It’s this part of the year yet again: a stupid, boring New Year’s eve party straight ahead, and loads and loads of thoughts rotting in the brain of yours truly. As usual, this is the time for our “New Year’s eve” post series – what has happened in the industry this year?
Looking at the market in general, we see little except for stagnation: except for Palm, nobody really did anything of significance this year.
In the beginning of the year, Microsoft seemed to be hell-bent on killing itself: stunts like the Nokia gang-up, these Pink phones and the Zune HD can easily be considered the single largest threat to the ecosystem – after all, no hardware manufacturer wants to compete directly with the OS vendor.
However, Steve Ballmer is not dumb. He now seems to be aware of the situation, and – what I hear – is hard at work improving it. By cleverly merging the departments in the company, he can create a kickass behemoth much more powerful than Apple…it’s all a question of management and governmental regulations.
For the WMS, the future IMHO looks bad – as Symbian has given up on non-touchscreen devices, Microsoft (whose stake in the market is much smaller) is very likely to follow suite.
For WM, on the other hand, well – not much to worry about…
P.S. If you are interested in other platforms, hit the links below – our sister sites contain similar editorials:
2009@TamsPalm – from a Palm head’s point of view
2009@TamsS60 – will openness prevail?
2009@TamsIJungle – in an Apple’s peel
2009@TamsBlackBerry – on the RIM of destruction due to boredom?