Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[2]: huh????
by JAlexoid on Tue 7th Jun 2011 21:05 UTC in reply to "RE: huh????"
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There's no other company today that has as successful a reach across not only platforms but market segments as does Apple.

Hm... Samsung or any other Asian electronics conglomerate? Platforms? Check. Market segments? Check.

Apple has exactly 2 platforms and targets only the consumer market. Their 0.1 success in business segment is largely overlooked by Apple themselves.

Success? Yes.
Variety of platforms? Nope.
Domination in consumer electronics market? Not absolute, but largely yes.

Sure, there are companies that are cheap... and there are companies that have a larger variety of random products but there are none that tie them together in a cohesive, affordable ecosystem for consumers.

Affordable? No sorry. Valuable and quality - that may be. But definitely not affordable.

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