

    After that, I think it’s going to take a more holistic approach before the company can significantly improve any one of their services. If they can make someone want to buy a Windows PC or an XBox, and then make Windows Phone easily and tightly integrate with either both of those services, there’s going to be a much stronger argument for buying a Windows Phone.

    Also apps. Soooo many apps.

  • smokebomb

    If nothing else, Microsoft events should be a lot more exciting with a younger guy that’s more technician than businessman doing the speaking. Ballmer was the epitomy of being a stick in the mud.

  • 1078MAC

    Yet another set of articles that are US biased. The strategy is to polish WP and bring it to parity with iOS and Android. It should not can the UI, but refine it. Apps are less of an issue once they combine app stores for W8 and WP8. And a You Tube app is not available because Google has not made one. Regardless the major US media flaw is insisting that WP be like iOS and Android. The platform will grow from the bottom up. MS has to grow the platform to get apps and push carriers to carry more of their products in the US.

    Having said that WP is hardware identical to the other players now. So what is needed is similar software features to their competition and a unified series of phones on all US carriers. But they can’t push that due to market share. It’s interesting because internationally MS will likely do better for awhile before the US catches on.

    Nadellais a safe choice and makes investors comfortable. So maybe Gates and the devices team can focus on pumping out great consumer products.

  • treig

    Claiming that 41 MP camera is big advantage where the size of the sensor is very small is total nonsense when you ask any professional. That just marketing gimmicks. You do not have sufficient sensitivity per area.

  • AA :P

    …you know, just curl up and die already microsoft :P

    If I wanted competition, I’ll take it from tizen or firefox, not from microsoft. I’d like to see them die. had enough of dirty games from them. it’s good to see them turn out like IBM, in the corporate space. Don’t want to see their ugly side in the consumer space.

  • FindingAtlantis

    Why all the hate towards Microsoft? I’m sure 90% of us are running Windows, and some of you on Chromebook too. I love XP, hate Vista/7/8. There is good news because the entire team behind the windows 8 have been let go, so we can expect a halfway decent OS from MS in the future. I’ve owned a Mac OS before, and I saw absolutely no appeal in it. Of course, I don’t expect anyone here to switch to a Windows Phone, but for the sake of keeping iOS the third tier product that it is, I hope Windows Phone succeeds to a level where it’s numbers are at least comparable to the iOS.

    • AA :P

      “Why all the hate towards Microsoft?”
      historical baggage. decades of FUD by microsoft against linux.
      can’t be forgotten in a hurry. i’d much rather see RIM/ tizen/ sailfish/ firefox or any new contender do well than microsoft

  • nishantsirohi123

    good luck MIcrosoft, all the best.
    please team up with Google to kill rotten fruit, that has ruined the whole technology scenario(reason why NFC never took off, and bitcoin has faced backlash)