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Where Microsoft could have really succeeded

Looking back, hindsight is always 20/20. But there was an opportunity that Microsoft had that I think would have really helped its position right now. And I don’t think that this wasn’t desirable at the time. The problem that Microsoft should have solved with Windows ME (and then subsequently Windows XP) is syncing devices. At that time Microsoft did have its Sync Center, but one had to go out of their way to get it, and I think it only worked with Windows CE devices. Should Microsoft have created the concept of Syncing with Windows instead of with individual programs they would have really set themselves up for the explosion of devices which came out in this last decade. Music players, cell phones, PDA’s, etc. Then Microsoft should have ensured that Nokia sync’d with Windows. It would have made for a much better experience than entering PIM data through a 10 key keypad. Just think, everyone with a cell phone would have received a better management experience with Windows XP, and the ability to sync with Windows would be a necessary feature that no one not having it could compete in the marketplace without.

Sadly this didn’t happen.

  1. Yiru
    October 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    MS should keep its blogging platform, that\’s the minimum it can do…

  2. Yiru
    October 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I think MS should stop thinking only about how to compete with google, instead, it should think more about how to leverage its platform users to win in today\’s new computing world which is mobile and web. a good syncing interface is ideal for OS to have but i think it is likely to be general api kind of thing which won\’t bring direct marketing advantage.

  3. Jared
    October 17, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Apple gets away with doing cool things because they invent stuff they want to use. Microsoft asks customers what they want all customers generally know are features from MS competitors that they might want.

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