A million flowers bloomed.
All the rest well worth reading. It is an opinion piece, but well done.
"And what of their Innovation today? Microsoft has missed just about every major trend in computing over the past decade. They missed Search, they missed MP3 players, had to buy webmail, missed user generated content, maps,blogging, online video, cloud computing, location sensitive apps, smart phones, Apps, texting, social networking, tablets, micro-blogging (ie, Twitter). On and on goes the list of latest and greatest technologies, with MSFT nowhere to be seen.
"The list of recent Microsoft innovations is astonishingly short. They were always better copiers than they were innovators; even now, they seem to have forgotten how to steal effectively. They may have bought their way into gaming, dropping several billion dollars to become competitive, develop the X-Box and buying Bungie but all in, it is hardly a winner for them.
The anti-trust suit had nothing to do with the that licensing scheme. It was about bundling software such as Internet Explorer with the OS. I was working at Compaq at the time and it was a spat between Compaq and M$ over our inclusion of Netscape Navigator on out PC's that sparked the FTC investigation.
Yet to be told is what these bastards did to ergonomic keyboards.
I honestly think that what Microsoft wanted wasn't Skype's software or userbase, what they wanted was the long series of communications agreements that Skype's made with tier one providers around the world, and those agreements were loose enough to be leveraged by Microsoft. Because, let's be honest, Skype's software is just a gizmo, easily reproduced with dozens of packages out there. They don't hold any magic solutions that aren't available elsewhere. But what they did do was smooze and dine what they felt to be the most critical part of real time communication over the internet - the providers themselves.
And they got some pretty nifty sweetheart deals guarantying quality of service, something that'd cost Microsoft tons to try to reproduce themselves.
Why did Office take off and Word Perfect fail? Because Word Perfect kept putting kludges on their software to try to make it better, rather than going for the WYSIWYG interface that business wanted. Why did Alpha IV fail to Access? Because they decided that they could continue with a non-windows interface rather than adapt. Sure, FoxPro and Alpha IV and even DBASE were rocketships compared to Access, but required extensive learning to do the most basic of things, whereas Access excelled at just being easy. Lotus 1-2-3 bet business users wouldn't go for the fancier interface of Windows, and died.
Could someone come along and topple Microsoft? Absolutely. Will anyone? Probably not, but you never know. Firefox and Google Chrome are massive players in the browser market today, something that Netscape could have done, but they truthfully fell behind.
Anthropomorphizing Microsoft to make a person feel better just is foolish, and completely and utterly ignores the very rich history of computers and the massive amount of companies that made the home computer a must have device. And no, Microsoft didn't create the dot com bubble, that was done by all of us who looked at the Internet as being some magical goldmine that'll simply print money in unlimited quantities. Google came out on top because Excite decided to overload their pages to entice more investors, or AltaVista who decided to reduce the number of results, in the hope of making results more relevant, and instead made it outdated. AOL who decided to control how and what people did on the Internet and virtually cut their own throat as people simply went without their interface to the world. Sure, these companies still mostly exist, but are bit players today compared to the giants.
I'll give Yahoo some credit though, every time I think they're finally dead, they somehow manage to come up with some new idea and stay alive a little longer.
Maybe a goes a little too far, but there’s certainly a ring of truth to it. Microsoft innovates just like Sears did.
Sounds like sour grapes to me. Anyway, too bad they bought Skype, I like that program. MS always seems to buy these one-off things, then forgets about them and they vanish.