Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 14:16 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Microsoft Considering how many industry giants have partnered with Microsoft in WMA and PlaysForSure it would appear that Microsoft is a leader in successful consumer electronics technology. That's not the case. All of these partners hooked up with Microsoft simply because they had no idea of what to do on their own. Few even experimented with their own independent technology plans; they simply picked Microsoft because the company seemed like a safe bet at delivering technology. They obviously didn't do their homework. The big secret they missed is that Microsoft hasn't ever earned significant profits in the consumer hardware business, nor has its executives proven any business acumen in delivering what consumers want in hardware or creative entertainment, excluding, of course, Microsoft's impressive and highly sophisticated keyboard and mouse division.
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RE: MS is run by geeks
by Riddic on Wed 11th Oct 2006 18:19 UTC in reply to "MS is run by geeks"
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I disagree.
If MS is run by geeks, then by Sales- and marketing geeks. They do not (by far) make "the best tools" whatsoever, but they DO know who and how to persuade to get their stuff sold. As an example, very few sysadmins I know would voluntarily put MS products on their servers. They do because they're told to by their managers who get fed bullshit by MS' sales machine who tries to convince them that they wouldn't be "compatible" or "up to date" if Windows/Exchange/SQL server/whatever wouldn't run on their system. "Get the fact"-FUD campaign, anyone?

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