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Poll Results: Driving techies away from Microsoft

Your chance to enlighten: Will Microsoft's current consumer-focused strategy drive techies to Android and Linux?

On February 28, 2012, Debra Littlejohn Shinder wrote a blog post contemplating whether Microsoft's recent concentration on the more consumer-oriented mobile device market would drive techies away. I added a poll to gauge your feelings on this provocative question:

Will Microsoft's current consumer-focused strategy drive techies to Android and Linux?

This was a tough question for me. I have an Android Galaxy S. It works fine, but then I am hardly a power user of mobile devices. I mostly use my cell phone to make phone calls, which makes me almost Luddite in some people's eyes.

I got my Android phone for one reason — it was free with a 2-year subscription. I have downloaded maybe ten apps; all are of the free variety. I have never seen an app I am willing to pay even 99 cents for. But in many ways, I am in the minority, and I wonder if I am missing out on a learning opportunity.

As a follow-up discussion, I'd like to know how many apps you have downloaded in the past month? Do you use every app you have downloaded regularly, or are you just experimenting? Is the mobile device the new playground for the techie?

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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