Techpinions post: Google and Microsoft’s platform problems

My post on Techpinions today is about Google and Microsoft’s platform challenges, which appear very different on the face of it, but actually have a lot in common. Microsoft increasingly wants its third-party services to succeed on platforms owned by (arguably) its two main competitors, Google and Apple. While Google is struggling to compete on a platform it theoretically owns (Android), which has been increasingly co-opted by both official Android licensees and users of the AOSP version of Android such as Chinese OEMs and Amazon. Microsoft’s challenges are particularly stark, and stem in part from the business models it and its competitors employ for key services:

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