Microsoft talks Surface resistance, low market share, and Nokia deal


Today, Microsoft’s annual Financial Analyst Meeting took place, and as company execs talked about investment, performance, and the future, we’ve been hearing a few scattered news reports on topics relevant to us and our mobile focus.

Steve Ballmer may be on the way out, but today he was in old form at the shareholder meeting. He offered some surprisingly frank comments on Windows Phone’s inability to grab a substantial chunk of the market, but doesn’t think that means the platform is dead, saying, “I’m an optimistic guy. Any time we have low market share sounds like upside opportunity to me.”

As for Nokia, Ballmer framed the deal in the context of enabling Microsoft to take best advantage of those opportunities for growth, streamlining the whole process from software to hardware and getting models into the hands of those customers Windows Phone sorely needs.

We also hear from Microsoft’s COO Kevin Turner. Turner mirrored some of Ballmer’s comments about platform adoption as well, calling WP8 a “distant” third. Additionally, he shares some thoughts on last year’s introduction of the first Surface models, noting that Microsoft’s involvement with hardware caused “consternation” amongst its OEM partners. In light of recent rumors that Microsoft may be trying to kill Nokia’s own tablet plans, we can’t help but find that the slightest bit ironic.

Source: Microsoft, Paul Thurrott 1,2 (Twitter)
Via: WPCentral, BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!