Linked by Yoni on Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:56 UTC
Apple "Never mind the fact that the iPod turned the entire music industry on its head. Never mind the fact that most successful notebooks today resemble designs first popularized by Apple. Never mind the fact that the blueprint of the modern day smartphone remains the original iPhone. Never mind the fact that competitors are scrambling wildly to copy the success and design of the iPad. Forget all of these things, because when it comes to Apple, the 'what have you done for me lately?' mentality reigns supreme."
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RE: Black Swans
by mkone on Sat 19th Jan 2013 23:03 UTC in reply to "Black Swans"
mkone
Member since:
2006-03-14

If you look at Apple's history carefully you will realise that most of their products have been unsuccessful (Lisa, Newton, Appletalk, e-world, 20th Anniversary Mac etc). However every now and then they have created a successful niche product that has succeeded beyound all expectations. It is a high risk strategy that has allowed them to temporarily dominate but an almost certain way to eventually go broke.


Most companies' products are unsuccessful. Microsoft pretty much has had 2 successful products (Windows in its various guises, and Office). Maybe XBox is another success. Many of their other attempts have not done so well (CE anyone, Zune, Kin and others).

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RE[2]: Black Swans
by unclefester on Sun 20th Jan 2013 00:53 in reply to "RE: Black Swans"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

MS has never pretended to be innovative or cool. They don't need to be because they have a virtually unbreakable monopoly on the corporate and academic desktop.

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RE[3]: Black Swans
by WereCatf on Sun 20th Jan 2013 02:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Black Swans"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

MS has never pretended to be innovative or cool. They don't need to be because they have a virtually unbreakable monopoly on the corporate and academic desktop.


Oh, they've done that PLENTY. You don't remember how they tried to market Windows 1.0 to people back in the day? Or the extremely cheesy Microsoft Surface - commercials with dancing college students? The 80s commercials with Bill Gates prancing around and praising their products like they were literal gifts from the gods?

It would seem that you didn't even TRY to think of anything.

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