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Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

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Smart watches seem to have fizzled out before they even took off........why need smartwatch when you can do everything on smartphone?

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cough Apple Newton.

True dat. Although Newton was so early, I'd count it in the PDA category, with Palms and iPAQs (starting with a lowercase i, but not affiliated with Apple).

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Apple has never been worried about marketshare in any of its markets.

That's why they introduced the concept of iPhone 5c - C for China.

Profit margin (consistently 40%+ across the board.

And so does Exxon, and MS with Office. Doesn't help the rest of us.

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Technologies that Microsoft did first, but Apple or Google did a better job selling: Tablet, called Courier, never went live>

cough

Apple Newton.

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(iOS is something like 80% of all mobile traffic)

http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportOperatingSystems.htm

Breakdown per OS version, mobile

(only figures at/above 0.38% included)

(Apple - 22.41%, Android - 12.44%, Mobile other - 1.09%, Windows - 0.59%)

http://www.netmarketshare.com/

Mobile/Tablet Browser Market Share September, 2014

(Safari 44.63%, Chrome + Android 42.18%, Opera Mini 7.11%, IE 2.38%)

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@FishForest

Just wait for Apple to do a giant iPad table and claim "First!"

Where all others failed was... drum roll... SOFTWARE. iOS is based on the rock-solid OS X framework, not sh*tty Windows. The Courier was a great idea, but DOA.

@lostrune2

Ya have to look at Europe: http://www.wpcentral.com/kantar-windows-phone-slow-steady-sales-europe-10-percent

To give ya an idea how 10% feels like, that's about Mac's share in computers.

Ah yes, that old chestnut. The difference being, of course, WP's global market share is around the 2.5% mark. Apple has never been worried about marketshare in any of its markets. There are only two factors they care about:

How much their products get used (iOS is something like 80% of all mobile traffic) Profit margin (consistently 40%+ across the board. The same couldn't be said for the likes of HP & Dell (both at sub-9%).
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How many people do you know or see around that use Windows phone? Me: none.

Ya have to look at Europe:

http://www.wpcentral.com/kantar-windows-phone-slow-steady-sales-europe-10-percent

To give ya an idea how 10% feels like, that's about Mac's share in computers.

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CGB: we are in agreement. This will fail before it's released.

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Microsoft... Aren't they working out of Elbonia now? Will I have to buy antivirus software to prevent my smart watch from being hacked, or infected?

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Microsoft feels like a big, stagnant elderly for whom it is time to retire in the software world. They just don't have the innovation and reputation for cutting it. How many people do you know or see around that use Windows phone? Me: none.

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Commercial multi-touch screen, in a Surface table

Two decades after table-format arcade games bombed.

Here's a statement on Microsoft's "me-too!" complex from Family Guy:

<www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW6u0PP7vro>

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Technologies that Microsoft did first, but Apple or Google did a better job selling:

The smartwatch Mapping service: TerraServer in 1998, MapPoint application 2000 Tablet, called Courier, never went live Commercial multi-touch screen, in a Surface table

Just wait for Apple to do a giant iPad table and claim "First!".

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Actually, Microsoft made a smartwatch back in 2004. Nobody noticed.

http://www.smartwatchnews.org/2004-microsoft-spot-watch-smartwatch/

Except maybe for David Pogue who made fun of it in his "Simplicity sells" talk.

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_pogue_says_simplicity_sells/transcript?language=en

By the way, one of his issues with the SPOT watch was charging it every day. Like the upcoming Apple watch.

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