It's fun to pretend to be Steve Ballmer, think of the biggest lie I could tell people vs. what I'd actually do to screw consumers, and continually be proven right.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
One more thing: This is great news for Android and Apple.
Microsoft has single-handedly tanked their phone sales for the next three+ months. Some people will be naive and buy the soon to be discontinued Win7 phones, a few will wait around for the new phones, but most people will just buy Android or Apple.
I haven't seen a move that bad since Nokia announced no one should buy their phones until they develop a new product.
Today’s news may hinder Windows Phone sales for the next few months, but they weren’t selling anyway.
This is HUGE news no matter how you slice it, and I think it puts Microsoft in an EXCELLENT position moving forward. The number of apps for the platform is going to explode in the next few months and over time, I think consumers are going to want a consistent experience across their phones / consoles / tablets / and PCs. Microsoft just did that, and laid the groundwork to leapfrog Apple and Google in the process.
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Uh, how is this any different from what is usually done with most iOS and Android devices?
How many old phones do you see with ICS for example? Smart Phone market is geared for replacing phones every two years, if not sooner and the Android market especially is very fragmented because of this as there are phones that don't even have Gingerbread still being sold.
Mind the older Windows Phone devices don't have the hardware to fully take advantage of WP8. Like some don't even have a microSD because of the previous mounting issue problems. While it's not like the older phones will just stop working and just like the older Android phone users people can continue to use them until they are ready to upgrade.
I totally agree with Marco, apple and google is trying the same thing with their cloud services but Microsoft has taken it one step further.
>> Uh, how is this any different from what is usually done with most iOS and Android devices?
Every time Apple made a hardware announcement that antiquated there current model, the new model was on sale within just a couple of weeks. You generally don't see any major Android phone announced unless the manufacturer is shipping, or doesn't have a current handset on the market.
This is a great move by MS. Both my wife and myself have moved away from apple to use Android which we both find so much better and easier. I was about to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy 3 but i will wait now for this windows phone because it looks like it would be very good for my needs.
Most people don't buy on what's coming out but what's there in front of them at the store. While prices of Windows Phones have already started dropping and the new phones will likely cost significantly more when they come out.
Also the release of WP 7.8 means older users aren't being immediately dropped as is usually the case with other Smart Phones when the new model gets introduced.
Besides, it would have ticked off their customers more by doing it at the last minute and they're still trying to grow customer loyalty, which can be more important than any temporary drop in sales. Along with the fact it means more people will be ready to get the WP8 phones when they come out and that's also more important than continuing to sell the older models.
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