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Microsoft As PC prospects decline, Microsoft has been moving toward a hybrid, cross-platform future with an eye toward opportunities in the server closet and the cloud. But the question remains, How might Microsoft evolve to get there? "It's tempting to say the past five years has seen Microsoft's desktop-centric strategy slowly give way to a pell-mell free-for-all made up of equal parts desktop, server, mobile hardware and software, cloud services, and auxiliary systems like the Xbox. Truth is, intention has always been present. It's only now, thanks to major upheavals in consumer tech and the cloud, that Microsoft's broad-spectrum plays are becoming more evident and critical. [...] What may be new for Microsoft is the need to better cohere its strategy around an ever-widening array of services and technologies, especially as the breadth of competition it faces widens. Most of all, if there ever comes a time to stop being a consumer-oriented company, Microsoft shouldn't flinch. A future where Microsoft doesn't make hardware or end-user programs seems remote, but there was a time when IBM abandoning its PC business seemed jarring, too." And if Microsoft can't quite cohere its strategy, the best means to this end may be to divide.
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RE: Comment by chemical_scum
by bassbeast on Wed 20th Feb 2013 02:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by chemical_scum"
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Canonical will be dead in less than 3 years because desktops don't fit into the "blessed three" which is the ONLY way to consistently make money with GPL software, sell support/services, sell hardware, or hold out a tin cup. The last just won't bring in enough revenue and the other two don't apply to desktops so Canonical is toast.

As for the "article"? Its crap. there is NO crossroads, do you think that when the housing bubble burst people were "at a crossroads" when it comes to living in a home? 1993-2006 was a BUBBLE, no different than the housing or dotbomb or any other bubble. It was a bubble brought about by the MHz wars which are now over. PCs are NOT GOING AWAY it is just the fact that now that the bubble is burst folks won't replace every 3 years like when the bubble was on, same as you don't see houses constantly flipping as you did during that bubble.

When you look at what I was selling on the LOW END more than five years ago, Phenom X4 with 4Gb and 400Gb HDDs, how many are gonna be able to stress that system enough to go "You know, I think I really need a new PC" and the same goes for laptops, I was selling Core duos and Turion X2s with 2Gb-4GB of RAM and 200GB HDDs. How many people when they are mobile are gonna need more than that for the tasks they have at hand?

Smartphones sell more because they are disposable in the States but as rare earth minerals skyrocket in price that will soon come to an end. tablets are seeing the same as the PC only on fast forward, Samsung is testing a 6 core and Nvidia is selling a 5 core and I predict by Xmas you'll see dual core tablets for less than $100 as the bottom falls out of that market.

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