Should Microsoft’s SmartGlass be available on iPhones and Android devices?

Right now I’m watching a recording of Microsoft’s E3 keynote.

I just saw them show off their neat new SmartGlass technology.  This looks like it could be a neat new way to interact with games through your phone or tablet.

With SmartGlass you can play Madden Football and make your plays from your tablet.

You can get information and way points on Halo 4 and more.  This could be a real nice evolution in console (and later hopefully PC) gaming.

I see one potential issue though.

They’re also making SmartGlass accessible for non-Microsoft tablets and phones.

I really think this could be a mistake because if they would have kept it for Windows 8 and RT tablets then it would have given people another reason to get a Windows tablet.

By having apps on non-Microsoft devices they’re basically saying its“go ahead we don’t care, buy another companies device”.

Unless this is a smart ploy from Microsoft.

They didn’t say the SmartGlass app would be free on non-Microsoft devices.  For Microsoft devices it could just be a free (or low cost) app while for non-Microsoft devices they could charge a high amount ($100-200+) and have a week trial to entice people.

This might entice someone who has another device to buy a Windows 8 or RT device instead of paying the high price for the app?

Either way Microsoft makes good money either on the new tablet purchase or app while giving people a choice which route to go.

I really like the idea of SmartGlass and by letting non-Microsoft devices use it I hope it doesn’t bite them in the ass.

What do you think?

Should SmartGlass be agnostic?

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  • xinu

    “I really think this could be a mistake because if they would have kept it for Windows 8and RT tablets then it would have given people another reason to get a Windows tablet.”

    I agree. If they want to make big bugs they should have kept it exclusively to their platform.

  • Helgi M.

    Who cares bout the device!! Devices won´t really matter in the future, allready Microsoft has begun subidising the Xbox and it is not unlikely that it will apply to other devices also in the future since the real money is in the services. The only thing MS has to make sure of is that it ownes the OS and services that run in the cloud and even though they are presently not doing a good job there, they are still the only ones, has anyone heard of cloud services or VDI offering Mac OSX or Ubuntu to run on the iPad?

    • xinu

      true, the money is all in the software and services they provide.