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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Stopped Inventing as Financial Results Keep Declining

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Stopped Inventing as Financial Results Keep Declining
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:03:29 +0000
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Something Happened: Where's Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| What's interesting is that (a) Google could 
| overlook something so obvious and so 
| fundamental and that (b) it responded not 
| once but twice in a matter of days. That's 
| really living on Internet time, and shows 
| how things have changed from the âold daysâ 
| - a few years ago, say â when errors were 
| baked into software and would have taken 
| months to sort out. 
| [...]
| Whatever you think of these recent 
| happenings, one thing is clear: not a 
| single one of the most exciting events in 
| computing â Buzz, gigabit/second fibre 
| networking, iPad, Android and the rest â 
| has come from Microsoft. Indeed, the way in 
| which Google and Apple have completely 
| drowned out any news from that company for 
| months on end is without precedent and, I 
| believe, a major watershed. 
| [...]
| As for the digital music market, 
| Microsoft's Zune has practically become a 
| by-word for electronic embarrassment, so 
| bad and unloved is the system. And even in 
| a sector where Microsoft's market-share is 
| more respectable â that of gaming consoles 
| â the infamous âRed Ring of Deathâ problem 
| threatens to tarnish its reputation there, 
| too.
| This leaves the mainstream computing sector 
| as Microsoft's stronghold. Despite constant 
| attempts by pundits (including this one) to 
| descry a âYear of the GNU/Linux Desktopâ, 
| Windows shows little sign of losing its 
| grip on the desktop. But what has become 
| increasingly clear is that most computing 
| will be conducted through either the 
| browser â for cloud computing services, for 
| example â or through smartphones like the 
| iPhone and Android devices. Both render the 
| desktop operating system completely moot 
| (not least because Firefox is rapidly 
| moving towards parity with Internet 
| Explorer in many national markets), so 
| whether it's Windows or GNU/Linux that sits 
| at the bottom of the stack is really 
| irrelevant. 



"# Business: $4.75 billion, down 3 percent from $4.88 billion a
year earlier. # Online Services Business: $581 million, down 5 percent
from $609 million a year earlier. # Entertainment & Devices: $2.9 billion, down
11 percent from $3.26 billion a year earlier."

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