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Microsoft Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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by Kroc on Sat 13th Feb 2010 14:06 UTC
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Making something that isn't centered around Windows is Microsoft's biggest challenge. I believe that Windows is becoming increasingly irrelevant to consumers as they migrate to the web and other better, easier experiences (iPad / ChromeOS).

Consumers don't *want* Windows, they are forced to need it, due to market forces and the Windows monopoly. They just want a computer that works the same everytime they switch it on and doesn't randomly break, slow down or constantly confuse them with indecipherable messages.

Consumers don't want Word, Excel or Powerpoint--they want to write letters to their friends, they want to calculate their expenses, they want to impress their boss at the meeting. They don't give a crap about what they use to do that as long as it's easy.

If something easier than Windows and easier than Office comes out, and it isn't sidelined by the OEMs and by crappy sales staff, then Microsoft are screwed. The iPad is this device, I believe--or, the iPad in two years, as it will take that long to improve and to filter through the geek crowd and down to consumers.

OEMs have been selling consumers crappy workstations that are good at nothing consumers want to do. Look at what Apple can do with 1GHz in the iPad. PCs hit 1GHz in 2000, when Windows98 and Netscape were king.

*Desktop operating systems are toast, finished, done with* in the consumer space. Workstations and desktop OSes are for geeks and businesses, they do not serve the majority's needs.

If the iPhone is anything to go by, OEMs are going to be seriously feeling the competition as Apple come to dominate the market whilst HP and Co prat about with Windows 7 tablets.

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