Microsoft faces Android juggernaut

A killer Microsoft smartphone may always be out of reach. And Microsoft should understand this better than anyone.

Toshiba's TG01 Phone is slick, but it runs Windows, not Android, and that's a problem.

(Credit: Microsoft)

Manufacturers and consumers of highly interactive computing devices--be they PCs or smartphones--naturally congregate around a common, widely supported operating system. Of course, that has been Windows or Apple software in the personal computing--i.e., laptop/desktop--world. Now it's Google's Android and Apple's iPhone OS in the smartphone space.

The instant demise of Microsoft's Kin phone is one facet of the challenge Microsoft faces. The broader issue is that Redmond is up against the same kind of juggernaut in smartphones that it created (and still maintains) in PCs.

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