Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Apr 2013 09:31 UTC
Windows "Many PC OEMs are dissatisfied with what Microsoft has done with Windows 8 and the way the company has handled the negative response to the operating system. Privately, one OEM source told me that Microsoft is 'destroying' the PC industry, while another claimed that Windows 8 has 'handed over millions of customers to Apple'. Other OEMs are making their displeasure known publicly. Both Lenovo and Samsung have released Start button replacements for Windows 8." Windows Phone isn't the only thing not catching on. I'm really happy with my Surface RT - warts and all - but there's no denying the response to Windows 8 has been Vista-esque bad.
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RE[4]: Definitely related
by hhas on Sat 20th Apr 2013 00:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Definitely related"
hhas
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FWIW, I think there's a useful lesson in all this:

- As long-time PC underdog, Apple boldly and deliberately burned the established desktop platform (which it had already lost) in order to drive growth in its new mobile user base (where it stood a good chance of winning big). While iOS may not have captured the monopoly Apple might've liked thanks to Android doing a bit of a Win95 on them, they're still in a far stronger position than they were before.

- As established PC top-dog, Microsoft sat on their laurels for years, willfully suppressing any internal disruption or change even after the writing was on the wall. As a result, they're now left with no other choice than to cannibalize their existing PC platform and users in the hope they can build their new mobile base faster than Android can steal away their existing desktop users. This is not to say they can't do it, but it's riskier and definitely a lot more painful for everyone.

- As established mobile top-dog, Nokia also burned its existing aged platform once they saw the writing on the wall - but made the awful amateur error of doing this before its new platform was ready for sale (see: Osborne Effect). That made its existing users jump to competitors when they should've jumped to its new platform instead.

Assessment? Fortune favors the canny-planning forward thinker who is not afraid to disrupt themselves before somebody else does. Maybe the likes of FOSS/Linux could learn from this too.

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