incrediBILL - 2:10 pm on Jul 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
Absolutely agree MS is late to the mobile market.
They aren't late, they were way ahead of their time actually.
The market didn't exist when they were pushing their earlier wares and now the time is ripe because the technology has caught up with long lasting batteries, hi-res screens, wifi, 3G, SDD, you name it and it's all converging now.
MS had cell phone software Windows CE in 2001 also release as "Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002" - when was the first iPhone released, 2007?
The problem is MS never made it *COOL* and by the time the technology all converged to make the ultra-cool gadgets happen, MS and all their hardware vendors had convinced themselves (IMO) prematurely that the mass market didn't exist so they we ignoring it based on being way too early to the party.
Remember, I had a touch screen tablet in my hands (8x10 sized device) for development purposes for several weeks back around '91, this stuff ain't new, and back then it wasn't cheap.
Lotus eventually dismembered their pen tablet computing group that same year and the lead programmer went to work for MS.
why is microsoft worried about what a consumer gadget company is doing.
Billions of dollars at stake.
Why do they have Xbox? Zune? Win 7 phones?
If MS can't produce software for all their hardware vendors like Dell, Gateway, HP, etc. then they'll lose that business to Android or like HP recently did, simply buy a software source.
Being first doesn't always make a market and in the iPad instance MS was so early they missed it by 2 decades!