re: Windows Phone 8: What Microsoft Needs To Compete
I really liked your headline and have been thinking about the same subject. I run a Windows IT shop for a small logistics company 175 employees. It really hurt us when the Microsoft screwed-the-pooch on mobile and only now is trying to recover. I would like to login and see a version of my business or personal desktop on my phone, on my tablet and my desktop. I am not talking virtual destop, I am hoping for three separate OSs that work together via a common clould connection. My three desktops (Phone, Tab and Desktop) should be formated to support different screen sizes (Sort of Small, Medium and Large). This would require some kind of common cloud configuration tool for the three platforms, but I think MS could manage that complexity. It would be a hit with both business and consumers. Common to all would be some version of Outlook, with contacts, calendars, reminders and to do's. It would also support MS Office Suite of documents on all three platforms. Common access to files for each of the platforms would also be an imparative.
This tri-platform combo would make switching from business to personal very easy. I know there are some applications that would not be available across platforms. Howerver, as more application capabilities are transfered into private cloud applications, local platform horsepower will be less and less an issue.
So my phone desktop, my tab desktop and my office desktio will all have common elements tied together by Outlook dot come or some other slick MS service farm. This the true promise of Microsoft Windows.