Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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I think the biggest problem with Microsoft
by reduz on Tue 14th Dec 2010 00:22 UTC
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Is that people overall don't have much of an appreciation for it as a brand. Google and Apple are both loved by many many followers and have earned the respect of the public by creating excellent products.

Microsoft managed, with a lot of effort, to produce Windows 7, which isn't really "loved" but mainly seen in a positive light after compared to Vista.
I mean, people does not use Windows / Office because they love them, but because it's compatible with what everyone else uses, so it's not a surprise if other Microsoft branded products don't feel "attractive"... after all one does not associate them with "cool", even if there is nothing wrong with them..

Edited 2010-12-14 00:25 UTC

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