Is Microsoft late to the mobile party? Well in some ways yes, but should Microsoft give up and just move on? That remains up for debate, but according to former Microsoft evangelist, Robert Scoble, he thinks that Microsoft should just give up on Windows Phone and embrace Android, which at the moment is the clear and dominant smartphone platform.
According to Scoble who spoke in an interview with GeekWire, “That train has sailed. The real answer is, give up Windows Phone, go Android, and embrace and extend like you did with the Internet. But they don’t listen to me.” He also offered that one of the reasons Microsoft might be slow to change is because they’re a big company that is committee-driven, making them slow.
It’s definitely not the first time that someone has suggested that Microsoft embrace Android. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago with the launch of the Nokia X2 that seemed to suggest that Microsoft was willing to dabble in Android. However it wasn’t too long after that Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, announced that future Nokia X devices will be powered by Windows Phone.
One of the problems that Scoble highlighted was how there aren’t many apps available for Windows Phone, at least compared to the competition. However Nadella did announce plans for a unified operating system where apps developed for Windows would work on Windows Phone, which should hopefully make up for that, but what do you guys think? Should Microsoft give up on Windows Phone and just embrace Android?