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[6]: The issue is Foothold.
by SteveB on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:13 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: The issue is Foothold."
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In Portugal is quite common that many small business run entirely with Microsoft software.
This is not happening only in Portugal. Other countries have the same "effect".

Actually for many development shops the annual licenses for MSDN are not that much expensive and you get full access to the complete Microsoft software, hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft.
This is not true. You don't get access to the COMPLETE Microsoft software (do you get games with the MSDN?).

Might I ask you what you mean with "...hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft"? Are you writing about development shops (companies producing software that is targeting Microsoft OS)? Or are you writing about SME?

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RE[7]: The issue is Foothold.
by moondevil on Tue 14th Dec 2010 18:34 in reply to "RE[6]: The issue is Foothold."
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Software development shops.

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RE[8]: The issue is Foothold.
by SteveB on Thu 16th Dec 2010 08:16 in reply to "RE[7]: The issue is Foothold."
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Software development shops.
Okay. Not that I want to argue about your response but those software developer shops are not the ones that change the landscape regarding penetration of Linux vs Windows. It's the business and the private sector that is doing that. Software development shops usually don't set the trend. It's their customers. So if whole business sector or a specialized market segment goes from Windows to Linux then the software development shops follow. And since most desktops out there in the wild are Windows desktops it is an absolute logical result that most software development shops go with the flow and use Windows. This is normal and logical.

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