Ballmer promises third ecosystem glory is just around the corner... again

Ballmer promises third ecosystem glory is just around the corner... again

Is it just me or is Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer coming across more and more like a talent-challenged reality show contestant? “I know I can do it – please give me another chance. You won't regret it. Let me do a different song...”

Ballmer was at it again this week when he used the launch event for Windows 8 in Tel Aviv to once again roll out the same promises about its OS cousin Windows Phone 8 that he's been making for more than a year now.

We had the third ecosystem reference, we had the anyday-now promise in terms of sales really taking off, and we had the name-dropping of the three mobile musketeers – Nokia, Samsung and HTC – on whose shoulders the success or failure of Windows Phone 8 essentially rests.

“With the work we have done with Nokia, HTC, Samsung and others [tick] ... there is now an opportunity to create really a strong third participant [tick] in the smartphone market,” Reuters reports Ballmer as saying.

“We are still relatively small ... I expect the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly [tick].”

It's all starting to sound painfully, almost embarrassingly, familiar, as Ballmer's been making comments in a similar vein practically since Nokia jumped on board back in February 2011.

But who knows – maybe Ballmer is right this time, and there's no question that the Windows Phone 8 launch, plus the devices launching with it, represent Microsoft's biggest effort yet to “really ramp quickly”.

Or maybe Ballmer's speech for launching Windows Phone 9 is already half-written.

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Pondlife  Nov. 10, 2012 at 12:20

Was the and others because he'd forgotten how to pronounce Huawei?

geezerbloke  Nov. 10, 2012 at 12:21

"Or maybe Ballmer's speech for launching Windows Phone 9 is already half-written."

Lol, you can bet on it. Even smaller tiles and a grannies corner - WOW!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 10, 2012 at 12:37

Sorry... regardless of the merits of the WP OS, the original launch was stupid, and now the launch of WP8 marred by misinformation, delays and odd pricing (€720 for a sim-free 920....)

Pondlife  Nov. 10, 2012 at 13:04

or €799 for the gloss red. Or €599 gloss yellow...

madstock  Nov. 10, 2012 at 15:16

£459.95 for the 920 SIM Free (Red, Black, White) at P4U - a black 820 will set you back £359.95.

http://www.nokipedia.com/nokia_uk-sim-free-offers-lumia820-359-95-lumia920-459-95/

Pondlife  Nov. 10, 2012 at 15:55

Prices still seem somewhat optimistic, be interesting to see how many will pay them.
Oh that site thinks they are outstanding prices... hmm.

So much for the variety of colours anyway. No mention of any included wireless charging gubbins as seen at cpw on the direct links from that site. Although there is and mention of the 920 in yellow on p4u homepage(though only preorder for yellow). Now more confused :) Free wireless speaker for first 500 orders too.

http://www.phones4u.co.uk/nokia/lumia-920/?intcid=hero2_lumia920_07112012

Ah looks like the induction charging stuff are just for contract buyers, no free goodies for sim free. 920 contracts all very pricey on p4u though. Full monty £41/m and £100 up front. Red and White 820 on contract too.

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