Luring Android Users to Windows Phone 7: 10 Things Microsoft Must Do

News Analysis: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is down on its luck. But there are certain things the company can do to induce Android users to shift to the Microsoft mobile operating system.

Microsoft finds itself in a very bad spot in the mobile market. The company's chief competitor, Android, is running away with the smartphone market. In the tablet space, Apple's iOS is the go-to platform for most consumers and enterprise users. Microsoft, meanwhile, is trying to make Windows Phone 7 a desired choice for consumers in the smartphone space. It also hopes that folks will be willing to wait for Windows 8 before buying a tablet.

However,Microsoft appears to be failing in its goals. Now, the company must do something to reverse its luck and prove once and for all that it knows what to do to be a success in the hotly contested mobile market.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, while there are several options available to it, only one has a reasonable chance of success-trying to lure current Android users to Windows.

Google's operating system might be the most dominant force in the mobile space, but it's also Microsoft's biggest threat. What's more, it's arguably the easiest operating system to criticize and convince customers to move back onto Microsoft's corner.

Read on to find out what Microsoft should be doing to lure Android users back to its products.

1. Focus on security

The biggest issue facing Android is its security woes. The operating system is increasingly being targeted by malicious hackers, and Google has been forced to remove many malware-tainted applications from the Android Market. Windows Phone 7, on the other hand, hasn't suffered so many security issues. If Microsoft wants to coax more folks to its mobile platform, why not point that out?

2. Strike better deals with handset makers

So far, Microsoft has been able to strike some deals with handset makers, like Samsung and HTC, but it appears those companies are saving their best products for Android. Microsoft can no longer allow that. Even if it has to give companies extra cash or better deals, Microsoft should find a way to get onlythe best handsets running its operating system.

3. Leverage Windows

Microsoft has a huge installed base of Windows users that, so far, the company has done little to exploit. The smart move now is to do everything it can to leverage the popularity of Windows to grow its mobile market. Microsoft might be doing that to some extent with Windows 8 and its "tiles" layout, but more needs to be done now.

4. Where are all the tablets?

Microsoft's inability to get tablets on store shelves has proven to be a real liability for the company. Tablets are gaining popularity by the day, and Android devices, like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, are winning new sales. Whether Microsoft likes it or not, the company must get Windows tablets to store shelves as soon as possible. It'll prove that it at least understands what consumers want and then it can start cutting into Android's market share.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...