Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2012 14:51 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Apple Written by Scott Cleland: "With so many fanboys spinning Silicon Valley history, it's sometimes easy to forget about the real chain of events that led to the ongoing Apple-Google thermonuclear war, how the romance turned to hate. This timeline presents an interesting case about why, despite patents and prior art, Steve Jobs had plenty of personal reasons to despise Schmidt, Page, and Brin." Cleland has a very, very good point; quite coherent and well-reasoned... That is, if you haven't got a single shred of historical sense and completely and utterly ignore the 30-odd years of mobile computing development that preceded our current crop of smartphones. It's hard not to be reminded of how certain groups of people dismiss millions of years of fossil records because this record inconveniences their argument. In any case, a comment on the article answered the question properly: "Jobs was a businessman. He was angry he was losing money. Simple."
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RE[3]: Losing money?
by Laurence on Mon 10th Sep 2012 16:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Losing money? "
Laurence
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2007-03-26

Google has been growing only in Ad revenue. Any day that people feel they are not getting their bang for their buck though Google its a rap since they have no other revenue sources.

If you look at Apple, the iPhone by its self brings in more money and profits then Microsoft total company. If you scratch the iPhone Apple still makes more money then Microsoft from the rest of their businesses and growing.

Microsoft is basically dead. Windows and Office make them their most money and both are played out. They still make a bunch of money on increased licenses fees, but the days of people getting excited over Microsoft products are long gone.

You could reverse that view and say that Apple basically only have one revenue stream, and that's from iOS. Where as Microsoft's income is significantly more varied (though granted MS have their cash cows too). But should, overnight, iPhones and iPads stop selling, then Apple could end up in a lot of trouble very quickly.

I wont repeat myself as I go into a lot more detail here: http://www.osnews.com/thread?534606

Suffice to say, I think MS realised they couldn't grow much more and hence why they expended into the console market and such like.

Edited 2012-09-10 16:37 UTC

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RE[4]: Losing money?
by Windows Sucks on Mon 10th Sep 2012 17:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Losing money? "
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2005-11-10

You could reverse that view and say that Apple basically only have one revenue stream, and that's from iOS. Where as Microsoft's income is significantly more varied (though granted MS have their cash cows too). But should, overnight, iPhones and iPads stop selling, then Apple could end up in a lot of trouble very quickly.

I wont repeat myself as I go into a lot more detail here: http://www.osnews.com/thread?534606

Suffice to say, I think MS realised they couldn't grow much more and hence why they expended into the console market and such like.


There are two issues with that.

1. Apple has NO money losing enterprises at this time. Every business they are in makes some kind of profit. Microsoft on the other hand has several businesses that lose money to the point that they made no profit last quarter. (Esp their entertainment division)

2. For Apple to have a serious problem that would mean all their iOS devices would have to crash. Interesting part is everything Apple sells right now is still growing while MS has nothing that is growing and Google really only has Ad growth.

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RE[5]: Losing money?
by Laurence on Mon 10th Sep 2012 21:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Losing money? "
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I'd already covered all that in the post I linked to ;)

Edited 2012-09-10 21:03 UTC

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RE[4]: Losing money?
by jared_wilkes on Mon 10th Sep 2012 21:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Losing money? "
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2011-04-25

You could reverse that view and say that Apple basically only have one revenue stream, and that's from iOS.


You could claim that, but you'd be wrong. Unless 30+% is now equivalent to zero in your book.

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RE[5]: Losing money?
by Laurence on Mon 10th Sep 2012 22:30 in reply to "RE[4]: Losing money? "
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

You could claim that, but you'd be wrong. Unless 30+% is now equivalent to zero in your book.

Fair point. That was a massive exaggeration on my part. ;)

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