Microsoft Moans But Takes the Money
Microsoft is obviously feeling threatened by Android, and Windows Phone is not performing well in terms of market share. I understand their offensive tactics in terms of maximizing profit, but some of the stuff Ballmer comes out with is just plain stupid. At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco last month he said "You don't need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone. And I think you do to use an Android phone!"
It would appear that millions of Android customers don’t agree. In terms of market share, Android is still growing faster than its competitors. The iPhone is also still growing in popularity, but RIM’s BlackBerry continues to decline and it’s the same story for Microsoft.
It remains to be seen how the partnership of two of the mobile world’s biggest losers in recent years, Microsoft and Nokia, will shake out, but it doesn’t look like a major threat to Android right now.
Even if Microsoft succeed in making Android just as expensive as Windows Phone to license that isn’t going to make Windows Phone more attractive for manufacturers because Android is already much more popular with consumers. All it will really do is make Microsoft a ton of money. If you think about it they are in a win-win situation -- they’ll make money either way.