Posted by Mike Evans in News on October 7, 2010

Microsoft has great hopes for Windows Phone 7. The rest of the world, though, and even some analysts, think it’s doomed to fail!

The latest gloomy news for Redmond comes from Gartner, who predict that Windows Phone 7 will “…barely move the needle on the company’s dismal share of the smartphone OS market.”

More specifically, they predict that Windows Phone 7 will improve Microsoft’s share of the mobile OS market from 4.7% in 2010 to 5.2% next year, but then falling back to just 3.9% by 2014.
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer

Microsoft morphs into patent troll

With predictions like that, even before the new OS is officially released, it’s no wonder Microsoft is getting increasingly litigous.

Having successfuly “licensed” their technology to HTC (who now have to pay Microsoft a small payment for each Android phone sold), Microsoft are now suing Motorola for patent infringements, which, if successful, will also give them a small payment for every Motorola phone that’s sold.

If all this turns out to be true, then Microsoft will earn more money from patent trolling than it evre does from Windows Phone 7!

Mind you, Microsoft has never been accused of being innovative, so it makes sense for it to adopt a business model of stifling innovation in others!

,span class=”source”>[Source: IntoMobile]