Seven Issues Making Life Difficult for Windows Phone 7
Can Microsoft over come the odds and make Windows Phone 7 a success?
The emphasis that Microsoft is putting on its Windows 7 initiative-and its importance-became clearer when CEO Steve Ballmer said that the company is preparing a version of the operating system for tablet computers.
I wrote a story that was posted this week-and subsequently turned into a slide show-suggesting that there are a number of inherent challenges to Windows Phone 7, such as a potential dearth of developers and the lack of sway with both device makers and the absence of an end-to-end ecosystem. Of course, this is computers: On any given question, some people take one side, and some the other.
There is no reason things should go more easily in the tablet sector than in the smartphone arena. Essentially, Microsoft will face the same disadvantages and hurdles.
NewsFactor quotes IDC analyst Al Hilwa as warning Microsoft that the tablet, if it is too Windows-like, could cannibalize Windows PC sales. I don't fully agree. Of course, a perfect world for Microsoft would be to retain its strength in the PC category while growing in the tablets. But internal cannibalization is a good thing if the assumption is that customers are migrating from the desktop anyway.
It is also important to remember that this is not just Microsoft versus Apple. There are a number of good tablets around, some of which are highlighted at Know Your Mobile. The mobilization of the world continues, and Microsoft continues to prove that it has a tremendous amount of catching up to do.