In an interview with Bill Gates (no longer officially part of the executive Microsoft team, but his word means a lot) has mentioned that they clearly made some mistakes in the smartphone strategy they’ve taken. Siting the fact that their strategy hasn’t allowed them to get to the top.
“No, [Ballmer] and I are not satisfied that in terms of, you know, breakthrough things, that we’re doing everything possible,” Gates told Rose. “We didn’t miss cell phones, but the way that we went about it didn’t allow us to get the leadership. So it’s clearly a mistake.”
No I’m sorry Bill (I don’t think he’ll mind me calling him that); you and Ballmer haven’t done everything you can in terms of “breakthroughs”; Nokia have- while you folks sat back and watched other people capitalize on your special features. It seems ironic that in the previous releases of Windows Phone when they showed off everything some ideas were “lifted” by competitors; while now with WP8 after they kept silent for so long there was nothing worth stealing (maybe kids corner). In short get it together Billy, and you to Ballmer.
*Obligatory Steve Ballmer Gif below*: