BetaNews writes: “Microsoft executives and product managers — Chairman Bill Gates, above all of them — showed great technology vision for the new millennium. The company was right about so many trends to come but, sadly, executed poorly in bringing too many of them to market. Microsoft’s stiffness, perhaps a sign of its aging leadership, consistently proved its foible. Then there is arcane organizational structure, which has swelled with needless middle managers, and the system of group competition”.
There are many good points in this article about how Microsoft came in with an idea and somehow managed to squander it. Do you remember how UMPCs were laughed at, and then a year later the Eee PC arrived and it’s heralded as the Next Best Thingâ„¢?
Whilst I agree on many points with the article, I feel that it failed to mention the success that Microsoft have had. Back in 2000, Microsoft were seen as not being able to understand gamers enough to enter the console market. The initial XBox was laughableâ€”and almost completely forgotten nowâ€”but Microsoft have persisted and are unquestionably Sony’s biggest rivals, even having the upper hand when it comes to online console gaming.
Also what of Office? Microsoft have certainly maintained 10 years of success with Office and for all the complaints from geeks over the changes in 2007 it has shown immense vision from Microsoft in these latest revisions.
Their server products have gone from strength to strength. Server 2003 has had a good security record and even the UNIX geeks have had to admit the solidarity of Server 2008 which has been very well received.
Microsoft are obviously not going to be disappearing any time soon. It just has to be seen what Microsoft can make of the coming years where the web is playing a central role and Microsoft are woefully behind. Their mobile offerings are in an equal sorry state, and are they really geared up to be the first experience of the next billion computer users coming from China and India?