Microsoftâ€™s Chief Information Officer, Tony Scott, has been talking to Business Standard in India, and he sounded pretty confident about Microsoftâ€™s chances in the mobile space.
Noting no-one else has the breath of services or touched as many consumers in as many ways as Microsoft, he also noted that Microsoft has a history of displacing incumbents.
Lotus 123 was the dominant spreadsheet at one point of time; a different browser was the interesting one at one time. So, Microsoft has become the player of choice. This speaks of the breadth and amount of R&D that Microsoft does â€“ We spend $9 billion on creating products and new spaces every year. So letâ€™s have some fun.
He called the domination of the smartphone word by players like Android, Apple and RIM a temporary issue.
I think itâ€™s a temporary issue. I donâ€™t put a lot of face and snapshot and time into what is going on. On a global basis, I see what is growing and what is shrinking. Text messaging is the fastest-growing on simple phones part of the mobile market. Thatâ€™s where growth is. The smart phone part of the market, or the premium market, is in the downward part of the market. It will not be there for a long time in the future.
People want something thatâ€™s simple. The design goal for the Windows Phone 7 is that with rich experience you get simple stuff easily. Great keyboard or touch or both â€“ so you can have that. It is too early to talk about dominating, but Iâ€™m excited about it. Android coming into the market says there is room for more innovation and we see ourselves playing a role in that space. People talked about the iPhone and thought that was the end of the world for OS. Windows Phone 7 will prove there is more room for innovation.
Read the full article at Business Standard here.
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