Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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Microsofts biggest competitor is...
by John.Gustafsson on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:33 UTC
John.Gustafsson
Member since:
2005-08-08

...Microsoft itself. They are number one already, and their number one problem comes from within, themselves. If Microsoft goes down, they go down because of themselves and nobody else.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

...Microsoft itself. They are number one already, and their number one problem comes from within, themselves. If Microsoft goes down, they go down because of themselves and nobody else.


Of course, but that is like any other company. They are outflanked by a faster more nimble competitor and thus they lose their edge. Any company that fails, it fails because of their own doing and not because of some evil boogyman.

Linux does have one benefit - the code is open and any code developed will remain open for someone else to come along and continue its development. It isn't like when a proprietary company goes bust and all the code is lost in the process.

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gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

I would say, Microsoft has a problem because Linux simply cannot fail.

The licensing cost of Linux distibutions will always be zero, and it will become better and more user-friendly with every release.

As soon as Linux is coming pre-installed like on netbooks, a market share of 20 - 30% is currently achieveable.
With people growing up who are more and more used to free software, those numbers will rise. Microsoft can only hope to delay a large market share for Linux by hindering it's adoption by the big OEMs.

Microsoft's throwing out of XP licenses for netbooks is a clear sign that they understand what is at stake here.

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backdoc Member since:
2006-01-14

I think you've got a point.

I contribute Microsoft's losing my business to Microsoft. They ran me off by choosing to focus on things other than making computing more productive and less annoying. Instead, they make computing miserable by focusing on protecting themselves from piracy and vendor lock-in.

I've switched to Mac and Linux. I know longer boot into Windows on my personal machines (just work). I have no intentions of ever buying another Microsoft product again.

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BigDaddy Member since:
2006-08-10

I contribute Microsoft's losing my business to Microsoft. They ran me off by choosing to focus on things other than making computing more productive and less annoying. Instead, they make computing miserable by focusing on protecting themselves from piracy and vendor lock-in.


I couldn't have said it better myself. Hell, it's almost like you read my mind. Another thing I have noticed. I don't feel like I am being bombarded with advertisements all the time. When I used windows, I paid good money to have advertisements from any company that bought ad space in every program. Microsoft only cares about money, not about the people using their product.

I will admit I have a Microsoft comfort curve keyboard, I love it. I have another in the box still just in case this one ever breaks. It's a wonderful keyboard. I'll agree with you about not buying their software, but damn they make a good keyboard.

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sargek Member since:
2007-07-12

"I think you've got a point.

I contribute Microsoft's losing my business to Microsoft. They ran me off by choosing to focus on things other than making computing more productive and less annoying. Instead, they make computing miserable by focusing on protecting themselves from piracy and vendor lock-in.

I've switched to Mac and Linux. I know longer boot into Windows on my personal machines (just work). I have no intentions of ever buying another Microsoft product again."

Very good point. I believe the reason for this is Microsoft simply does not care about the consumer. Why should they - they have a huge market share and force (coerce?) hardware vendors to install Windows on all systems they sell so Windows has become ubiquitous, a commodity if you will. The latest run of products: Vista Office, clearly shows their sole motivation is profit and not customer satisfaction.

I too have abandoned them entirely except for gaming, where they rule the roost. I will never purchase another Microsoft product again regardless of the supposed benefits because I do not trust them, and they have no viable desktop products I trust my data to or actually enjoy using.

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poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

actually MS admitted that MS's biggest competitor IS itself, BUT that it is pirated coppies of Windows that makes that competition.

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