Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st May 2010 15:50 UTC
Microsoft While Microsoft is indeed incredibly profitable, it's not going as well as it seems. The company is still riding high upon its Windows and Office offerings, but when it comes to new markets, Microsoft hasn't been as successful. Jean-Louis Gassee [a bug prevents me from using the correct spelling - fixed in the article body] provides some very interesting insights into the company's past ten years.
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What is their vision anyway?
by Haicube on Mon 31st May 2010 19:50 UTC
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I agree completely with the fact that MS hasn't done any real successful market entries for quite some time. However, I do think it's far to early to count them out just yet.

Sure, Ballmer is a tremendous problem. I'd even throw in that the biggest problem MS has is actually Windows itself. Because technically I'm certain they wanna go for Singular for instance, but practically that would be saying to the public, hey Windows sucks, switch to this instead. That simply won't work.

I also believe that people easily forget some facts. 90% of business users are OFFICE users. The day MS pulls the plug on MS Office for OSX (with whatever made up Steve JObs reason. Like that when a proper Intel box runs OSX you can toast on it...). They will get back quite a lot of customers simply because they have no option (I know I don't).

I also think that it is a bit hilarious people call Ballmer the marketing guy since it's MSFT being in the shadows while Steve Jobs has managed to get billions (maybe even trillions) in free marketing for iPad and iPhone alone.

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RE: What is their vision anyway?
by Kroc on Mon 31st May 2010 21:05 in reply to "What is their vision anyway?"
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TextEdit in OS X supports .docx. TextEdit. That’s the equivalent of WordPad in Windows. I can open documents people send me just fine and I don’t even have Office!

I reckon Apple are actually eagerly waiting the day Office for Mac gets pulled (as unlikely as that is because of anti-trust and that it’s actually profitable for Microsoft), then they can go it alone with iWork—touting its Office compatibility and rake in the profits themselves. Heck, even and Calendar support Exchange out of the box; Windows doesn’t even have a mail app and calendar anymore!!

Even Microsoft know that it would be a very stupid idea to drop Office:Mac and permanently lose that market and suffer tougher competition in the form of Apple.

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It's called "Thinking differently" and giving choice to user.Something clearly unknown to Apple users today. Back to shackles slave! Also fucking politics has done this to Microsoft, basicly they can't put anything in Windows because it affects competition.

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