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Thursday 47

Not on your phone

This is rather sad.

It started with Apple.

Apple’s operating systems are based on open source. Apple uses and contributes to open source. And you can install and use open source software on a Mac.
But not on an iPhone.

Microsoft uses and contributes to open source. You can install and use open source software on Windows.
But not on a Windows Phone.

Microsoft: Absolutely No (GPLv3-Or-Compat-Licensed) Free Software for Windows Phone and Xbox Apps

Microsoft chose to forgo a large base of established high quality software for their new platform.

This is about control.

Who gets to control what’s on your computer and phone? Them or you?

For instance, security:
Need to protect information on your mobile devices?
Want to use strong open source encryption?
Not on an iPhone or Windows Phone.
You’ll have to take the security they offer you. And trust them.
Good luck.

Microsoft had a chance with Windows Phone to create a mobile platform that met business needs with easier administration and more innovation than BlackBerry. They just blew it.

Everyone has seen Apple’s billions from consumer dollars. And now everyone chases those billions.

Balmer understands marketing and chases the money. He does not understand computing.
Microsoft has lost enterprise. They have a large installed base but it dwindles. Years of defective and outdated products lost the market. And Microsoft no longer has any advantage on the desktop. The lock-in they once had with Exchange has gone: open source can connect to and replace Exchange. As businesses further rely on open source for enterprise functions they will choose desktop and mobile products that work best with their open source services.

Perhaps Balmer tacitly concedes the business market and refocuses Microsoft to chase consumer dollars.

It looks like we’ll get a bifurcated computer market. Business will use Linux and any open system that can use the tools. Consumers will get media computers, media boxes, and mobile media devices; all closed and hard to control.

Sad.

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