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SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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1/30/2016 | 10:45:01 PM
Re: Not out of the game yet
Why doesn't Microsoft make a no nonsense workplace phone that doesn't have so many distractions and has so many cloud/AI functionalities that makes the employees more inclined towards work and yeilds them results. Like FindTime. It is an amazing app. Why not make a fully functional workplace phone?
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/30/2016 | 12:38:30 PM
Re: Not out of the game yet
@Brian.Dean,

Thank you for your comment.

You're right, it only takes one good succes to get on the map. I think the same way Microsoft has targetted their surface portoflio towards productivity might be where they find succes with their smartphone line.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/30/2016 | 12:32:39 PM
Re: Not out of the game yet
@tzubair,

It is a vicious cycle, and it not only occurs in the mobile space. In the video game industry Nintendo is going through a similar motion, where third part developers have opted to not support it. But I think what Nintendo is doing that Microsoft shoudl emulate is create really good quality games that generate enough buzz to get developers interetested.

So if Microsoft were able create apps that knock it out of the park than it would definitly get it in the radar. Blacberry had the messenger app and the keyboard (aside from the security) that made users be loyal.

One Lumia had a phenomenal Camera that really did provide the level of use the enthusiest were looking for.
ianlee74
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1/30/2016 | 12:20:54 PM
Probably could have sold 9M Lumias...
If they'd actually had inventory of the new Lumia 950XLs to sell. I was on the waiting list for most of the quarter. It wasn't until 2016 that they actually had a device available in the store to sell me. By then I'd read enough and the holiday season had impacted my wallet enough that I'd talked myself out of it at the price it was going to take. On day one, I'would have eagerly handed over the $700 w/o any other consideration if I'd been able to.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/30/2016 | 12:17:50 PM
Re: Enterprise sales?
@melgross,

I will admit that at the enterprise level Windows Phone has little to no footprint. In fact the few that did have Windows Phones jumped to Iphone/Android since they needed certain apps and features that weren't aware on windows.
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1/30/2016 | 11:06:24 AM
Re: Enterprise sales?
Exactly. I can'r remember the last time I even saw a Windows phone in the workplace. I can't remember even seeing one the last time I was in the Verizon Store...
progman2000
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1/30/2016 | 11:01:00 AM
Re: Not out of the game yet
The Windows Phone is dead. Microsoft should save any energy they planned on gearing towards the phone on focus on the tablet market before that slips through their fingers too.
tzubair
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1/30/2016 | 10:48:00 AM
Re: Enterprise sales?
"Who, in the enterprise, is buying Win Phone? Why would they? As has been shown year after year, Win Phone lags even Android in security. It also has the least enterprise features of the other platforms. So, what would be the point? And why support a platform that is dying? Large organizations just don't do that."

@melgross: That's a valid point. As of this point, Microsoft does lack certain features like security which would put the enterprise users off. But the enterprise segment does represent an oppotunity which MS can captialize on if it improves the products to suit their need. It has connections in the enterprise through the Office suits and other apps and what it needs is better products to up sell phones to these customers.
tzubair
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tzubair,
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1/30/2016 | 10:42:02 AM
Re: Not out of the game yet
 

"And as has been reported, Microsoft's Windows phone guy, has been using an iPhone. So it seems as though even Microsoft thinks the game is over."

 

@melgross: He's also said to have mentioned the reason behind this - he wanted to try out other platforms to see what they bring in and where the windows phone experience lacks. Microsoft has recently allowed people to start using whatever devices they want to use after Nadella took over.
tzubair
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tzubair,
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1/30/2016 | 10:29:35 AM
Re: Not out of the game yet
 

"I think Microsoft feels that if it does not capture an acceptable size of the smartphone market then, its productivity software/business might come under fire."

 

@Brian: I don't think that's likely to happen. On the contrary, what Microsoft should be doing is to push the smartphone business through the software business. It needs to develop better version of its own apps like Office an Exchange to show the users of how productive the platform is. Almost everyone is a fan of Office and the Exchange and they'd want the same experience on the phone. Having something exclusive for Windows Phones is what might attract more users.
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