So it has now come to the point where Microsoft’s silence on Mobile has become this cancerous spot affecting coverage around Windows.
Did it have to go this way? No.
To recap: On Thursday, Microsoft released its earnings for the quarter and the phone sales were null. So the last nail was pushed into the coffin of Windows Phone (with weird glee by some Windows watchers).
Anyway, Peter Bright of Ars Technica wrote about the Surface (Redmond’s computer brand) and how the company was repeating the same mistake it did with Nokia Lumia. Basically ignoring momentum for sake of alienating OEM partners.
Bright argued that Microsoft needs to decide if it’s serious about devices because the hemming and hawing dooms the effort. It was a very alarmist peice which was followed by a more reasoned one by Paul Thurrott. Thurrott countered by saying the Surface brand wasn’t in trouble because Windows Phone was doomed from birth (paraphrased to retain content saltiness).
The thing is both are right but that’s beside the point. The point is silent treatment going on is hurting the Windows platform; and from this enthusiast’s slash armchair analyst perch will only cause more problems.