Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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RE[2]: The issue is Foothold.
by shotsman on Tue 14th Dec 2010 08:05 UTC in reply to "RE: The issue is Foothold."
shotsman
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2005-07-22

I agreed with most of what you said but to say that Microsift/Windows is the main player in the server market is just plain silly.

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RE[3]: The issue is Foothold.
by REM2000 on Tue 14th Dec 2010 09:26 in reply to "RE[2]: The issue is Foothold."
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2006-07-25

I think i would have to agree with the sentiment of Microsoft being the main player in the Server market, i think the number of organisations without a windows server in their organisation somewhere is pretty slim. With many org's using Windows Server as their primary server OS.

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RE[4]: The issue is Foothold.
by lemur2 on Tue 14th Dec 2010 09:36 in reply to "RE[3]: The issue is Foothold."
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2007-02-17

I think i would have to agree with the sentiment of Microsoft being the main player in the Server market, i think the number of organisations without a windows server in their organisation somewhere is pretty slim. With many org's using Windows Server as their primary server OS.


At one point there were a lot of "dormant domains" that Microsoft negotiated as being counted in statistics as served by Windows servers on the Internet. Suddenly Windows statistics approached those of Apache ... but it was all really smoke and mirrors.

As for actual local LAN servers, there are a lot of "Windows shops" who are sold on running Windows exclusively, even though it means having to pay rent (via CALs). Incredible, but true.

The exact share of Windows servers is debatable, but even if there are really slightly more Linux servers one cannot lightly dismiss the numbers of Windows servers.

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