Turning point for Apple?

Has Apple realized (in the face of loosing market share to Android) that its users want a more “open” platform, not dictated to by persons unknown?  – Apparently not.  The iPhone app lock down has meant that if an app does not meet with Apples approval then it doesn’t get through.

It is being reported on Torrent Freak that the creator of IS Drive has had to be very “creative” in his wording of his app in order for it to be accepted by Apple (as the Torrent word is allegedly not liked)

Torrent Freak said:

Although the audience for IS Drive is limited to premium Imageshack Torrent Drive users who also want to cough up $4.99 for the iPhone App, the approval is noteworthy because Apple has always banned everything related to BitTorrent.

and the developer is reported to say:

… I didn’t see any reason for the app to be rejected in Apple’s recently released guidelines. So, I was very careful with this release to not use the dirty word ‘torrent’, and I’ll continue to carefully add new features, so stay tuned.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Maybe its reasons such as this that Apple is loosing ground to Android?  I don’t see the “big brother state” of the Apple app store being particularly popular with customers.

Could todays consumer “awareness” be responsible for customers shying away from more “closed” products/services?

“If you build it, they will sue”

Yes, Microsoft is at it again.  Maybe worried by the lack of mainstream interest in their upcoming “creation” Windows Mobile 7? Its being reported that good old Redmond is now after Motorola (its already had a go at HTC and Samsung) and looking to suck a bit of revenue from the sale of Android, since in my view it seems doubtful they will get much from their own platform.

Brier Dudley reports:

Microsoft used the same tactic against Linux when the open-source software reached critical mass in the data center and threatened to derail the growth of Microsoft’s server business seven years ago…….After name-calling failed to slow Linux, Microsoft started warning big companies that the free software wasn’t really free. It also said companies should take into account the potential cost of patent and licensing litigation around open-source products.

he then rounds off very nicely with:

Meanwhile, Microsoft is happy to sell the phone companies its new phone operating system, which has presumably gone through a gauntlet of patent lawyers. Apparently Motorola hasn’t signed up yet for Windows Phone 7.

Source: Seattle Times

I wouldn’t blame Motorola for not signing up either, just look back a few months at the Kin or how about the features which Windows Mobile 7 is allegedly lacking?  Tethering? apparently you are not getting that with Microsoft’s latest creation.

No big bonus for bad boy Ballmer?

It’s reported that Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft has not received his full bonus for the 2010 fiscal year.   The figure which has been reported on the Web is around $670,000, although allegedly he could have received double that (had the board agreed).  Could this reduced bonus be because of the F’Kin phone?  Or what about the apparent lack of excitement around many of its products? How about the eating of humble pie when it gave away its Live Spaces users to Linux powered WordPress? – Maybe the board will hit him with that one next year (if he’s still with Microsoft)

After looking around the net, my observation is that the only interest Microsoft has been generating is surrounding its latest court action where it tries to ride the coattails of Linux again and suck a little revenue from more popular platforms.

As I said in the above article, developers should take note that if you create things they people actually want to buy:

If you build it, they will sue

Microsoft’s future squarely in the courtroom instead of in products? – I’ll let you decide.

I’ve said it before, want to know my prediction?  Give Windows 7 Mobile time to “bed in” within the marketplace then Ballmer will be gone.  I’d say mid 2011.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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