Microsoft wasted away many years while it held the top position in the mobile handset business.

Reminds us of their position in Internet Explorer:

I feel Microsoft wasted away many years while it held the top position in the mobile handset business. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently told analysts that, ”It was a tough year on succeeding with phones, mostly our own issues, frankly.”  (via The Washington Post). Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices business, was more candid, and admitted to problems with Microsoft’s mobile strategy in a meeting with financial analysts and investors. Bach reported that Microsoft’s share of the mobile phone operating system market had declined despite the fact that volumes were up a tad. Microsoft claimed that 20 million Window Mobile phones were sold in 2008.

via Is Google’s Android Killing Windows Mobile?.

And then some parallels to search– where the competition basically boils down to the two biggest companies in tech:

So while there is a lot of focus on Apple vs. Google, the real battle is actually between Microsoft Windows Mobile and Google Android. It looks like Google has drawn its first blood.

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