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Microsoft Dropping the Ball?

Posted by iammarchhare on 3 June 2009

According to Jason Hiner at TechRepublic, there are 2 big trends that MS have dropped the ball on.  He writes in “Sanity check: The two tides that are turning against Microsoft”:

However, Microsoft’s role at the center of the information technology universe is very much in doubt, for two reasons. The first culprit is Microsoft’s own lack of focus and the second is a pair of industry trends that Microsoft is not well-positioned to exploit:

  1. The migration of applications to the Web browser
  2. The rise of the computer phone

I’m not so sure about the first one, but I am personally disappointed on the 2nd count.

I am not sure about the first one because MS has been pushing Windows Live for everything.  There is even an Office Live, which I have to wonder if that doesn’t cut into their pocketbook somewhere.  MS has also launched a beta social networking site called Microsoft Vine.  If you are like me, you’re probably wondering if we really need another social networking site.  However, MS has usually found a way to push out other competitors in the past, so I’m not ready to bet against them.

The smartphone seems to be a different story, though.  When it comes to the smartphone, I want to ask, “What have you done for me lately?”  I mean, where are the hardware enhancements?  Where are the software enhancements?  Where are the bug fixes?

In fact, when my T-Mobile Dash had problems – again! – T-Mobile “upgraded” me to a Blackberry Pearl.  I’m not impressed with the Pearl.  It is more stable, but then again I cannot do half of what I did on my Dash unless I want to pay more!

I’m disappointed in mobile computing in general, but twice so when it comes to MS smartphones.  The capabilities are there.  Windows Mobile is a decent OS, but it needs an upgrade.  The hardware and OS needs to be able to take more memory – easily.  At the moment, the hardware and software is like the 286 with expanded memory.  It works, but only sort of.

The Blackberry, while nice, means dumping my Windows apps and paying more for the same level of service.  Yet, it looks like MS is not going to topple RIM any time soon because they’ve been asleep at the wheel.

4 Responses to “Microsoft Dropping the Ball?”

  1. Mobile Developer said

    I am not exactly clear on what the issue is, but all I know is that my windows mobile phones, both development phones and my personal phones run every app that I need in my personal life as well as on a business level. At the end of the day, tech specs or otherwise, isn’t that is what the goal is? Meaning, applications doing what you need and want.

  2. @Mobile Developer: The competition is more fierce now, and MS has done little to innovate. Again, I ask, “What have you [that is, MS] done for me lately?” Their recent updates have been mostly about bug fixes. Meanwhile, RIM is offering UMA for VOIP. Have you ever tried VOIP on a Smartphone? I have. It is beyond disappointing. In addition to Google’s Android, they have the iPhone to compete with. In the world of technology, you either innovate or you wither away. So, where is the innovation that a giant like MS could provide for the mobile user?

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