Originally Posted by 200hpAltima
I just wish they were wise in their choice of OS. Nuff' said.
I accept your opinion and not trying to persuade you into liking the OS.
But I disagree with it. I love the OS and you hate it, that's that. I'm glad more companies are putting their hands in the WP basket because it gives options to people and might cause more market visibility. But if I were to own a WP8 device, it would be a Nokia. The Lumia line is too solid in performance and package to substitute.
But taking some personal bias(emotion?) out of the equation and looking at it from a business stand point, WP has a lot of momentum going for it. There's no indication of it slowing down and with the small history of the market there is no way to predict the long term future. Some analysts are claiming WP will have more market share than iOS by 2016. I think that's a bold statement, but saying anything else in such a volatile uncertain market that far out is just as bold.
The majority of people, whether techies or gamers have used the interface with XBL and W8 whether they realize it or not. W8 is having the most problems because people see it as a touch screen/tablet OS when its just as usable with mouse/keyboard (which I actually prefer). I think W8 is much more user friendly than any previous iteration bar none, but that's a different topic.
Then there is the BYOD in enterprise where Android has caused nothing but headaches and security issues. Most android users end up having to carry a 2nd device (RiM's last hope). WP is poised to take a huge share. All MS has to do is outdo iOS in enterprise/byod while slowly gaining market share, which they should be able to do with no problem since they own the back end of the infrastructure. The only option Apple has is to buy RiM, but it would be a huge gamble to take on MS in that field.
Either way, there's very little chance of WP being gone in 5 years. Nokia on the other hand could be (or will probably be absorbed by MS) if the next year doesn't treat them well. I think their clinging on to Symbian is their problem. As excellent as that OS is, nobody outside of Asia/small parts of Europe seem to know it.
And also, as an android or iOS fan, you should want a stronger 3rd party in the market and WP8 is the only real option at the moment. Stronger competition means better phones and better pricing on all sides.