Skip to comments.In Case You Don't Appreciate How Fast The 'Windows Monopoly' Is Getting Destroyed...
Posted on 07/17/2013 8:09:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In the late 1990s, a single technology company became so unfathomably rich and powerful--and so hellbent on dominating not just its own industry but a massive and rapidly growing new one--that the U.S. government dragged the company into court and threatened to break it up over anti-trust violations. The case was settled, and the company, Microsoft, agreed to play nicer.
But it turned out that the world had nothing to worry about. As often happens in the technology industry, what has really destroyed Microsoft's choke hold on the global personal computing market over the past 15 years hasn't been a legal threat but a market shift.
Just when it looked like Microsoft's vision of the PC as the center of the tech world would lead to the creation of the world's first trillion-dollar company, the Internet came along.
And it washed over the PC industry like a tidal wave swallowing a pond.
In terms of market value, Microsoft's loss of power has long been visible: The stock is still trading at about half the level it hit at the peak of the tech boom 13 years ago. The effects on the actual PC industry fundamentals have taken longer to develop, but they are also now crystal clear.
Microsoft's "Windows monopoly" hasn't been so much destroyed as rendered irrelevant. Thanks to the explosion of Internet-based cloud computing and smartphones, tablets, and other mobile gadgets, the once all-powerful platform of the desktop operating system has now been reduced to little more than a device driver. As long as your gadget can connect to the Internet and run some apps, it doesn't matter what operating system you use.
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When is the last time you heard people talk about Microsoft?
For your tech PING list.
That's not at all what happened.
What happened was Bill Gates wasn't making political donations, and the Democrats dragged him in by the short hairs and taught him the error of his ways.
Now the Democrats are the happy recipients of Bill's beneficence, and all his anti-trust problems have gone away.
When the crappy/lousy/POS Win-8 OS joke came out.
Ah , Windows 8 works great
>> When is the last time you heard people talk about Microsoft?
Does “@#$%^&* Windows! %$^&* &^%$#** Microsoft “programmers”! %$#@^&*!!!!” count?
Exactly right. I was going to say exactly that, but you saved me the trouble.
Android is now a full OS?
The Microsoft haters are really losing it. Next thing you know they will count IPod touches as PCs.
What is your definition of an OS? Of a “full” OS? Just curious.
I just ripped them in a email over their UI presentation on their forums. I have been designing Windows desktop/webpage apps for over 20 years and their “new” style really sucks. They released a technology (WPF) that can do wonders when you use it, but instead they op for this sissified, bland metro look. It is ugly.
Is android not a full OS?
Very much agreed.
Where do hybrid devices fit in this? Like a surface pro? tablet or laptop?
We are finally getting monitors with the size and resolution to really fully utilize the windows concept and what do they do, introduce full screen apps and call it modern.
Android is java running on Linux . Yes a full computer OS in every sense of the word.
Really, I just can’t figure it out except to think it is the need of newbie’s to make their mark and re-invent the wheel every3-5 years with new buzz words that mean the same thing as old terms but they get to write white papers.
I firmly believe this cloud initiative, while rooted in a good concept of cost savings on hardware and processor time, will come full circle when people get tired of having no control over their data. I think the whole cloud thing is popular because as a whole our society is truly less tech savvy than they think they are and the internet craze is just a way to dumb down the presentation layer.
You are correct. That is exactly what happened.
Larry Ellison who as beneficiary of CIA data contracts paid the Clinton machine to go after Gates. If Gates had played ball by ponying up his contribution the Clinton machine would have offered Ellison a consolation prize.
But Gates was defiant thinking he didn’t need to listen, that they had nothing on him or Microsoft that could stick against Microsoft’s war chest and its lawyers. He was wrong.
Now Gates is a contributing left wing supporter. Mission accomplished.
And in fact our fellow Freepers should know that most of the leaders in technology and internet such as Google, Apple, Amazon are all compliant left wing supporters not because of their beliefs but because it’s just good business to them.
There’s more to this, much more but most people don’t know the black off-book world that funds a lot of tech giants and sustains them and allows them to dominate markets.
Android doesn’t run on laptops or desktops. It runs on phones and tablets. It is silly putting Android and Windows in the same category.
It’s like saying a bike is the same as a car because they both have wheels.
And no it doesn’t matter if it is based on Linux.
Still waiting on your answer to my question, professor.
Yup. MS lost some market share to iPads and Macs, and freaked out and made the situation worse by trying to copy the nonintuitive (for PC users at least) interfaces of Mac products. When users complained, they doubled down and similarly changed the entire Windows interface to something the customers didn’t want.
