When Sears bought Penny's, the comment was it was like two drunks trying help each walk down the street.
This isn't nearly so bad. But we see MS buying out of desperation and fear, and not buying with a confident plan for success.
They'll keep minting money for years with Office and Windows. But can they gain relevance in the mobile world?
I think you have to put this in perspective. Apple and Google had years of a head start. By that token, Windows Phone is doing quite well, actually:
It's at a near 100% year over year growth, and has already passed iphone in new unit sales in places like Mexico, etc. It's also firmly put itself as the third smartphone brand, having basically run blackberry out of the market.
Now, it needs to do more in the US to get adoption, that's true.. but I can't imagine they are wildly disappointed at this point.
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported that at the end of July Windows Phone dominated 8.2 percent of the five major European markets, including the UK, France, and Germany. It has also increased its market share in other countries worldwide, like Australia and Mexico.
"Android and Apple take the lion's share of the headlines and continue to dominate smartphone sales, so it's easy to forget that there is a third operating system emerging as a real adversary," Kantar strategic insight director Dominic Sunnebo said in a statement. "For the first time the platform has claimed the number two spot in a major world market, taking 11.6 percent of sales in Mexico."
The problem with the internet is there is this instant assumption if you aren't #1 in the market right off, you're a flop. Now, I could say that about WindowsRT (which, as members have pointed out, now that we're on Intel's newest generation, I expect thin low power I3 tablets with ease and good battery life running full Win8), but WP8 is, frankly, quite good. And while "it's nearing 8% global sales!" sounds terrible, realize that Android is broken up into a ton of different phone manufacturers; it's 68% isn't really "68%" it's a bunch of 8,9,4, etc. percentages (LG, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and off brands) with Samsung being the most dominant, but you're still dividing that 68% a lot of different directions.