05-21-2015 11:49 PM
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  1. rhapdog's Avatar
    FYI, the Disney CEO sits on Apple's board of directors as well.
    Yeah, that speaks volumes more than the small amount of time it would take to recompile.
    05-15-2015 04:23 PM
  2. syspry's Avatar
    Here's a classic example of what many of us are saying -

    I'm going to Disney World this week. Neither the My Disney Experience of Universal Studios official apps are available on WP. There's 3rd party alternatives but they're terrible and lack most booking functions available on the official apps. Now what do you think the odds are that management at companies like WDW will say "hey did you guys look at this new easier porting feature? Let's do it!" before WP gains a significant number of users and also commit to maintaining it to keep it current afterwards?

    That's the conundrum. WP needs users to get these guys on board but it needs these guys on board to get users. Easy porting isn't the solution. There's only one way to make this happen and it's the only way that's stood the test of time throughout history: money talks. MS is going to be forced to offer flagship level devices at entry level prices to coerce more people in non-developing nations away from Apple and Android. That means $0 on contract too because most people are apparently quite willing to swallow $200-$300 on a 2 year contract. It's also going to mean an end finally to carrier exclusives and a massive, and I mean massive marketing campaign to tell everyone in the US and EU they can get a flagship WP device for $0 on contract. How do you think Hyundai got where it is against the lockdown on Asian imports Honda and Toyota had? Cost. Hyundai offered vehicles comparable to a Honda or Toyota for much less and people jumped all over them (disclaimer: I personally would buy a Honda over a Hyundai any day of the week but there's millions who won't care)

    Apple and Android are too deeply entrenched now to upset this duopoly with anything short of drastic measures. And it's not like either company is simply standing still while challenges are being made by others. As of last week I've updated two android devices to the latest patches and can personally attest to you that this is the fastest, most polished and nicely featured version of Android I've ever seen them produce and they aren't giving any indication of slowing down. People want to save money, this is where MS needs to put its focus. They need to offer at least equally attractive devices at much lower prices. Speaking as one of those people who will swallow $200+ on a 2 year contract, I still wouldn't be lured away because of the lack of apps, but I'm sure there are millions who would
    05-15-2015 05:16 PM
  3. KarmaEcrivain94's Avatar
    Here's a classic example of what many of us are saying -

    I'm going to Disney World this week. Neither the My Disney Experience of Universal Studios official apps are available on WP. There's 3rd party alternatives but they're terrible and lack most booking functions available on the official apps. Now what do you think the odds are that management at companies like WDW will say "hey did you guys look at this new easier porting feature? Let's do it!" before WP gains a significant number of users and also commit to maintaining it to keep it current afterwards?

    That's the conundrum. WP needs users to get these guys on board but it needs these guys on board to get users. Easy porting isn't the solution. There's only one way to make this happen and it's the only way that's stood the test of time throughout history: money talks. MS is going to be forced to offer flagship level devices at entry level prices to coerce more people in non-developing nations away from Apple and Android. That means $0 on contract too because most people are apparently quite willing to swallow $200-$300 on a 2 year contract. It's also going to mean an end finally to carrier exclusives and a massive, and I mean massive marketing campaign to tell everyone in the US and EU they can get a flagship WP device for $0 on contract. How do you think Hyundai got where it is against the lockdown on Asian imports Honda and Toyota had? Cost. Hyundai offered vehicles comparable to a Honda or Toyota for much less and people jumped all over them (disclaimer: I personally would buy a Honda over a Hyundai any day of the week but there's millions who won't care)

    Apple and Android are too deeply entrenched now to upset this duopoly with anything short of drastic measures. And it's not like either company is simply standing still while challenges are being made by others. As of last week I've updated two android devices to the latest patches and can personally attest to you that this is the fastest, most polished and nicely featured version of Android I've ever seen them produce and they aren't giving any indication of slowing down. People want to save money, this is where MS needs to put its focus. They need to offer at least equally attractive devices at much lower prices. Speaking as one of those people who will swallow $200+ on a 2 year contract, I still wouldn't be lured away because of the lack of apps, but I'm sure there are millions who would
    Disney is a very bad example, because they were actually on Microsoft's List of software partners for Windows 10 Apps.
    05-15-2015 05:39 PM
  4. syspry's Avatar
    Disney is a very bad example, because they were actually on Microsoft's List of software partners for Windows 10 Apps.
    Point still stands
    05-15-2015 05:43 PM
  5. ScrubbyXD's Avatar
    They already tried this with Verizon and AT&T and failed. While I might agree the flagship is a potential "way in" in the US, it is not so elsewhere. Mainly due to the fact the US is the only country that I know of that does the "phones on contract" subsidy. Elsewhere in the world a high value phone period will sell just fine. In the EU especially WP is growing because the the carriers are offering thier own store and some are not even offering the play store. This makes windows phones a superior experience. In India (again) android phones are cheaper but often offer apps through a carrier store with little to no Google services. WP can make gains here also by giving a superior value. When it comes to China the young rich are actually buying apple products but the majority are android phones using carrier and manufacturer app stores. These phones usually are low cost using the MTK processors that are not supported by WP. Gains here will only happen when WP supports MTK and other chip sets. Bringing MTK into the fold would be huge for China but their hands are contractually tied to Qualcomm. Their main way in is to go around the contract and offer ROMs for devices with MTK chips, which they are doing. Nadella was handed a stinker here but we will see how Microsoft manages.

    Again keep in mind despite those andoid market share numbers Google services are not offered on a majority of those devices outside the US. This means Google is making nothing off these phones and getting next to no data.
    05-15-2015 06:03 PM
  6. Luuthian's Avatar
    It's still market share at the end of the day.

    You have to give MS kudos for doing what they can on the programmer end of things to make app transitioning easier. It does help. The real problem is that the general public is not excited to own a Windows Phone, period. They don't want one. Worse, word of mouth has already made the rounds that the devices have no apps, so now the platform is plagued by a perception that could easily change if only more people used it.

    MS is just being MS. Marketing has never been in their blood. They've always depended on partners to sell their products for them. Now that they're trying to wrestle some control away from those partners they need to get people engaged and excited to buy a windows phone on their own.

    The market share problem is purely Microsoft's, not their partners, and it's unfortunately both their largest problem and the one their least familiar with tackling. I just wish they'd spend more time and money on advertising and promotions... I was in new york a couple years ago and they were advertising Surface all over freaking Times Square... Where the heck is that same marketing love for Windows Phone!? :(
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    05-15-2015 10:32 PM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The market share problem is purely Microsoft's, not their partners, and it's unfortunately both their largest problem and the one their least familiar with tackling. I just wish they'd spend more time and money on advertising and promotions... I was in new york a couple years ago and they were advertising Surface all over freaking Times Square... Where the heck is that same marketing love for Windows Phone!? :(
    Microsoft needs to do more Windows Phone ads with Ben the PC guy. Those were great.
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    05-15-2015 10:39 PM
  8. Owen Dugmore's Avatar
    Microsoft needs to do more Windows Phone ads with Ben the PC guy. Those were great.
    I hadn't heard of him so I did a quick search... Why don't they do ads like this anymore?? This is good stuff!
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-21-2015 11:49 PM
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