Try as it may, Microsoft simply can’t compete in a smartphone market still dominated by Apple’s iPhone and an assortment of Android handsets. As part of the company’s Q4 2015 earnings report, the company disclosed that it sold just 4.5 million Lumia phones during the busy holiday quarter. By way of contrast, Microsoft in the same quarter a year-ago sold 10.5 million units, a staggering 57% drop.
At this point, it seems as if the iPhone has caught more ‘cheaters’ than Joey Greco. Its most recent victim? Why none other than Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore. Currently the company’s Corporate VP of Operating Systems, Belfiore is primarily known for heading up the company’s Windows Phone division.
Currently on a 9-month sabbatical, Belfiore was recently traveling through Kyoto, Japan and published a tweet that, upon further inspection, was sent from an iPhone.
By any measure one might consider, Microsoft’s Windows platform for smartphones has been a failure. While one delusional market research firm tried to convince the world that Microsoft would rule the mobile market and surpass Android’s market share at some point in 2013, the rest of us recognized that there wasn’t much of an opening with Android and iOS dominating the market so handily. Today, Windows’ mobile market share sits in the low single digits. The very low single digits. At last count, Gartner said Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone market was around 1.7%.
With Microsoft’s mobile boss Stephen Elop having been pushed out shortly after the Nokia deal and longtime Windows Phone trumpeter Joe Belfiore taking a year off, it’s safe to say Windows Phone isn’t where Microsoft wants it to be right now. But according to CEO Satya Nadella, Windows’ mobile failure doesn’t really matter. More →
Microsoft is doing a lot of things right these days and not just in the realm of enterprise software and services that have traditionally been its main strength. It’s shown that it can have a very competitive hardware business thanks to not just gaming consoles like the Xbox One but also with touchscreen laptops like the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. However, there’s one serious weak spot in Microsoft’s lineup that shows no signs of getting better anytime soon: Smartphones. More →
Steve Ballmer hasn’t been the CEO of Microsoft for a while now but he can’t seem to keep his mouth shut about how the company is being run. Bloomberg reports that Ballmer got feisty with Microsoft’s current leadership team during an annual shareholder meeting this week by criticizing the company’s smartphone strategy, among other things. More →
Windows Phones aren’t exactly in-demand items these days but they’re still very solid devices that are worth picking up at the right price. One such device, the Nokia Lumia 635, is a GoPhone for AT&T that regularly costs $99.99, but with 60% off, you can grab it for just $39.99 on Amazon through August 15th. Even better, the Lumia 635 is Prime eligible, which means you get free two-day shipping. More →
It’s almost tragic how Microsoft, with a multi-year head start in the mobile phone market, was completely blindsided by the iPhone. Indeed, it’s somewhat easy to forget that Microsoft, going as far back as 2000, was already putting incarnations of Windows Mobile on PDAs and smartphones.
Even more mind-boggling is that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, even after Apple showed the world where the smartphone market was headed, naively laughed off the notion that the iPhone might pose a strategic threat.
Microsoft’s dreams of competing with iOS and Android in the mass consumer smartphone market are officially dead. Microsoft on Wednesday announced a major restructuring of its hardware division that will include layoffs of 7,800 employees “primarily in the phone business.” Instead of trying to appeal to the mass market, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Wednesday that the company is narrowing its focus to three distinct markets. More →
Windows Phone users haven’t had a lot to brag about lately, but they’re about to get something that will make Android users positively jealous. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is taking over the update process for Windows Phones from carriers starting with Windows 10 this fall, which means Windows Phone users will no longer have to wait for months on end to get the newest software. More →
Five months after the release of the mobile Office suite for iOS, Microsoft is finally bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to its own Windows Phone users. On Monday, Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team, took to the Office Blogs to announce that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 would hit phones by the end of the month. More →
Microsoft is still playing catch-up with its mobile business, being a distant third to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. That means many people choose an Android handset or an iPhone even though their desktop operating system of choice might be Windows.
While Microsoft is currently building a brand new version of Windows that should offer an even more cohesive experience on phones and desktops, Windows fans who don’t want to purchase Lumia or other Windows Phone devices would be better off buying an iPhone than an Android device.
In fact, in certain cases they might be better off buying iPhone instead of a Windows Phone model. More →
When I look at what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone right now, all I can think of is the straggler Japanese soldiers who kept trying to fight World War II even though their government had already surrendered. With Windows Phone, Microsoft isn’t just fighting a losing war, it’s fighting a war that’s already been lost. Nonetheless, a new report in The Wall Street Journal shows that Microsoft is still clinging to hope that Windows Phone will become a relevant mobile platform… if we just give it at least another six months or so. More →