>> Windows Mobile does not account for a substantial amount of revenue for the company
Okay, I'm going to reveal a secret. This might be shocking, but: Microsoft is not in the business of selling Windows to consumers.
MS sells most copies of Windows with new PCs for $25 to OEMs. Still, Windows is not their core product; their core product is the Windows API.
Back when Microsoft was *really* smart (i.e. when Bill was running the show), MS even gave up free copies to piracy just to increase marketshare against would-be competitors. The genius is that you get people locked into your API and collect the money from people building PCs, they must license it or get sued . Who cares about the relatively minor number of people building their own PCs - you can use TPM to lock them out completely at a later date.
Giving away Windows Mobile would be the *perfect* strategy for them now, as long as they make the licensing so that they can charge carriers $5 a phone for later versions... the second they become a monopoly in that market. That shouldn't take long, with their acquisitions of Yahoo and "original" web services all slowly but surely locking everything down to the Windows API.
And no, it's only paranoia if it's not true. :)
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
I will love to see a BSOD in the windows phone 7, that would be hillarious...
Dude what happen, did your carrier dropped the call? nah bro my cell phone got the BSOD... to be continued!
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I don't even think at $20 anyone will cry for spilled milk. Look at how much the original iPhone cost vs actual cost after parts and labor. And they are making bookoo money from that.
No I agree with 3vi1 that was the genius of Bill Gates. Yes there were other things, but the main thing was it locked everyone, or at least a very large percentage in. Then as anyone who does anything which requires any kind of paperwork, or presentations, or even spreadsheets or numbers work knows Office is required. Yes you can use other things, but the largest number of customers and individuals won't be able to see it if it is not in office.
Office and various applications is therefore where they make there money. Drooping Windows phones on the providers for 5-15 dollars does many things for Microsoft. First locks in the API as well as the application which predominately use this API, and will not work with anything else. So they just like Windows would be selling for the future premium, which I can almost promise you they will make mad money on, which is much like the iPhone if you look at it.
What is Apples most used product secondary devices (specifically the iPhone and iTunes player's as well as soon to be seen the pad), there PC's cover a handful of the actual market. Therefore they make there money with nickels and dimes (they just had a contest for the 10 millionth song downloaded so how much have they made), not to mention the amounts they made of their devices.
Yes ther PC business is there but even 2 grand time 5-7% (depending on who you believe) of the market is nothing. There is one thing worth more than any of this though recognition. Which is where the Apple market and M$ strategy differs. Windows is already the worlds default, there future just relies on digging further in. Which is exactly what this phone does for them.
So they could give it away for free, in 10 years not only will most people be using PC's at work and home, they will also have it in there pocket 24/7/365.
Wow never knew bill gates was in to piracy :D lol.Giving it for free is the wise decision and i would loive to have my pc in my pockets 24/7/365
Microsoft does not do 'FREE'.
They never will. They SHOULD have with Win-7 to those of us that paid for nasty-ass Vista, but they failed to do the right thing then, so they won't do it now.
They want your money, nothing else.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
The only thing you forgot realneil is your money and for you to follow them like lost puppies which most of the world does, just ask 3vi1!
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