"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.
Heck they practically missed the internet. Gates himself thought it was a fad. They aren’t an innovator, they just see what other people have come up with, and then either buy it or do another one just like it.
Obviously this pathological Microsoft basher doesn't read much into their quarterly earnings reports lately. So quick to judge and overlook how many billions of R&D they have to use to keep their bread and butter products alive and customers happy. Server and Desktop OSs, SQL, Exchange, Office, Xbox and Xbox live.
For christ sakes, overall sales were 16.4 BILLION this past quarter. They must be doing something right. A lot of things right.
Considering how many tech companies come and go with fads or get bought out by competitors, to compare Microsoft were it is today, with startups is pointless. There is plenty of room for everyone these days.
They’re not even good copiers. And I don’t care what experts say. From what I can see of their coding practices, it looks like poop.