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Microsoft "Analyzing one of American corporate history's greatest mysteries - the lost decade of Microsoft - two-time George Polk Award winner (and V.F.'s newest contributing editor) Kurt Eichenwald traces the 'astonishingly foolish management decisions' at the company that 'could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success'."
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Nonsense.
by snfgd on Mon 9th Jul 2012 02:16 UTC
snfgd
Member since:
2012-04-23

I work at Best Buy so I know a bit about this stuff, and I can tell you that we sell roughly 20 Microsoft computer for every Apple computer. Microsoft never had a "downfall", as far as management goes they have the creme de la crop, and anyone who says otherwise is just a hipster trying to be contrary.

Edited 2012-07-09 02:17 UTC

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RE: Nonsense.
by windowshasyou on Mon 9th Jul 2012 02:24 in reply to "Nonsense."
windowshasyou Member since:
2011-05-14

"as far as management goes they have the creme de la crop, and anyone who says otherwise is just a hipster trying to be contrary."

Thanks for the best laugh I've had all week. I've got tears in my eyes. As if working for one of the worst retailers out there suddenly makes you qualified to spout unfounded claims on Microsofts management.

I wonder how many of those '20 Microsoft computer' were wiped clean and had something else installed?

Edited 2012-07-09 02:34 UTC

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RE[2]: Nonsense.
by Elv13 on Mon 9th Jul 2012 02:56 in reply to "RE: Nonsense."
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

Probably none given Best Buy is one of the last retailer. That say a lot about its audiences. Who buy at non-specialized big surface retailer anymore?

That said, the 20/1 ratio is probably accurate. M$ is still a desktop monopoly, but they could have been so much more by now.

Thanks god they failed

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v RE[2]: Nonsense.
by snfgd on Mon 9th Jul 2012 04:38 in reply to "RE: Nonsense."
RE[2]: Nonsense.
by zima on Mon 16th Jul 2012 22:28 in reply to "RE: Nonsense."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I wonder how many of those '20 Microsoft computer' were wiped clean and had something else installed?

Eh, dream on... http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-200807-201207

See that green line over there? That's the 3rd popular consumer OS worldwide, the "failure" Vista ...half decade later, still a bit more than all OS X combined, and an order of magnitude more than all Linux combined.

Edited 2012-07-16 22:35 UTC

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RE: Nonsense.
by Soulbender on Mon 9th Jul 2012 04:50 in reply to "Nonsense."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

What's a microsoft computer?

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RE: Nonsense.
by dnstest on Mon 9th Jul 2012 12:27 in reply to "Nonsense."
dnstest Member since:
2006-06-11

Either the poster was trying to be funny...Or we just witnessed the brilliance of the average BB/Geek Squad employee. I run a small local computer shop, and I have to deal with these peoples' eff-ups every day! Sad.

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RE[2]: Nonsense.
by windowshasyou on Mon 9th Jul 2012 14:36 in reply to "RE: Nonsense."
windowshasyou Member since:
2011-05-14

I hope that they continue to hire people of that quality. Much like your case, fixing their screw ups keeps the lights on and food on the table.

Last year, I sent them a christmas card thanking them for their lack of knowledge and dedication to killing everything they touch.

Edited 2012-07-09 14:38 UTC

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RE: Nonsense.
by maccouch on Mon 9th Jul 2012 13:41 in reply to "Nonsense."
maccouch Member since:
2012-03-14

I work at Best Buy so I know a bit about this stuff, and I can tell you that we sell roughly 20 Microsoft computer for every Apple computer.


And back in 2004 ( http://www.asymco.com/2012/07/04/the-building-and-dismantling-of-th... ) it used to be almost 60 "PC's" by every mac. Do you now see the trend and realize why the term downfall is used instead of "extinction" or "end"?

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RE: Nonsense.
by matej on Mon 9th Jul 2012 15:28 in reply to "Nonsense."
matej Member since:
2007-05-27

I work at Best Buy so I know a bit about this stuff, and I can tell you that we sell roughly 20 Microsoft computer for every Apple computer.


So what? Even if Best Buy sold 100 Microsoft computers for every Apple computer, I would not be impressed. Today, people buy smartphones and tablets.

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RE: Nonsense.
by Gone fishing on Mon 9th Jul 2012 18:11 in reply to "Nonsense."
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

I have no problem believing that Best Buy sell 100 PCs per Apple. Where I was working in Africa I would think the number is more like 1000. Here in the UK I was working today and expressed surprise with a head of IT at a large school, that all UK schools ran Windows servers and was told that was needed because Windows is what was run in the commercial world and that their applications they needed ran on Windows, I mentioned virtualization but let it pass. The point here is that Windows is still well intrenched and still has a monopoly or near monopoly on the desktop.

Does this make MS well run? - I would say not, although MS have managed to protect their OS and Office monopoly for the time being, they have singularly failed to see whats coming. MS on mobile devices, smart phones, cloud computing etc all is a conspicuous failure. The success of Metro and Windows 8 is of real importance to MS, many observers are sceptical about how well this product will be received.

A potential tipping point is being reached where MS might find it has a monopoly in the obsolete and even MS is beginning to see that this might be the case.

Being well run is more about future potential and security than current sales.

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