Seems to me that Microsoft’s current problems are partially due to their own bad decisions and unresponsiveness to their own customers. The unresponsiveness was bad enough when MS just made the occasional bonehead move, but now that they’ve gone “full retard”, it is not tolerable in the least.
If ha cannot answer that question, why should we listen to his opinion of an OS, since he cannot even define what he's talking about?
Seriously true! Heck, I'd rather use Win98 than the new UI-stuff.
...what has really destroyed Microsoft’s choke hold on the global personal computing market over the past 15 years hasn’t been a legal threat but the fact that it SUCKS!!!
It's not silly if, using your analogy, people abandon using cars because they are switching to bicycles. It's a matter of what people are using, not the spec sheets.
Not so fast. Microsoft continues to post billions of dollars in revenues and profit year after year. The MS Office division alone will be a cash cow for many more years to come. I personally subscribe to the Office 365 product and that is a fantastic deal. I get to put Office on up to five of my PCs, devices - or Macs.
Microsoft may not be getting all the attention they used to get but they are a very powerful corporation that continues to print money. If you are a shareholder, I would stay put and reap the dividends.
“When is the last time you heard people talk about Microsoft?”
I’ve heard LOTS of people talking about Microsoft lately, if you count cursing at Windows 8 as talking.
“Where do hybrid devices fit in this? Like a surface pro? tablet or laptop?”
They don’t. For someone who really needs the capabilities of a PC, either a conventional laptop or desktop are just fine. All of these bizzaro from factors are simply desperate gimmicks by the PC industry to try to save an industry that’s drastically shrinking primarily because simpler, cheaper, and more robust devices have come out that do most of what most users need to do with a PC, namely read email and surf the web. And none of those devices run Windows. And every last one of these gimmicky devices that DOES run Windows is going to fail.
People of the world have endured decades of victimization by Windows operating systems that have been bloated, buggy, balky, fragile and virus prone. Now people finally have alternatives, and none of these alternatives involve Microsoft products. Which is why Microsoft and their partners’ attempts to revive their fortunes by putting Windows on mobile (and bizarre) devices are doomed. People don’t WANT Windows on their mobile devices. They bought their mobile devices precisely because they were fleeing Windows.
I just did.
I GET that in the deranged desire of some people to show how people are abandoning the Windows OS, they decided to now count a mobile OS (that mostly runs on cell phones) as the same as Windows (that runs on equipment that Android isn’t), but that does not make Android a desktop OS and the same as Windows.
Just like with marriage, just because two men say that they want to be “married” does not mean the definition changes. And in the case of OSs, just because you have a OS that mostly runs on phones, being used by lots of people, does not mean that how we defined OSs for 30 years changes to include the stuff running on your cell phone. Why not count the OSs on PlayStations and Xboxes or the Wii? Those run programs too, can connect to the internet as well.
Of course they're not the same. But it is true that people aren't buying as many desktops because their smartphones/tablets serve their needs. In that sense, comparing Windows to Android or iOS does make sense, because they're competing for the same dollars.
I have a laptop that runs Android. It works better than my old XP laptop and runs all day on the battery.
I suspected that you had no idea of how to define what an OS is or what it does. Thanks for confirming my suspicion.
A current phone is more computer than I owned for the first decade or more of my computer owning life, probably you too.
You are quite correct.
However, the point of the article was that about a decade ago it looked like MS was going to become more and more dominant in the tech field.
That hasn’t happened and isn’t going to happen. We can expect MS to continue losing market share and dominance, though they will be profitable for a long time to come.
Hmmm...in the past 15 years I have (privately) spent on MS products...$50 for a WinXP Pro license via ebay. Granted, my firm spent/spends somewhat more for the newer OS, MS Office etc. But in the home PC sector? Who needs MS anymore?
I’m using the mainstream definition.
I suspect that you are trying to use the definition of it that involves kernels our some technical jargon where any toaster or server that uses a Linux kernel can be counted (the whole Android is Linux line), which isn’t even what this article is using.
Ahh--You must mean the definition of software operating the hardware.
You're right--phones and tablets don't have any software operating the hardware. It's all just magic.
In other words to you an OS is something that has a Windows logo and a start button. If you choose to educate yourself you may find that most people that devote their lives to studying and working with concepts like computer operating systems would tend to employ a broader, more abstract and more technical definition than you. Rock on, dude.
It doesn’t matter how you define it. Are people cancelling or deferring decisions to buy Windows-based products because of their Android or iOS based products? If yes (and that is indeed the answer), then regardless of arguments over what is or isn’t a computer, comparing the units sold and the dollars spent on each is absolutely a head-to-head comparison.
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