The Party With the Most to Lose This Fall Is Microsoft
The candidate who should be most nervous this fall is Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer.
The official launch of Windows 8 in October, which folks like TechNewsWorld are already writing about, is not nearly as important as the fate of Windows 8 Phone. That's because, as previously noted, the transition from "feature phones" to "smart phones" has been happening twice as fast as the Internet transition of the 1990s, 10 times faster than Microsoft's own rise with the PC in the 1980s.
We're late in that game, and the question is whether there is any room for a third player, no matter how insanely great it may be.
Microsoft's best hope is to knock Google's (GOOG) Android off its perch, and a key punch was delivered there by Samsung last week. As CNET reported, Samsung has a new Windows Phone called the Ativ and promises to compete fiercely with Nokia for Windows Phone share.
The Ativ announcement comes just a week after Samsung lost to Apple (AAPL) over claims its Android gear violated Apple's patents. During the trial an Apple executive revealed it had made patent peace with Microsoft, as ReadWriteWeb reported, with Cupertino considering Windows 8's look-and-feel to be unique.
But this only works if Samsung, which is also Android's largest OEM, and Nokia, whose CEO bet his company on Microsoft Windows last year, can both succeed in the market.