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.